How Can Challenges Inspire You To Think Differently

Dr. Francis,, November 2020

When I was in graduate school for my doctoral degree, I submitted a paper to a well-respected professor. Afterward, he asked to meet and inquired whether English was my second language. It wasn’t. At the time, I was working full time, had a young family and commuted 1.5 hours each way to the school several nights a week, getting home at midnight. I was often very tired. I could have blamed these circumstances, but I knew better.

At 11 years old, my parents were told I was having trouble writing and reading. They took me to a child psychologist who gave me a battery of learning and aptitude tests. After hours of assessments, the doctor said I was intelligent and had a high IQ score, but I also had a learning disability: dyslexia. Read more.