parallax background

Jo Malone MBE

Founder & Creative Director at Jo Loves

Jo Malone MBE

Founder & Creative Director at Jo Loves

At school, I struggled. I didn’t understand it then, but I was, and still am, severely dyslexic. I knew I was smart, but nobody else could see it. I remember at primary school being caught copying during a test, I couldn’t read the questions and I couldn't bare being at the bottom of the class. The teacher made me stand on my chair and as I felt the full force of humiliation she said: “Jo Malone, you will never make anything of your life, you are lazy and you are stupid.” and that stuck with me. I never let that define me, I knew I wasn't lazy and I knew I wasn't stupid I just couldn't do it in the same way. 
 
Never allow yourself to be defined by other people's opinions. 
 
Dyslexia did not hold me back I did things differently and that gave me an edge. Not everybody can do everything so find help, find somebody that can do things you can't. Dyslexia is not a disability it's the ability to think differently. 
 
Words are taken from a podcast interview with Holly Tucker - Conversations of Inspiration. You can listen to the full interview here Holly Tucker: Jo Malone CBE, founder of Jo Loves - The Spirit Required To Build Iconic Brands
 
 
JOIN THE BIG PICTURE THINKERS

Over the coming weeks we're excited to introduce you to our 'Founding 50' Women Beyond the Box. Sign up to receive our full newsletter straight into your inbox.