Although his education ended with the eighth grade, Lew McGinnis’ entrepreneurial acumen helped him achieve success in life. Entering the real estate industry while still in his teens, he went on to acquire a large number of apartment communities throughout the West Coast and Midwest and extending all the way to Alaska. Lew McGinnis accomplished all this despite the fact that his dyslexia rendered him functionally illiterate until the age of 18.
Dyslexia is a learning disability characterized by language-skill difficulties. Those suffering from dyslexia generally struggle with reading, writing, spelling, and pronunciation. Dyslexia is diagnosed using tests or assessments to measure the presence and severity of symptoms and characteristics associated with the disability. In some cases, dyslexia may remain undiagnosed for years. There is no cure for dyslexia, but specialized instruction can help dyslexia sufferers become better at reading and writing.
Although the causes of dyslexia are not entirely understood, diagnostic imaging suggests that the brains of dyslexic individuals develop and function differently than non-dyslexic brains. Differences in the way dyslexics think have led some to consider dyslexia a gift. Indeed, many famous dyslexics are known, not for their dyslexia, but for their brilliant minds. Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, John Lennon, Steven Spielberg, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Pablo Picasso all excelled despite their dyslexia.
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