Dyslexia and Dyslexic World Changers

Famous people with dyslexia have made a big impact on mankind.
They’ve learned to overcome their barriers, which has enabled them to achieve their dreams, goals, visions, and desires.

In fact, their difficulties were often found to be a catalyst for their success. It forced them to develop and use the positive sides of dyslexia. Visualization, creativity, communication, cognitive flexibility are just some of them!

Dyslexia often requires people to use various compensatory strategies. Especially adults who try to hide it or memorize some text that gets in front of them. It is how they find their ways to succeed in life. As the word says – building confidence is something that has to happen through life. Like a little project.

Many dyslexics do so. Many of them have made tremendous contributions to mankind. They, among many others, include famous:

  • Innovators and entrepreneurs
  • Scientist
  • Entertainers
  • Designers and architects,
  • Writers
  • Athletes
  • Physicians
  • Political leaders

This serial of famous and successful dyslexics who changed the world is to motivate and inspire you to never give up no matter how difficult the task seems 🙂

Who Are Famous People With Dyslexia?

Richard Branson is a billionaire, founder of Virgin, investor, author, and philanthropist.

Branson said in an interview in Forbes: “I was hopeless at schoolwork and people didn’t really understand dyslexia then so it was just assumed that I was not bright when it came to academic things. I almost definitely wouldn’t have left school at 15 and I wouldn’t have started a magazine or built Virgin if I had not been dyslexic.”

Albert Einstein is a theoretical physicist who developed the Theory of relativity. Won a Nobel prize in physics in 1932.

Even though Einstein wasn’t diagnosed with dyslexia, he said to his friend: “Thoughts did not come in any verbal formulation. I very rarely think in words at all. A thought comes, and I may try to express it in words afterward.” It was also reported he said: “Writing is difficult, and I communicate this way very badly.”

Orlando Bloom is an English actor.

In his interview about dyslexia Orlando said: “It takes having obstacles to learn and grow and be better. The challenge of dyslexia—the challenge of climbing that mountain—is something that you can make your own and make it a reason to be a winner in life. “

Henry Ford was an industrialist who revolutionized assembly line production for the automobile.

Henry Ford said: “If you think you can, you can.  If you think you can’t, you can’t.” 🙂

Jamie Oliver is a world-renowned British chef and restaurateur.

In an interview with Celebrity Radio, he admitted that he couldn’t really blossom in school and his dyslexia deeply affected his school performance.

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David Pilkey is an American cartoonist, author, and illustrator of children’s literature. 

He says having dyslexia was a blessing!

George Washington was the first president of the USA.

Historians report that Washington didn’t spend a lot of time in school.
He loved mathematics and science, but he disliked grammar and always had problems with spelling.

Alexander Graham Bell is a Scottish-born scientist, inventor of the first working telephone.

One of Bell’s most famous quotes is: “When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”

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Muhammad Ali is one of the greatest athletes in boxing history.

Many know Ali as a champion boxer, a man who fought for racial and social justice his entire life. He barely graduated high school due to reading difficulties before he realized he is dyslexic.

Keira Knightley is an English actress.

This world-renowned actress admits that having dyslexia is hard work, but she also says that: “It doesn’t mean that you’re stupid… it just means that you work in a different way.”

Daymond John is a co-founder of FUBU, a clothing entrepreneur and “Shark Tank” investor.

John credits his dyslexia with setting him on his path to entrepreneurial success. “I see the world in a different way than most people and for me that’s been a positive thing,”

Whoopi Goldberg is an American actress.

Her talent and creativity were obvious from an early age. Her favorite thing in school was storytime because she said she could picture everything in her head.

Steve Jobs was a founder of Apple, entrepreneur, industrial designer, investor, and media proprietor.

Jobs preached that no matter what happens in your life—struggles in school or an unsuccessful career path—every aspect will somehow help you down the road. Yet, he was never diagnosed with dyslexia.

Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian painter, architect, inventor, engineer, and mathematician.

Some historians argue that da Vinci’s likely dyslexia may have contributed to this Renaissance man’s creativity and artistic skills. What do you think?


F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century, best known for his novel, The Great Gatsby.

Fitzgerald was a poor student who struggled to achieve passing marks in both grade school and in college. He had to leave school at the age of twelve because he had difficulty focusing and finishing his work. 

Nelson Rockefeller was an American businessman and politician.

It wasn’t long before a young Nelson Rockefeller knew he would have to work twice as hard as his peers in order to succeed- and succeed he did, becoming the Vice President of the United States.

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