John Lennon's beautiful music with the Beatles would not have existed without his perseverance through dyslexia.

Lennon excelled at art and music while attending high school, but his grades were poor and he had trouble spelling. He was rowdy in the classroom and was called a troublemaker.

He failed his general exams in high school, but was accepted into the Liverpool College of Art with the help of the headmaster. His bad behavior continued through college, and he was expelled before graduation.

Lennon set out to make a career out of his music. In 1957, he formed his first band, which would eventually become the world famous Beatles. Lennon not only played the guitar, but wrote many of the memorable lyrics himself.

Other than music, Lennon was also committed to political activism with his wife, Yoko Ono.

Some teachers noticed his difficulties with school and would encourage Lennon to express himself. Thus, Lennon let his talent shine through his music and writing. His lyrics and political activism were grown from his perseverance through dyslexia.

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