One of the most influential and successful Hispanic Americans, Edward James Olmos grew up in a poor neighborhood in East Los Angeles and struggled with dyslexia all through his schooling and career. He has even self-described himself in an interview as a “kid from LA with dyslexia.”

Despite being both a minority and dyslexic, Olmos has won awards for his work on Broadway, television, and film, and even holds 15 honorary doctorates. More recently, he has used his personal experiences growing up to inspire school-aged children to work hard and stay with their education. He has traveled around the country giving talks to students about how he overcame his difficulties because he learned the practice of self-discipline and worked hard to rise to where he is now.

Read this article covering one of Olmos’s speeches at a high school to learn more his message to students regarding successful and overcoming difficulties.