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When The Reading Light Went On

May 16, 1999|EDWARD JAMES OLMOS | Edward James Olmos, actor, U.N. goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and co-editor of "Americanos: Latino Life in the United States":

Reading was a way for me to understand myself and to deal with my dyslexia. By way of understanding books and stories, I was understanding my life and the world.

I found out I had dyslexia when I was 32 years old, after I was already a father. I decided that I would read and overcome it. From that moment on, I read constantly, everything from history to biographies.

Reading is still hard for me. Sometimes I have to struggle to finish a book because of my learning disability, but I love doing it and I have to do it. My favorite book is "The Tibetan Book on Living and Dying."

The key to excelling in life is to educate your mind. It gives you the discipline to do the things you love to do and the things you have to do even when you don't feel like doing them.

Reading is the key to that. You have to find books you like. You have to read every day. You have to watch your parents read every day. If it tugs at your heart, keep on reading. If it doesn't, don't be afraid to put it down.

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