Famous People with Dyslexia

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Tom Cruise, Actor
“I had to train myself to focus my attention. I became very visual and learned how to create mental images in order to comprehend what I read.”

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Jay Leno, Comedian
“If you don’t think you’re the smartest person in the room and you think you’re going to have to work a little harder, and put a little more time into it, to get what everybody else does, you can actually do quite well.”

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Orlando Bloom, Actor
“If you have kids who are struggling with dyslexia, the greatest gift you can give them is the sense that nothing is unattainable. With dyslexia comes a very great gift, which is the way that your mind can think creatively. If your kids can be given the opportunity to find that way of thinking, what works for them, they will be very happy and successful in whatever field they choose to go into. That I think is what my life has been.”

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Henry Winkler, Actor
“You are not defined by school. No matter how difficult it might be it has nothing to do with how brilliant you are. Your grades do not define how brilliant you are. Good thinking and a good thought is why you are smart.”

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Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Atlantic
Branson had to leave school when he was 15. He was forced to start his own business in his teens as he was considered a dork according to society’s standards. Branson had trust in himself and his faith which helped him in becoming what he is today.

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Keira Knightly, Actress
Keira Knightley was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of six. Keira credits her mother for helping her overcome her condition with her love, support and determination.

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Steve Jobs, Co-Founder of Apple
“Dyslexia is not a disability – it’s a gift. It means that I, and many other dyslexic thinkers can portray the world through images because we think in images. I can build worlds, freeze the frame, walk around and touch. I can read people’s faces, drawings, buildings, landscapes and all things in the visual world more quickly than many of my non-dyslexic friends. I paint with words; they are my colours.”

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Albert Einstein, Scientist
Albert Einstein’s teachers said that he was mentally slow, unsociable, and adrift in his foolish dreams.