Updated: Mar 18
Now that we are a few weeks into 2017, I wanted to share one of my annual goals for making sure Friends of Quinn continues to be a great resource for adults who have learning differences. I hope to continue finding diverse voices from all races, genders, and walks of life.
I also think it's important to continue to feature celebrities and notable people who have learning differences. Their stories can really help young adults to find strength and confidence. In every interview I conduct, I see a common thread: we always talk about the struggles and challenges that even the most successful people have faced. We even talk about how people who seem to have "made it"—people like David Boies, Kenny Johnson, and Gavin Newsom—continue to find ways to accommodate their learning differences as they lead successful lives.
I know it's not always easy to believe in yourself. That's why I think some of these examples can be so inspiring. Everyone goes through low points and challenges—even the people you admire the most.
Some people get help overcoming those challenges by finding a mentor who believes in them. Some people just realize that they have to believe they can succeed so that they can invite other people into their lives who believe it, too.
PS: If you want to see some of the interviews I mentioned above, check out my Visual Playlist blog where we focus on celebrities with dyslexia.