The Power of Different by Gail Saltz, M.D.

( thumbs_up ) What I love most about this book is that it shines a light on a very true but less discussed fact; with every strength there is weakness. More often than not, great accomplishments and savant talents are born from a deficit. Sometimes that deficit is readily apparent, and sometimes it isn’t. Saltz explores historical figures like Albert Einstein who was a severe dyslexic, and John Nash, the Nobel-prize winning mathematician with schizophrenia. Still in almost all other learning disorders, physical disabilities, and mental illnesses, there are famous examples of extremely accomplished individuals overcompensating for their differences with genius-level outcomes.

If you abstract this lesson further, as I did, it’s easy to see that often our largest differences (sometimes considered deficits) can be the sole source of our greatest strengths. That’s incredibly empowering.

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