Do you know what the following people have in common?
Richard Branson, Whoopi Goldberg, Albert Einstein, Keanu Reeves, Muhammad Ali, Cher, Steven Spielberg, John Lennon, Keira Knightley, Pablo Picasso, Tom Cruise, Liv Tyler, Thomas Edison, Tommy Hilfiger, Leonardo DaVinci, Alyssa Milano, Steve Redgrave, David Bailey and Jamie Oliver?
Did you guess? Among many others, all these people had what is known today as a “learning disability”. They are or were dyslexic, in many cases they were told by their peers, teachers, bosses or “experts” that they wouldn’t amount to much – if anything at all.
Winston Churchill had a “speech impediment” which accounted for his slurred speech. Interestingly, when he had his first set of dentures fitted, his trademark voice was so important to him that he had his false teeth modified to ensure he kept the slur. John Lennon mentioned in interviews that he was “never a speller” though he wrote some of the best-known lyrics of the 20th Century. Agatha Christie had difficulty understanding written words. Her books have so far sold in excess of 1 billion copies.
The common denominator with many successful people in business, sports, music or any other industry, is that when they are that told they will not achieve anything in life or that their ideas are crazy and will never work, they go out of their ways to prove that they are right. Many, if not all, of them use negative words to propel themselves to success. Their job is to prove others wrong and teach them a lesson about life. They know that with the right attitude and hard work anything is possible.
It’s a great example to follow. My words to you are this: if you have dreams follow them, pursue them… and make them real. Nobody can tell you otherwise.
This month, we feature Oprah Winfrey who had an extremely difficult start in life. Raped when young and pregnant at 14, she is today one of the most powerful and richest women in the world.
We also feature Richard Bandler, a unique man who has transformed the way many people think and has inspired so many. And we profile Andy Murray… and that’s just the start of a whole host of fascinating articles!
Editor, The Best You.
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” ― Paulo Coelho
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