Famous Dyslexics

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All dyslexics struggle in the same way. The video above ‘Famous Dyslexics – Get Inspired’ was made to inspire those with dyslexia, young and old.
Dyslexics struggle because they think differently and often are famous because they think differently. So what if they were taught differently in a way that complemented dyslexia learning styles and used their strengths… with a different method… what might they become? 10% of the population are dyslexic, in every classroom there are two. Dyslexics all struggle in the same way. You CAN make a positive change to your child’s life. What could your child become?



Famous Dyslexics (A-B)

Muhammad Ali

One of the Worlds’ Greatest and most Famous Boxers

Famous Dyslexics

“As a high school student, many of my teachers labeled me DUMB… I knew who the real dummies were. I barely graduated…There was no way I was going to college- I never even thought about it. I could barely read my textbooks.”


Professor Elizabeth Blackburn

Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine, 2009

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“One of the things I was thinking about today is that as a kid I had dyslexia. I had a lot of trouble in school and was put into remedial classes. I thought that I was stupid”


Orlando Bloom

Award Winning Actor


“It’s a gift and don’t let anyone tell you that because you struggle with dyslexia you’ll never make it in life because it’s simply not true. It’s about your determination and desire to overcome. And I think that the obstacles that come with any disability can become the opportunity of your life if you make it that.”


Sir Richard Branson

Founder of Virgin Enterprises


“My teachers thought I was just lazy because back then; people didn’t understand as much about dyslexia as they do today. On one of my last days at school, the headmaster told me that I would either end up in prison or become a millionaire.”


Erin Brockovich

Famous Lawyer and Activist

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“Most people don’t know I have dyslexia. I don’t like to be labelled. We are taught not to judge a book by its cover, but that’s exactly what we do. People called me stupid — I knew I could learn, but I just couldn’t learn the way society wanted to teach me. There are no set answers, just be who you are.”


Famous Dyslexics (C-E)

Agatha Christie

Author

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“I, myself, was always recognized…as the ‘slow one’ in the family. It was quite true, and I knew it and accepted it. Writing and spelling were always terribly difficult for me…. I was…an extraordinarily bad speller and have remained so until this day.”


Tom Cruise

Award Winning Actor

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“When I was about 7 years old, I had been labeled dyslexic. I’d try to concentrate on what I was reading, then I’d get to the end of the page and have very little memory of anything I’d read. I would go blank, feel anxious, nervous, bored, frustrated, dumb. I would get angry. My legs would actually hurt when I was studying. My head ached. All through school and well into my career, I felt like I had a secret. When I’d go to a new school, I wouldn’t want the other kids to know about my learning disability, but then I’d be sent off to remedial reading.”


Princess Victoria Désirée

Swedish Crown Princess

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“I used to think I was stupid and slow. When one has reading and writing difficulties, it can be tough sometimes. It can sound like a simple problem, but it isn’t – I know.”


Walt Disney

Producer, Animation Artist, Theme Park Pioneer

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“If you can dream it, you can do it.”


Albert Einstein

Producer, Animation Artist, Theme Park Pioneer

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“He told me that his teachers reported that . . . he was mentally slow, unsociable, and adrift forever in his foolish dreams.”
– Hans Albert Einstein (Albert Einstein’s father)



Famous Dyslexics (F-J)

Whoopi Goldberg

Award Winning Actress


“When I was a kid they didn’t call it dyslexia. They called it… you know, you were slow, or you were retarded, or whatever.”


King Carl XVI Gustaf

King of Sweden

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“I wanted to show that it can get better and show the 700,000 dyslexics in this country that you can get up and learn from your mistakes,” said Carl-Philip. He stated that dyslexia is generally a genetic disorder and that both his father, King Carl Gustaf, and sister, Crown Princess Victoria also suffer from it.


William Hewlett

Co-founder, Hewlett-Packard Company (HP)

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“The greatest success goes to the person who is not afraid to fail in front of even the largest audience.”



Steve Jobs

Co-founder, Apple

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“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.”



Famous Dyslexics (K-M)

Ingvar Kamprad

Founder, IKEA

Famous Dyslexics

“Making mistakes is the privilege of the active. It is always the mediocre people who are negative, who spend their time proving that they were not wrong.”



Keira Knightley

Award Winning Actress


“I was diagnosed when I was six. I worked hard to get the better of it and by the time I got to secondary school, it was much better. I can read and write – badly – but I’m fine reading scripts.”


John Lennon

Musician – The Beatles

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“You don’t need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!”


Jay Leno

Comedian, Actor, Writer, Producer, Voice Actor and TV Host.


“One thing about mildly dyslexic people – they’re good at setting everything else aside to pursue one goal.”


James Middleton

Brother of Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge

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“I was fine with numbers but it took me a longer time to grasp simple things like spelling. I used to spell everything phonetically, or I would have little tricks for words I could not figure out. There was some relief in being diagnosed with dyslexia because a lot of the strain comes from trying to hide it.”


Famous Dyslexics (N-P)

Jamie Oliver

Celebrity Chef


“My dyslexia’s a weird one, sometimes I have really good days at reading, sometimes I read like a five year old.”


Kerry Packer

Australian Publishing, Media and Gaming Tycoon

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“I got a lot of beltings, because I wasn’t a very good child”


Pablo Picasso

Artist

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“Everything you can imagine is real.”


Famous Dyslexics (Q-T)

Daniel Radcliffe

Actor – Harry Potter Star

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“I’ve never been one of the cool people at school, but then again, I don’t get the people who are cool. It’s not that I don’t like them, it’s just that they don’t interest me.”


Will Smith

Award Winning Actor

famous people with dysleixa

“The keys to life are running and reading. When you’re running, there’s a little person that talks to you and says, “Oh I’m tired. My lung’s about to pop. I’m so hurt. There’s no way I can possibly continue.” You want to quit. If you learn how to defeat that person when you’re running. You will how to not quit when things get hard in your life. For reading: there have been gazillions of people that have lived before all of us. There’s no new problem you could have–with your parents, with school, with a bully. There’s no new problem that someone hasn’t already had and written about it in a book.”


Steven Spielberg

Award winning Director and Filmmaker


“I felt like an alien. I always felt like I never belonged to any group that I wanted to belong to.”


Kerry Stokes AC

Australian Businessman

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“The brothers had a pretty simple way – it was the devil’s hands and the devil’s mind and the devil’s eye. I used to hate that damned devil”…”If you didn’t spell it right, you got strapped. If you didn’t get it right, you got strapped. I don’t want people to think it was horrific — it was just the way it was. I don’t think a slap on the hand or a stick on the backside has done anyone any harm.”


Famous Dyslexics (U-Z)

Marco Pierre White

Celebrity Chef


“It’s not a stigma to be labelled with dyslexia. Individuals with dyslexia have great talents and great qualities”…”The teachers knew that I struggled and I could hear the other children laughing so it broke my confidence down. When I left school I was 16 years old. Did I struggle with how to read? Yes I did. Did I struggle with how to spell? Yes I did.”


Henry Winkler

Award Winning Actor


“I was allergic to school. I was completely befuddled by school. I was trying so hard but I couldn’t succeed. I took geometry for four years, the same course over and over again and I did not graduate with my senior class.”


Princess Beatrice of York

Elder daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York

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“When I was younger I was diagnosed with dyslexia which meant, for me, sitting in front of a book was really hard”


… and that’s just a few Famous Dyslexics.

Not all dyslexics become Famous Dyslexics, but they all share the same thinking style.

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