Channing Tatum

ADHD and dyslexia made school hard for Tatum. But the actor’s mother encouraged him to learn outside the classroom. “My mom said, ‘Be a sponge.’ And so I’ve learned more from people than I have from school or from books,” he says.
T: The New York Times Style Magazine

 

Muhammad Ali

Growing up, the boxing champ had trouble reading and spelling. He has dyslexia and says he barely graduated from high school. But that didn’t stop his mom from supporting his dreams. “My mother once told me that my confidence in myself made her believe in me. I thought that was funny, because it was her confidence in me that strengthened my belief in myself. I didn’t realize it then, but from the very beginning, my parents were helping me build the foundation for my life.”
The Soul of a Butterfly

Steven Spielberg, award-winning director

“It is more common than you can imagine. You are not alone. And while you will have this the rest of your life, you can dart between the raindrops to get where you want to go and it will not hold you back.”
Friends of Quin

 

Michael Phelps, Olympic gold medalist /ADHD

“When I’m focused, there is not one single thing, person, anything that can stand in the way of my doing something. There is not. If I want something bad enough, I feel I’m gonna get there.”
—No Limits: The Will to Succeed

 

Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group

“Perhaps my early problems with dyslexia made me more intuitive: When someone sends me a written proposal, rather than dwelling on detailed facts and figures, I find that my imagination grasps and expands on what I read.”
Losing My Virginity: How I’ve Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way