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Famous people living with dyslexia

Dyslexia can be a career advantage. Design engineer Mamta talks about people with dyslexia who have succeeded in their fields.

We know that people with dyslexia often have a unique set of personality traits and ways of thinking. In fact it's often these traits that allow them to succeed in their chosen careers. For example, there are many successful actors, artists and entrepreneurs with dyslexia. So this learning difference can sometimes help on the path to greatness.

Famous people living with dyslexia

What do Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Steve Jobs have in common? They all had dyslexia! We know strategic and creative thinking skills are common in people with this learning difference. And this could provide a real business advantage

Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin empire, agrees. “I seemed to think in a different way from my classmates. I focused on trying to set up a business and create something. My dyslexia guided the way we communicated with customers.”

Similarly, famous chef Jamie Oliver considers his dyslexia a huge asset. "I just see the problems differently and I obsess about things differently.” 

Succeeding with dyslexia

Many of the world's most successful entertainers are very creative. Famous actors like Johnny Depp, Keira Knightly and Orlando Bloom all have dyslexia.

Pablo Picasso's teachers described him as “having difficulty differentiating the orientation of letters”. And he painted his subjects as he saw them. Of course, this was sometimes out of order, backwards or upside down. Picasso's paintings demonstrated the power of his imagination. And this could be linked to his inability to see written words well.

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