I am dyslexic, 22 years old, and a small business owner.
It’s a very interesting combination, but it’s who I am. Dyslexia is something I have struggled with ever since the third grade when I was unofficially diagnosed from my optometrist. When it was time for me to read the chart at the other end of the room, I read the letters unknowingly in an incorrect order from left to right. Let me clarify, this was after the doctor set my revised vision, the letters were as clear as the sky that day in Cheyenne, WY. When I moved to Tennessee a few years later, I was officially diagnosed from a specialist about my condition. Dyslexia is a reading disability that occurs when the brain does not properly recognize and process certain symbols. When it comes to reading and writing, no matter how smart the person is, it is exceptionally harder for a dyslexic. All throughout schooling even into my collegiate years, every speech, essay, or important email needed a second glance and most of the time it was by my unconditionally loving Mother. It was embarrassing at times, my “how’s” would be “who’s” and “want” would be “what” on a consistent basis (To be honest, I still mess up those words from time to time). Even though it is a learning disability, I have never allowed it to hold me back from pursuing my dreams and passions. Winston Churchill said, “Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.” I always saw dyslexia as one of my weaknesses but I told myself everyday to stay strong and trust that God will get me through it. I had my successes like making the Dean’s list and serving as President to an 80-person fraternity, but I worked my ass off to prove to others that difficulties would not control my life. Fast forwarding to now… I’m armed with a BBA in Entrepreneurship from Belmont University, a scalable business model, and an incredible support system consisted of family, professors, and friends. I couldn’t ask for anything else.
I realize that starting a business out of college has its risks but for me, I believe that there couldn’t be a better time than now. I have the passion, drive, resources, support, and most of all the understanding of failure. But why should failure hold you back? (I could easily insert a Wayne Gretzky quote here) Starting a business that you are passionate about is easy. Yes, I know that is a bold statement but like Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life.” I love my roots and where I am from, I also love innovation, creativity, and every aspect to small business. BUT… Home means more to me than anyone could ever imagine. When I walk into my apartment and see my custom Home Sweet Home print on the wall with the coordinates to 3033 Thomas Rd, I am instantly reminded of where I built the foundation to my life. As I have said before, coordinates are a set of values that show an exact location of where memories were made. Think about the most influential explores of time… they used coordinates to mark where they came from and where they are going. The precise degrees, minutes, and seconds have such an inspirational meaning. This idea is why Home Sweet Home exists; to create a brand that connects the consumer to a quality product that symbolizes the sentimental meaning of home.
So my question to you is… Where is your Home Sweet Home? What’s your story? Starting now until June 21st, email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org and the winner will receive a custom print and feature on an upcoming blog post.