The desire to write started as a young boy watching mysteries and dramas at the movies. Passionate moments between the leading man and woman surrounded by intrigue and mystery drew me into the plot and held me captive to the end. I knew I wanted to touch people in the same. Not only were they entertaining, but they, many times, taught good moral lessons.
So, why did I wait so long to begin writing? The answer is very simple. I could barely read. That seemed an insurmountable obstacle when I was growing up. Getting through high school was no easy task. There was one thing on my side, which was my ability to retain most of what I heard. When it was time to take a test I drew on my memory. I graduated high school not knowing why I struggled. Years later, I discovered the villain in my life was dyslexia.
At age twenty I found myself on a US Navy Aircraft Carrier crossing the Atlantic heading for the Mediterranean Sea. There I was in the hull of a ship filled with such fear and embarrassment because I could barely read. The weight of the shame was almost more than I could take. Feeling alone among so many people I knew it couldn’t continue.
One day in the ship’s store I started looking at paperback books. The book rack was filled with all types of stories, but only one stood out; Robert E. Howard’s "Conan the Barbarian". This was my chance. After purchasing the book, I rushed to my rack, the Navy word for bed, and started reading. In just minutes I was fast asleep. The stress and strain trying to focus on the words was exhausting. When I woke, less than a paragraph of the book was read. I learned that using my finger to point to each word kept my eyes focused.
After weeks of effort I was finally able to read a complete page without passing out from exhaustion. It was a year before we returned to the US. By that time, I was able to read without the restriction of fatigue. I went on to complete three degrees with honors.
I worked one semester as a freelance journalist for the college I received my MBA. During that semester five of my articles were published. After achieving success in college I decided to pick up my childhood dream of becoming a writer.
Overcoming my handicap motivated me to accomplish my dreams. I can only pray that you will be motivated to accomplish your dreams, no matter how long or hard your struggle remember that success is a dreamed fulfilled through perseverance.