Looking for Heroes: One Boy, One Year, 100 Letters


Aidan_Colvin1My name is Aidan. I am a high schooler in Raleigh, North Carolina. I am also dyslexic. Dyslexia is a neurologic disorder that impairs reading. Reading quickly and accurately is often the key to success in school. Without it, many dyslexics struggle and fail. Some, however, go on to achieve wild success. How?

I decided to ask some. Over the course of one year, I wrote 100 letters to successful dyslexics. I didn’t expect anyone to write back, and was genuinely surprised when people did. This book features letters from Writer John Irving, Arctic Explorer Ann Bancroft, Surgeon and CEO Delos Cosgrove, Sculptor Thomas Sayre, Poet Phillip Schultz and others. It also features conversations with Comedian Jay Leno and Filmmaker Harvey Hubbel.

This is a story about growing up, fostering grit and humor in the face of challenges, and seeing one’s differences in a new light. It is also a story about the importance of heroes — for kids like me, but also for anyone. Throughout the book, I share tips that have helped me succeed in the classroom.

To read the first chapter, visit: “Looking for Heroes: One Boy, One Year, 100 Letters.”

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  • "Don't let what you can't do in life stop you from what you can do."
    - John Wooden

    "I never felt like a victim. In light of feeling like an outsider, movies made me feel inside my own skill set."
    - Steven Spielberg

    "I believe that the reason I've been able to discover things that my very intelligent colleagues couldn't is because of my dyslexia. I look at things from a different perspective."
    - Dr. R. Wyatt

    "I was getting all F's, maybe an occasional D, but I had a grandmother, who was telling me that I was special. I thought, 'Does she not see this report card?' She just said, 'You're going to find your way through this. Think big, be big,' "
    - Brian Grazer

    "Life is full of challenges. How you handle them is what builds character."
    - Erin Brockavich

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