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Today is International Left Handers’ Day, and in honor of all the lefties out there, this post is for you.

While some things in life may come tough for lefties — like finding a decent pair of scissors or a dinner companion who can keep their elbows to themselves — other things, like creativity and leadership ability, may come fairly easy, and help shape the career choices of those we affectionately call “goofy.”

Though there are various theories for why this is, one of the most predominant has to do with which brain hemisphere controls what side of the body. “Handedness” is a function of the brain, and since the left hand is controlled by the right side of the brain, a dominant left hand means a dominant right brain.  Because the right side of the brain is responsible for non-verbal, random, holistic and fantasy-oriented processing, lefties are thought to naturally be more inclined toward creative careers. 

Whether you buy into this theory or not, the proof is in the pudding when it comes to left-handers and creativity. Take these famous left-handed creative types:


  • Tim Allen
  • Matthew Broderick
  • Tom Cruise
  • Robert DeNiro
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Goldie Hawn
  • Angeline Jolie
  • Diane Keaton
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Jay Leno
  • David Letterman
  • Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Julia Roberts
  • Jerry Seinfeld
  • Bruce Willis


  • Paul McCartney
  • Mozart
  • Paul Simon
  • Ringo Starr


  • Leonardo DaVinci
  • Michelangelo
  • Raphael

In addition to creativity, left-handed people may also be more inclined toward taking on leadership positions in their careers. It has been reported that 66 percent of U.S. presidents over the last 30 years have been left-handed, including three out of the last four: George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. 

Other leftie leaders throughout history include:

  • Buzz Aldrin
  • Steve Forbes
  • Henry Ford
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Al Gore
  • Helen Keller
  • John McCain
  • Ronald Reagan
  • Oprah Winfrey

So, while it may have taken you a while to overcome certain difficulties in your career — everything from health care exam rooms to cash registers and computer mice (mouses?) are designed for the right-handed — take comfort in knowing that your determination may one day make you a leader in your right-hand dominated field. Who’s goofy now?

Have any other famous lefties to add to our list? Include them in the comments section, below.

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  1. How did I miss knowing there was a day to celebrate lefties?! Lefties are the only people in their right frame of mind.

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