As a left-hander, who is keenly aware that I live in a predominantly right-handed world, I am always on the look-out for validation that being left-handed doesn't mean I am flawed. I guess my Catholic upbringing where my darling well-intentioned grandmother tied my left hand behind my back when I was a toddler got to me. I knew then when my Grandmother and mother argued about the horrors of my being left-handed that something wasn't right about being left.
So, imagine my glee when I ran across a Facebook post on International Left-handed day. In fact, it's been around for 28 years. Who knew that left-handedness would be celebrated not denigrated?
Psychologists have recently hypothesized that being left-handed may be a sign of a strong right brain and, as such, superior language skills and creativity. Famous, smart people such as Bill Gates and Steve Jobs have proven this to be a strong possibility. And they're not the only ones.
Leonardo Da Vinci, Pablo Picasso and Michael Angelo left long-lasting impressions across the globe, and they too were left-handed. Martina Navratilova and Raphael Nadal have knocked out many a right-handed tennis star. Albert Einstein, Marie Curie (Nobel Prize winner) and Isaac Newton, all scientists have gone down in the history books. Alexander the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte, Rani Laxmibai and U.S. Presidents John F. Kennedy, Ronald Regan, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are all famous leaders that were left-handed.
But despite the fact many left-handers have been high achievers, still, in many parts of the world, there is still a strong bias against left-handedness. So, we must continue to celebrate to change the idea that being left-handed is in any way a bad thing.
Let's start with my Company, Pramata, who has nine left-handers, including our illustrious and expressive CEO, Praful Saklani who is living proof that left-handers are strongly right-brained, with over-the-top language and creativity skills.
Though my grandmother is no longer with us, I would proudly talk to her about the ingenuity and brilliance the left-handers at Pramata bring to the company. It's clear that there's a lot right about being left.