The Faces of Dyslexia

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It's no coincidence that many of the brightest people to ever live were born with dyslexia. What a lot of people don't realize is that there can be many benefits to having dyslexia. Here is a list of 35 men and women who turned what some would call a disadvantage into their greatest strength.


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Pablo Picasso

World renowned artist

"My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become  the Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.” --- Pablo Picasso

Steve Jobs

Co-founder of Apple Computer

“Computers themselves, and software yet to be developed, will revolutionize the way we learn.” --- Steve Jobs

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Gen. George S. Patton

Four Star Army General

“If a man does his best, what else is there?” --- George S. Patton

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Salma Hayek


“What is important is to believe in something so strongly that you're never discouraged.” --- Salma Hayek

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Sir Richard Branson

Serial entrepreneur, Founder of Virgin Group

“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” --- Richard Branson

Henry Ford

American industrialist, Founder of Ford Motor Company

"One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do.” ---Henry Ford

Channing Tatum


“I read so slow. If I have a script, I'm going to read it five times slower than any other actor, but I'll be able to tell you everything in it. It kills me that there are standardized tests geared towards just one kind of child.” --- Channing Tatum

Barbara Corcoran

Businesswoman, “Shark Tank” investor

"The best mistake I ever made was believing that I was stupid. It was a childhood thing, but it played out big-time as an adult. It scorned me the rest of my life - in a good way." --- Barbara Corcoran

Kevin O’Leary

Businessman, “Shark Tank” Investor

“I could have easily gone down the wrong path and dropped out of school, but I was given a second chance.” --- Kevin O'Leary

Jennifer Aniston


“People who avoid the brick walls - all power to ya, but we all have to hit them sometimes in order to push through to the next level, to evolve.” --- Jennifer Aniston

Keira Knightley


"It's good to know that other people think differently, and that's what makes the characters interesting.” --- Keira Knightley

Anne Rice

NY Times Bestselling Author, Interview with the Vampire

“It's an awful truth that suffering can deepen us, give a greater lustre to our colours, a richer resonance to our words.” --- Anne Rice

Jay Leno

Former “Tonight Show” Host

"I discovered that being a little bit different actually sets you aside in show business; it makes you special. You always try to turn your negative into a positive." --- Jay Leno

Alexander Graham Bell

Inventor of the Telephone

“A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with - a man is what he makes of himself.” --- Alexander Graham Bell

John Lennon

Singer/Songwriter, “The Beatles”

“You don't need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!” --- John Lennon

Steven Spielberg


I never felt comfortable with myself, because I was never part of the majority. I always felt awkward and shy and on the outside of the momentum of my friends' lives.” --- Steven Spielberg

Ansel Adams

Photographer, Environmentalist

"When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” --- Ansel Adams

Walt Disney


"All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me.You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you." --- Walt Disney




Tim Tebow

Athlete, Sports Commentator

“You can be extremely bright and still have dyslexia. You just have to understand how you learn and how you process information. When you know that, you can overcome a lot of the obstacles that come with dyslexia.” --- Tim Tebow

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Jack Horner


“Personally, I think dyslexia and the consequences of dyslexia-learning to deal with failure-explains my own success” --- Jack Horner

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Leonardo Da Vinci

Renaissance Man

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” --- Leonardo da Vinci

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Robin Williams

Actor, Comedian

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” --- Robin Williams

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“The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it's possible to achieve the American dream.” --- Tommy Hilfiger

Vince Vaughn


“You don't worry about being liked. You have to be yourself.” --- Vince Vaughn

Daymond John

Founder of FUBU, “Shark Tank” investor

“I see the world in a different way than most people and for me that’s been a positive thing.” --- Daymond John

Robert Herjavec

Businessman, “Shark Tank” investor

“Tough times never last; tough people always do.” --- Robert Herjavec

Jim Carrey

Actor, Comedian

“My report card always said, 'Jim finishes first and then disrupts the other students'.” --- Jim Carrey

Galileo Galilei

Astronomer, Physicist, Engineer, Philosopher, Mathematician

“We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves.” --- Galileo Galilei

Keanu Reeves


“The simple act of paying attention can take you a long way.” --- Keanu Reeves

Max Brooks

NY Times bestselling Author, World War Z, Zombie Expert

“Sometimes you find your path, sometimes it finds you.”  --- Max Brooks

Whoopi Goldberg

Actress, Comedian, Singer, Television Host

“The advantage of dyslexia is that my brain puts information in my head in a different way.” --- Whoopi Goldgberg

Albert Einstein

Theoretical physicist

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. Imagination encircles the world.” --- Albert Einstein

Thomas A. Edison

Inventor, Businessman

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” --- Thomas A. Edison

Tom Cruise


“I don't care who you are, life has challenges.” --- Tom Cruise

Muhammad Ali

Champion heavyweight boxer

"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." --- Muhammad Ali

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