Jay Leno is an inspiration to many
When your child is struggling at school it can be overwhelming for parents.
You’ll be constantly seeking help from teachers, trying to keep them positive and knowing exactly where to start is extremely difficult.
There are remedial programs to consider, parent support groups to locate, constantly seeking help from teachers, finding tutors to help your child to catch up… all the while being mindful of your child’s state of mental health as they wrangle a system not designed for children who learn differently.
Sometimes the best place to start is by finding an inspirational superstar for your struggling learner.
It isn’t hard to find inspiration, it’s everywhere, especially on the internet. With a computer and an internet connection, you can search and find a variety of inspirational people and their stories.
You know your child best, so with a few quick questions, it should be possible to identify who might be the right inspirational person to focus on.
Inspiration comes in many forms. It might not necessarily be someone who has a learning difficulty or disability but could simply be someone who has achieved great things despite having enormous challenges.
Here are some to get your research started…
Nick Vujicic, a man born without limbs is incredibly inspirational. Despite his disability, he has achieved a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, is a world-renowned guest speaker, has travelled to over 60 countries, written a book and also made a movie and a documentary. He is also married with children and a devoted Christian. Two of my favourite quotes from Nick are;
Richard Branson as we all know is
Dyslexic, but it hasn’t let
that stop him from becoming
extremely successful and achieving
many amazing things.
In the foreword of my book
Helping Children With Dyslexia,
There are a great many actors and celebrities, who identify as being dyslexic. They talk about how difficult their school lives were; Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Cruise, Jay Leno, Orlando Bloom and Henry Winkler are just some to name a few.
Jamie Oliver, an amazing chef and celebrity, is also dyslexic but has a hugely successful career. He has written books, had his own television shows, has owned a number of restaurants, has made documentaries
and appeared on a variety of radio and television programs.
In interviews, Jamie talks about being in special needs classes for 5 years and being thought of as dumb. He never took much notice, it never bothered him he says;
Agatha Christie, a prolific author of
66 mystery novels and 14 short story
collections is also dyslexic.
Her stories have been translated into at least
100 languages and her novels have sold
about 4 billion copies.
In her words:
Famous movie director Steven Spielberg, possibly one of the best directors of modern times is also dyslexic. He has directed more than 60 movies, many of which have been hugely successful. He says movies saved him and is quoted as saying when he found out he was dyslexic;
There is also a list of very successful athletes that are reported to be dyslexic; Muhammad Ali (Boxer), Tim Tebow (NFL Quarterback), Magic Johnson (Basketball player), Nolan Ryan (Baseball player), Carl Lewis (Olympian sprinter), Greg Louganis (Olympic diver), Meryl Davis (Olympic ice skater) and Steve Redgrave (Olympic rower) just to name a few.
I hope I have encouraged you to find your child’s very own inspirational superstar.
Now we want to know (if you already know) who is your child’s inspirational superstar.
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