You are not alone!
Remind yourself of all the wonderful people who have accomplished great things in spite of their disabilities. Athletes, actors, artists, business executives, celebrities, directors, economists, inventors, musicians, politicians, producers, scientists, writers, Some of the most brilliant minds of our era have suffered from, ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, and OCD. All mostly heard the message that they were lazy, not working hard enough, or paying attention. Despite this negative feedback, they each found a way to work through their disabilities. Persevering, and staying committed and focused led them to find their path to happiness and success.
Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Nelson Rockefeller, Woodrow Wilson, Whoopi Goldberg, Greg Louganis, Tim Tebow, Orlando Bloom, Tom Cruise, Pablo Picasso, Winston Churchill, Benjamin Franklin, John F. Kennedy, Mozart, John Lennon, Walt Disney, Danny Glover, Cher, Magic Johnson, Carl Lewis, Bruce Jenner, Justin Timberlake, Daniel Radcliffe, Judge J.H. Gallet, Richard Engel, General George Patton, Jay Leno, Jamie Oliver, Charles Schwab, Craig McCaw, Richard Branson, John Chambers, John Reed, David Boies, Karina Smirnoff, Henry Winkler, Gaston Caperton, Paul Orfalea, Diane Swonk, Michael Phelps, Kiera Knightley, and many, many more! You are not alone!
List of Famous People with Learning Disabilities
Major motion picture star, Pirates of the Caribbean, Orlando Bloom speaks of embracing dyslexia.
Actress, Keira Knightley, speaks of her dreams of acting and persevering with dyslexia.
Olympic champion swimmer and medal holder, Michael Phelps, accepted his ADHD to help him focus in the pool.
Most noted as the character, Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe struggled with dyspraxia.
One of only ten people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony Award, Whoopi Goldberg struggles with dyslexia.
Celebrated filmmaker, Steven Spielberg, struggled with Dyslexia and would not let it hold him back.
Winner of nine Grammy Awards and four Emmy awards, Justin Timberlake struggles with ADD and OCD.
Actor, Christopher Knight, diagnosed with ADHD as an adult, became the spokesperson for the National Consumer League’s AD/HD campaign.
Celebrity Chef, Jamie Oliver, has authored over twenty cookbooks despite having dyslexia.
TV Host, Ty Pennington, struggled with ADHD and found medication to be helpful as an undergraduate.
Movie Actor, Keanu Reeves developed a coping mechanism of pretending to deal with dyslexia.
Businessman and investor, Charles Schwab, struggled with dyslexia.
Kinko’s CEO, Paul Orfalea, embraced his dyslexia and ADHD.
Tonight Show host and comedian, Jay Leno, did not let his Dyslexia potential low self-esteem.
Vince Vaughn credits his ADD and Dyslexia for his work ethic.
TV Actor and Children’s Book Author, Henry Winkler, struggled with dyslexia and worked up to his potential.
Journalist and CNN Anchor, Anderson Cooper, credits his school for early diagnosis of dyslexia
Singer and Movie Star, Cher, had to learn by listening deeply due to her dyslexia.
Entrepreneur, Richard Branson, used his dyslexia as a strength.
JetBlue CEO, David Neeleman, used his ADD, to focus deeply on his ideas.
Fashion Designer, Tommy Hilfiger believes his dyslexia enabled him to see things differently from other designers.