“You’re made well. You’re made correctly. There’s been no mistake. Just believe it.” ~John Fluevog
John Fluevog, a Canadian shoe designer, is yet another creative dyslexic. His footwear adorns the feet of celebrities like Madonna, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Alice Cooper.
This year, Fluevog is celebrating 50 years in business, and has a new book called Fluevog: 50 Years of Unique Soles for Unique Souls. [Adding this one to my Christmas list!]
He knows what he’s talking about. Fluevog is dyslexic — he says he didn’t do well at school, didn’t go to university or design college.
Understanding that his unique way of thinking wasn’t “a mistake” was a defining moment for him. He says that like his incredibly creative shoes, creative thinkers are “made well”:
“To believe that they are OK, that they are a creative person and what they’re thinking is fine. They weren’t made incorrectly. You were made correctly. One of the reasons I wrote the book was it’s really a story of me thinking maybe something was wrong with me because I can’t perform like other people because of my dyslexia. But you’re okay. You’re made well. You’re made correctly. There’s been no mistake. Just believe it.”
Listen: CBC radio interview
Vancouver Sun article — John Fluevog: 50 Years of Unique Soles for Unique Souls