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Leadership often entails overcoming adversity. Therefore, it is both obvious and surprising that we find individuals with learning disabilities rising to the top of their career fields. ¬†Charles Schwab, founder of the well-known discount brokerage firm that bears his name, is dyslexic. Schwab grew up at a time period when those afflicted with dyslexia were considered obtuse or unmotivated. Even today, dyslexic children are at a much greater risk of having a poor self-image and becoming underachievers. But it doesn’t have to be that way, says Schwab, one of many successful dyslexics, and perhaps the richest, with a net worth of more than $3 billion. To help stop the confidence drain in dyslexic children, he[...]

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One day, an expert in time management was speaking to a group of business students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration those students will never forget. As he stood in front of the group of overachievers he said, “Okay, time for a quiz” and he pulled out a one-gallon, wide-mouth mason jar and set it on the table in front of him. He also produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar. When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, “Is this jar full?” Everyone in the class yelled, “Yes.” The time management expert[...]