Dyslexic man un­loads through writ­ing

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

Writ­ing a book may seem like a strange thing for a dyslexic per­son to do but for Hamil­ton based au­thor Steve O’brien it’s been ther­a­peu­tic.

O’brien, who was born in Tokoroa in the South Waikato in 1960 be­fore leav­ing in 2009 af­ter his fa­ther died, has just re­leased his sec­ond book ti­tled Dys­lexia Trans­formed Through Self Em­pow­er­ment.

It’s writ­ten for in­di­vid­u­als with dys­lexia, like him­self, or peo­ple who may be find­ing life chal­leng­ing, as a way to en­cour­age them to be­lieve in them­selves and to never give up.

The reader is en­cour­aged to tap into their po­ten­tial by ap­ply­ing goals, stay­ing fo­cused, and to think in self em­pow­er­ing ways.

O’brien knows all to well the strug­gles dys­lexia can bring and said writ­ing the book has been an in­ter­est­ing process. ‘‘Life has been very frus­trat­ing hav­ing dys­lexia and I am con­stantly chal­lenged more than oth­ers when I try some­thing new,’’ he said.

‘‘It took me two years to write this book. At first it was de­press­ing to write so I changed the writ­ing for­mat and tran­scended from neg­a­tive to pos­i­tive think­ing, re­flect­ing on how I have been an over­comer in the face of ad­ver­sity so the book ac­cen­tu­ates the pos­i­tive in be­ing dyslexic or a hu­man be­ing.’’

‘‘There are a few rea­sons I wrote it. I wanted to un­load any­thing from the past that may have been hin­der­ing my abil­ity to per­form as a bet­ter per­son, to clar­ify where I have been and what I went through, to know thy­self, and I also wanted to help any­one that is strug­gling, not to give up. There is a way through,’’ he said.

He said the big­gest mis­con­cep­tion with the con­di­tion is that peo­ple of­ten think dyslexic peo­ple are un­in­tel­li­gent but re­ally they just ‘‘think dif­fer­ently’’.

O’brien said it was essen­tial for dyslexic peo­ple to seek re­sources to help min­imise the ef­fects.

‘‘Be en­thu­si­as­tic about grow­ing, de­vel­op­ing, and be­ing all you can be. Go on a cam­paign to work on the ar­eas of your life that need work­ing on and you will be­come stronger in these ar­eas,’’ he said.

His first book was pub­lished in 2014 ti­tled Fish­ing Unique Kon­tiki Ways.

To pur­chase a copy of Dys­lexia Trans­formed Through Self Em­pow­er­ment email stepheno­brien@live.com.

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Au­thor Steve O’brien

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Steve O’brien’s new book Dys­lexia Trans­formed Through Self Em­pow­er­ment.

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