Feeling Ashamed of Being Dyslexic and Getting Past That in Business and in Life: Scott Ballard

Feeling Ashamed of Being Dyslexic and Getting Past That in Business and in Life: Scott Ballard


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My guest for Episode #106 of the My Favorite Mistake podcast is Scott Ballard, a coach, speaker, and author, based in Portland, Oregon. His company is Confidence Coach LLC.

From his bio, Scott “has used that superpower [of encouragement] to help create insight and breakthroughs for hundreds of people to take their life and their business to the next level. [Scott] can do this because his dyslexia blinded him from seeing his own genius for many years, so he became brilliant at seeing the genius superpower in others.”

In today's episode, Scott shares his “favorite mistake” story about feeling shamed for having dyslexia. How did he learn that it wasn’t shameful? How did he decide to share his dyslexia with people?

We talk about that and other topics including:

  • Joking about “being dyslexic” in a meeting — inappropriate?
  • Learning from business failures, wife’s encouragement
  • “Fail fast”
  • New business – learned not everybody is an ideal client
  • Coaching dyslexic leaders?

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"I think my favorite mistake is, is this idea that being dyslectic is shameful, is a disability. I made the mistake to believe a person in authority that really didn't have my best interests in mind."
"If you can't be transparent, honest about your failures, I can't help you."

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. He is also a Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Marketing with the healthcare advisory firm, Value Capture.