Shelagh Robinson Mirror Read Blog 31: Kevin O’Leary – Mirror Reading Genius?

Overcoming:  It’s the classic business model. Schools of economics and hard knocks teach about uphill victories, and genius that prevails through perseverance. Thus, the value of capitalizing on reversals – whether of fortune, or letters – is nothing new to a business success story such as Kevin O’Leary.

In his public talks, the Canadian entrepreneur-financier-acerbic television journalist, and Dragon on the hit CBC show Dragon’s Den, widely acknowledges the difficult experiences that helped shape the success he is today. These include an aversive ice cream shop boss, and a learning disability that he learned to cope with in some ingenious ways.

At last year’s Atlantic Dreams Festival, business writer Roderick MacKenzie, who profiled the guest speakers, wrote,

“Kevin O’Leary is a Canadian venture capitalist who was dyslexic as a kid and had to read by looking at his textbooks in a mirror.” (1)

What?! I had to find out more.  According to numerous sources, Mr. O’Leary is also proficient at reading upside-down text – has been since he was a child. This isn’t surprising to me as transformational aptitudes are often associated with learning ‘disabilities.’  The links between upside-down reading, dyslexia and entrepreneurial acumen are fascinating.

It’s common knowledge that O’Leary is quick-witted. But to use a mirror to decode textbooks as a student? I see this as pure creative genius. It’s like Academic Macgyver. Or Scholastic Survivor. The mental rotation skills involved in such feats are impressively right-brain.

Can O’Leary’s success in the markets be attributed to the mental flexibility he cultivated in the mirror with his textbooks? Sadly Mr. O’Leary’s people did not get back to me with a comment by press time. Still, I leave the door open….

This O’Leary connection is not the first time right-brain talents have been linked to business success. In his best-selling book, “A Whole New Mind,” (2) Daniel Pink focuses on the changing world of work, and skill sets necessary to prosper in 21st century markets. He acknowledges a need for cultivating right-brain aptitudes, including synthesis, and the ability to turn ideas over in our minds, if we are to thrive in new economies.

In fact, there are lots of naturally gifted right-brain transformers. The internet is full of research and anecdotes about the neuro-mechanics of reading words that are reversed and inversed. There are some really creative teachers and parents exploring alternate text orientations with reluctant readers. (3)

It’s cresting: A whole new wave of serious games and educational entertainment based on enhancing right-brain dexterity. That’s what Mirror Read books and apps are all about – innovation in transformation.

I’d love to know more about Mr. O’Leary’s mirror reading talents, methods, and content retention. I bet he’d blow away the competition with our Mirror Read RSS Headline News Game – and zip through the business dailies in no time….

Is a mirror reading challenge in order?

Kevin, call me.




One Response to Shelagh Robinson Mirror Read Blog 31: Kevin O’Leary – Mirror Reading Genius?

  1. shelagh says:

    Thanks for the compliment. Please LIKE us on Facebook and continue to spread the good (back) word … : )

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