Many highly successful people had or have a physical disability/handicap or mental disorder. Listed below are only a few who didn’t allow their condition from stopping them on their way to success:
John Nash (1928). The American mathematician who inspired the Award-winning film A Beautiful Mind (2001) starring Russel Crow has been suffering from paranoid schizophrenia from a very young age. Despite that, he went on to develop and publish a number of scientific theories in the field of mathematics and economics, and in 1994, won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. In 2010, Nash was also awarded the Double Helix Medal for positive impact on human health by raising awareness/funds for medical research.
Ludvig Van Beethoven (1770-1827). One of the greatest composers of all time authored 9 symphonies, over 30 piano sonatas, 5 piano concertos and 16 string quartets. And many of his best works were created after he became completely deaf (about 1800). It is not known what caused Beethoven’s loss of hearing. Various causes have been suggested including an auto-immune disorder, typhus and Beethoven’s practice to submerge his head in cold water to overcome sleepiness.
Steven Hawking (1942). The English theoretical physicist and cosmologist is suffering from amyothrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease which gradually caused him to become completely paralysed. He was diagnosed with the condition in 1963 when he was only 21 years old. What is more, he was told he had only 2 years left. Despite that, he became one of the most respected and acclaimed scientists of the modern era, and won some of the most prestigious awards in the field of science.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945). In 1921, he contracted polio and became permanently paralysed from the waist down. Despite that, he became the 32nd President of the United States and served as many as four terms (from 1933 to 1945). He successfully led his country during some of the most difficult times in its history including the Great Depression and the Second World War.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881). The famous Russian writer who created masterpieces such as Crime and Punishment, Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov suffered from epilepsy. It is thought that he developed the first seizures at the time of his father’s death in 1839 when he was only 18. It remains uncertain whether the reported seizure was caused by epilepsy or something else. However, he was later diagnosed with the condition and suffered from periodic seizures until the rest of his life. But he didn’t despair. Instead, he took advantage of his experience with epilepsy for at least two characters in his novels.