Dyslexia can be defined as a learning disability in reading smoothly and precisely. Children with dyslexia face trouble in answering queries related to something they might have read. It can create difficulty with other skills like spelling, writing and math.
But, it is not a problem of intelligence. Kids with this kind of issues are just as smart and developed far superior abilities in some areas than their so-called normal counterparts. Many people around the world have struggled with dyslexia and gone on to have successful careers.
Some of the biggest names in movies, music and sports are people who struggled in school with learning and attention issues i.e. dyslexia. Here are the instances of a few celebrities who found their passion and overcame their challenges.
- Jay Leno – The former host of The Tonight Show credited the drive and determination he needed to succeed in comedy to his dyslexia. He received poor grades throughout his school, has said that one of his favorite career moments was calling up his fifth-grade teacher, Mr. Simon, forty years after scoring a ‘C’ grade in an exam.
- Charles Schwab – He prefers oral communication than writing and that is the reasons his firm’s marketing campaign suggests that you “Talk to Chuck” rather than writing to him. Schwab, who was not officially diagnosed with dyslexia until he was 40, graduated with a degree in economics from Stanford in 1959.
- Bruce Jenner – He was the gold medalist in the decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics and was diagnosed with dyslexia at a young age has described his dyslexia as his greatest gift. He is now a motivational speaker and had done a documentary called Demystifying Dyslexia that describes modern learning tools for people with dyslexia.
- Henry Winkler – Henry Winkler is famous of cool during his decade-long run as Fonzie on Happy Days. He was diagnosed with dyslexia when he was 35. He overcame dyslexia, became an activist for others who have dyslexia and since 2003, he has published more than a dozen books about a fictional “10-year-old boy with dyslexia named Hank Zipzer” and has successfully sold over 20 million copies.
- Ingvar Kamprad – Have you ever wondered why IKEA products are named after Swedish places and things? Ingvar Kamprad, the company’s founder is dyslexic and thought it would be easier to remember product names that way. The acronym IKEA is made up of the initials of his name, where he was born (Elmtaryd), and the neighboring village of Agunnaryd.
- Whoopi Goldberg – Whoopi Goldberg was diagnosed with dyslexia and she knew nothing about it. But, her mother encouraged her all through and told her that she could achieve anything. She believed her and grew up to become a comedian and talk show host. She won a Grammy award and an Academy Award. She attributes thinking differently as a factor helping her to succeed.
- Cher – Cher was not diagnosed as dyslexic until she was 30. The diagnosis came only after she decided to do medical tests for her daughter, who was struggling in elementary school. She dropped out of high school before launching her successful career.
- Daniel Radcliffe – You must have seen him as a star in the Harry Porter series but he was diagnosed with dyspraxia at the age of 9. He could not write. His mother thought acting would boost his confidence and she was right.
At the end of the day
Having dyslexia can make you feel frustrated or sad. Just like your fav celebs, with the right kind of help, you can also learn to read and be ANYTHING you want to be.