the Dyslexia quest

Retired NFL Player Jovan Haye says Dyslexia is a Blessing

“According to the NCAA, only 9 in 10,000 high school senior football players eventually play for the National Football League. Jovan Haye achieved that rare dream, despite overwhelming odds.

Born in poverty, he immigrated to the U.S., lived in violent low-income neighborhoods, suffered abuse at home, and believed he was “a dumb kid” because of undiagnosed dyslexia and a host of dyslexia -related conditions.

Jovan then discovered his gift for athletics. His success in team sports gave him confidence to face other challenges and to overcome his biggest obstacle of all – severe dyslexia. He became an honor roll student, graduated from Vanderbilt and went on to play for seven years in the NFL.

Now Jovan Haye is a husband, proud father, and the owner of many successful businesses. He also has authored a book entitled “Bigger Than Me” where he tells how he accessed the power that pushed him forward and allowed him to triumph on and off the playing field.” – Taken from Jovan Hayes Website

In this episode we talk about : 

  • How Dyslexia is a blessing for Jovan
  • The critical role of failure in success.
  • How to grow ones perseverance
  • How one teacher changed Jovan’s   life, and what she said
  • The important need  for role models in adopting dyslexia as a positive part of identity
  • The shadow side to ambition and drive

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Guests:
  • Jovan Haye
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Jovan Haye

According to the NCAA, only 9 in 10,000 high school senior football players eventually play for the National Football League. Jovan Haye achieved that rare dream, despite overwhelming odds. Born in poverty, he immigrated to the U.S., lived in violent low-income neighborhoods, suffered abuse at home, and believed he was “a dumb kid” because of undiagnosed dyslexia and a host of dyslexia-related conditions. Jovan then discovered his gift for athletics. His success in team sports gave him confidence to face other challenges and to overcome his biggest obstacle of all - severe dyslexia. He became an honor roll student, graduated from Vanderbilt and went on to play for seven years in the NFL. Now Jovan Haye is a husband, proud father, and the owner of many successful businesses. He also has authored a book entitled "Bigger Than Me" where he tells how he accessed the power that pushed him forward and allowed him to triumph on and off the playing field.

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