Despite his dyslexia Gavin Newsom has had an incredibly successful career. He started 15 small businesses before he got into politics. He was the youngest mayor San Francisco’s had in 100 years. He even wrote a book called Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government. It’s about how technology and social media can be used to strengthen democracy. Like many people with dyslexia, Lt. Governor Newsom isn’t afraid to think outside the box and do things differently. It’s what’s made him a good entrepreneur and an even better politician.
Unlike most politicians, Lt. Governor Newsom doesn’t read his speeches. “I have a strange ability to memorize more things than any human being should care about memorizing. That allows me to extemporaneously give a speech. I have an index in my brain of all the things I’ve underlined and I can visually see them”. I found it interesting to learn what strategies he uses to cope with his dyslexia.
One of the biggest reasons I admire Lt. Governor Newsom is because he is one of the most down-to-earth people I have ever met. When I asked him what advice he’d give to parents of kids with dyslexia, he said they should encourage their child to celebrate all of their interesting differences. Our differences make us unique, and who wants to be like everyone else?
Check out my exclusive interview with Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom below.
Quinn Bradlee is the founder of Friends of Quinn, an online community and resource center for young adults with learning disabilities and their friends and family. He has dedicated his adult life to helping others with learning disabilities.