Famous People With Dyslexia

famous people with dyslexiaIf you have dyslexia, you’re in pretty good company. Some of the most accomplished men and women in history have suffered from this common learning disorder and managed to overcome it and be wildly successful anyway. The effects of dyslexia can be anywhere from mild to severe, and the earlier an individual seeks treatment, the better the chances are of overcoming it. While it can’t help you learn to overcome your disorder, you can learn more about social psychology in this Udemy course, which can help you to better deal with the effects of dyslexia in your day-to-day life. This can be almost as important as overcoming the disorder itself for many.

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Albert Einstein 

He may have discovered the theory of relativity, but he never could seem to master tying his own shoes. Albert Einstein, one of the greatest minds in the history of mankind, is a pretty good place to start the list. Despite clearly possessing beyond genius level intelligence, Einstein was well-known for his dyslexia. In this case, it wasn’t so much due to problems with speaking or interpreting words or letters, but in his baffling inability to remember how to do simple tasks, or even know the months in a year.

As a child, Einstein was deemed slow by his teachers and called a dreamer. He didn’t learn to talk until he was four. Dyslexia most certainly played a big part in Einstein’s oddities, but he may have suffered from other disorders as well, such as Asperger’s Syndrome. In any case, Einstein had no trouble making a name for himself in the scientific world despite suffering from dyslexia.

Thomas Edison

Much like Einstein, Thomas Edison was another incredible mind who struggled mightily in school and was known for having trouble with words and speech. In time, of course, Edison grew into one of the most prolific inventors the world has even known, bringing us things like a long-lasting light bulb and the phonograph.

Later in life, long after he had made a name for himself as a world-famous inventor, Edison had clearly overcome his dyslexic afflictions, as he sounded quite comfortable in public speaking appearances. Overcoming a fear of public speaking is something almost everyone can relate to, dyslexia or not, however. Check out this course in how to give fearless public speeches if you have an issue with this topic.

Winston Churchill

Now known as one of the world’s greatest leaders in history, Winston Churchill had to work on what he deemed a speech impediment for much of his life. After giving some of the most inspiring speeches of all time, it would seem that he managed to overcome it just fine. Churchill was fond of discussing his past struggles, and went into them at great length in his autobiography. Although some sources claim he was actually a gifted student and not a dyslexic, he is often reported to suffer from it, most notably due to his lack of concern with minor details and problems with speaking. If you are working to overcome a speech impediment yourself, consider looking into this Udemy course on how to stop stuttering.

Whoopi Goldberg

Maybe her type of fame differs from the people above her, but Whoopi Goldberg had every bit as much to overcome as the others on this list. Goldberg had a unique struggle in that she was never even diagnosed with dyslexia until her adult years, and in fact spent all of her youth believing herself to be mentally challenged. After dropping out of high school and developing a drug problem, she would eventually get her life on track, and received her big break in the film industry when she was cast in the movie “The Color Purple.” Ironically, the director who chose her for the role she won was Steven Spielberg, a noted dyslexic himself.

Walt Disney

He created some of the most memorable cartoon characters of all time and single-handedly helped to shape the entertainment industry due to his achievements, but the world was not always so bright for Walt Disney. Disney experienced significant struggles when it came to doing his school work due to what many sources cite as dyslexia, and he is yet another example of a highly successful and innovative individual who had to overcome it en route to living a very productive life.

Agatha Christie

The prolific author who brought the world Hercule Poirot, one of the most popular fictional detectives of all time, was a known sufferer of dyslexia. It’s particularly impressive that Christie, whose books have sold over four billion copies worldwide throughout the years, was able to write at such a pace despite suffering a learning disability that primarily affects the ability to read. While certainly not the only writer to have overcome dyslexia, Christie is perhaps the best selling of them, and admitted to having extensive problems with writing and spelling her entire life. She noted that she was always viewed as the slow one in her family, and that she didn’t disagree with the assessment. All things considered, it looks like she turned out okay.

Charles Schwab

The founder of one of the leading investment companies in the world, Charles Schwab always preferred verbal communication over written. This made more sense to him once he was diagnosed with dyslexia, which was not officially confirmed until he was 40. Schwab always struggled with language, flunking English twice at Stanford before eventually going on to create his highly successful company in 1971.

Whether it’s learning disorder related or not, the psychology behind how our minds accumulate knowledge is endlessly interesting. Learn more about the fascinating psychology of learning in this Udemy course today.