A 17-year-old with dyslexia who was bullied in school is getting the ultimate revenge — by becoming a successful entrepreneur who’s on track to be a millionaire by the age of 20.
Ollie Forsyth, from Northamptonshire, England, said his success is a long way from where he was just a few years ago.
“I went to a special needs school, which helped me with my dyslexia and was fantastic,” he told MailOnline. “I then moved to a school in Dorset where I had the worst three years of my life, constant bullying and cyber bullying.”
After keeping his struggles with bullying inside, he finally opened up to a counselor. The counselor advised him to go for his dreams, saying that he would “be a billionaire” someday.
“This is what drove me to success,” he said. "I was bullied that much, I wanted to end my life, but, I said to myself: ‘I am going to be a millionaire one day and those bullies will be working for me.’”
Now, Forsyth runs an online tailor service called Ollie’s Shop — which brings in more than $45,000 annually.
“My entrepreneurial career started aged six when I made my parents tea and coffee and charged them [$0.30] a cup,” he said. “I didn’t need to pay for any of the resources, just the [labor]. I had a car-wash business, sold my parents’ vegetable patch yearly, and had a tuck shop at school making [$10,626] a year.”
Forsyth’s accomplishments don’t end there. The young businessman was nominated for the Great British Entrepreneurs Award and will soon establish his own creative digital agency.
“I think it’s really interesting to see how I left school with not many friends and I didn’t have the greatest three years of my life there, but now students are constantly asking me to do something with them,” he said. “I don’t have a problem with this at all, I think it’s great as it proves those bullies I’m not actually a failure."