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Richard Branson

Anderson Cooper interview

21 May, 2004

Cooper interviews Branson for a segment on how disabilities can create success by developing different ways of processing information:

I was as a child dyslexic, not badly dyslexic but dyslexic had quite a lot of problems in school … The reason that I think people who are dyslexic seem to exceed quite well in life, having had hell at school, is that you do simplify things … Anything urgent I write on the back of the hand, so I keep everything pretty simple…Obviously someone who’s dyslexic you’ve got to try to get them as much help as they can from, you know, the people at the schools and other people who are specializing in dyslexia. But, you know, in the end I think, you know, the chances are that they may well excel in other areas.