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How Well Do You Know Your Watch?

If you wear a watch, don’t look at it while reading this!

Now answer this question: Does your watch have numeric, roman numerics or no numeric indicators on its face?

I have asked that question to many people and believe it or not, less than 20% of them got the answer right! Yes, only one out of five people really know the answer to that question eventhough they’ve been wearing the same watch for years!

So did you get it right?

Personally, I never wear a watch. I think that watches nowadays are really jewellery instead of timepieces. I’m already surrounded by watches and clocks everywhere I go anyway, so why burden my wrist with a redundant device?

  • There’s a clock on my computer desktop
  • There’s a clock on my car’s dashboard
  • Even the car radio has a built in clock function (although I haven’t figured out how to set it correctly after 5 years)
  • When watching TV, my Astro satellite unit displays the time along with the channel information
  • There’s a clock in every room in my house (except the bathrooms, where I think it’s needed the most… maybe I’ll put up some)

We’re surrounded by devices that tells us the time… so do you really need a watch?

If I were to ever get a watch for myself, I’d probably get a Technomarine watch. Not that I’m a frequent sea-traveler or a diver, but just because it looks pretty darn solid. It’s still not too late to get me a Christmas gift, you know 😉

By the way, when you checked your watch earlier, what was the time? I bet you didn’t remember, right?

It’s not surprising. Most people check their watch not to tell the time, but to calculate the remaining time to their next event. For example, if you’re in a meeting that’s scheduled for one hour, you won’t actually look at the time per se, but counting down how many minutes are remaining for the meeting.

Unbelievable? Believe it.

  1. Fact 1: Dyslexics are better business owners.
  2. Fact 2: Managers are horrible business owners.
  3. Fact 3: Only 1 percent of corporate managers in the USA are dyslexic.

Those are the facts that are implied in this well written article from the New York Times: Tracing Business Acumen to Dyslexia. Although I appreciate the wonderful research that author Brent Bowers has put into the article, I’m not really surprised by the findings.

First we need to understand what dyslexia really is. It’s not a mental disorder as most people are wrongly inclined to believe. The fact is, dyslexia is more of a neurological anomaly. Anyway, this post is not to discuss the subject of dyslexia itself. If you want an overview of the topic, then check out the Wikipedia entry on dyslexia.

Getting back to the linked NYT article, there are three key weapons that dyslexics use much better than “normal” people:

  • A higher willingness to delegate responsibilities
  • More likely to engage in creative processes
  • Preference to do rather than study

A non-dyslexic business owner is much more likely to be emotionally attached to their business. Dyslexics on the other hand, treat their businesses more like a tool. What the tool’s purpose is differs from one dyslexic to another; some use their businesses as a tool to make money, while others treat their businesses as tools to do what they enjoy doing.

Either way, they’re more likely to be successful in their businesses because they know that it will be very hard for them to get a job due to their condition. Therefore they tend to put in significantly more effort in an undertaking. The fact that dyslexics tend to work much harder and more creatively while growing up with their condition also contribute towards making them become highly driven entrepreneurs.

While almost everyone has some degree of creativity, the levels on which dyslexics operate with are significantly higher than the average person. This is not something they do by choice, but by necessity. Dyslexics know that they have problems with writing and reading. The more successful ones compensate by developing better than average oratory, visual or analytical skills. They know that there surely must be other ways to do things and thrive on finding these solutions.

For most people, the key to success is through so-called education. The fact is that most education systems in the world is significantly flawed due to the overwhelming focus on linguistic and mathematical skills. Needless to say, dyslexics aren’t really good with the writing or reading stuff.

In fact, they often prefer more hands on and practical ways of learning things. What is seen as a weakness in their school days becomes a key strength as they become entrepreneurs. Rather than perform a thousand feasibility studies and drafting countless proposals, dyslexic entrepreneurs just want to get things done! This is one skill that becomes lost as one steps up the corporate ladder from being an operative to a manager… too much time is wasted on paperwork and once it’s completed the opportunity of generating more income might be gone forever.

So if you have dyslexic children or know of people who are dyslexic, don’t be a jerk to them. Who knows, they might be billionaires in the making.