Famous chef and celebrity
Was put in the ‘stupid row’ when at primary school; later, as an unemployed and struggling single parent, wrote on scraps of paper in a local café.
F W Woolworth
Famous for founding the ‘Woolworths’ chain of shops
Enjoys writing songs and tried to get into reading but just can’t get into that ‘book thing’.
Achieved his greatest work after the age of 46, by which time he was completely deaf.
Ludwig van Beethoven
A famous composer
Being dyslexic has helped him in the business world – he sees some things more clearly than others.
Alexander Graham Bell
Famous for inventing the telephone in 1876 Didn’t speak until he was four and didn’t read until he was seven. His teacher described him as ‘mentally slow, unsociable and adrift forever in his foolish dreams’.
J K Rowling
A famous writer Was told by his employers at the shop where he worked that he was not good enough to service customers.
A brilliant physicist Was told after a meeting with the President, “That’s an amazing invention, but who would want to use one of them?”
Famous singer Didn’t do well at school; people thought he was ‘thick’.