Your Dyslexic Loan Officer

Here’s one for you: I have a mild form of dyslexia. I have been debating writing about this, but I figure that maybe I can encourage someone with it or something that is going through the same issues as I have on a daily basis.

Mine didn’t really affect me when I was growing up, I masked it well and I still do it now. You just learn how to do it and deal with it. Know and acknowledge that I do it…and triple check everything, always.

When I read something, although I have become a much faster reader, I have to read it like 10 times sometimes before I “get it”. I write out of order a LOT…like when I am writing (not typing), I will write a word, but I will start with maybe the 3rd letter of the word first and then write the others all around it. So, for example, if I were to write the word, “mortgage” I sometimes will start with writing with the letter “t” and then fill in the other letters around it. LOL. I transpose numbers. I write letters backwards. I sometimes cannot remember which way a letter goes…like a “b” vs. a “d”. I also write words out of order in a sentence. Fun stuff.

So, what do I do? I mean, I work with numbers for a living…I am constantly writing things for a living also.

I have learned that when it comes to numbers, I ALWAYS triple check with my clients that I am getting the important things written down correctly. Like socials and addresses etc. I still get it wrong sometimes, but we always fix it, so don’t you worry.

The letters bit, well I have just learned to embrace that and roll with it. Yeah, I write out of order, dang it, but the word gets spelled…eventually.

Admittedly, sometimes it is a little embarrassing when I am taking an in-person loan application and I am writing something down in front of someone else, and I can clearly see that they saw me write out of order! I have learned to just tell them, “Hey, this is what I do…but I can put together one hell of a loan package and that is what is important.” We smile and laugh and then move on. No one gives a crap, for reals.

My assistants laugh at me (cause it is funny sometimes) because they have learned to “check” some things before we run credit to make sure they are correct. It is all good.

So, what’s my point? I am thinking that it is about not being limited and letting things limit you. Overcoming something and not using it as an excuse to as to why I didn’t excel at whatever. I have learned to “own it” and to live with it and embrace it. I don’t let it stop me from doing anything. Ever. I NEVER think, “Poor me!” It just is what it is and I just deal with it…and I think I am doing just fine.

That is all I have for today!

LOL Saw this on Facebook and found it fitting…I CAN spell well though 🙂

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