Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson may be most famous for his project in public awareness to help combat HIV. But there was another disability Johnson struggled with in his youth — dyslexia. In school, Johnson struggled with reading but took classes in the summer to catch up. His classmates gave him a hard time because of his struggle.

"The looks, the stares, the giggles...I wanted to show everybody that I could do better and also that I could read," he said. Johnson was also told by a school security guard that he would "never amount to anything," and he used these instances as motivation to become successful in life.