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Apprentice winner Tom sees his dyslexia as a positive

Emma Emma | 11:35 UK time, Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Tom Pellereau, winner of the seventh series of the UK Apprentice, joins Richard Branson on a long list of entrepreneurs with dyslexia.

Tom Pellereau

Following Sir Alan Sugar's decision on Sunday, Tom said that for him, dyslexia has always been a positive.

"I discovered I could do things better than other people. If I had an idea, I could visualise it in my brain and spin it around.

"I was so lucky that computers came out when I was starting to write essays."

On The Apprentice:The Final Five, Tom's mum spoke about how his disability has made him an innovative problem solver.

"The advantages of dyslexia are that you are much better at adapting. You can go underneath or over the top of a problem and not take the direct route ... Tom's good at that."

31-year-old Tom describes himself as an inventor. His final business plan for Lord Sugar involved office chairs and he claims to have created the world's first curved nail file, but maybe Mr. Pellereau's near future is in the studio rather than the boardroom.

A source described as a "telly insider", has been quoted in today's Sun as saying that Tom Pellereau may get his own science and technology show.

"Executives have been really impressed with the way he came over on TV. He is probably one of the most personable Apprentice winners and something of an underdog, which always goes down well with the British public.

"The BBC would love to do more with him. There is definitely a gap in the market."


  • Comment number 1.

    From one dyslexic to another, its really great to show that he's being really positive about his dyslexia. It just shows that you CAN achieve with dyslexia. I always got told that I wouldn't achieve anything and that I would never make it through University. I'm in my final year and on course to getting a 2:1

  • Comment number 2.

    Its great to hear about spinning what most people could see as negative into a positive thing. I have similarly found depression to really help put me into a problem solving state rather than trying to fight it as if its something unnaturally and unacceptable.

  • Comment number 3.

    I've found myself struggling with bipolar disorder sometimes. The range of emotion swing one way or another is really great sometimes. The lows help you self reflect and focus on important issues. The high points you feel really motivated and can get a lot done.

  • Comment number 4.

    Its am very happy to see what most would see as an unfortunate situation as a obstacle with which to improve oneself. While it may be hard to believe there are lot of studies out there that say necessity causes productivity. Those who are a little different often get that boost.

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