Skip to comments.Tracing Business Acumen to Dyslexia
Posted on 12/08/2007 7:08:55 PM PST by neverdem
It has long been known that dyslexics are drawn to running their own businesses, where they can get around their weaknesses in reading and writing and play on their strengths. But a new study of entrepreneurs in the United States suggests that dyslexia is much more common among small-business owners than even the experts had thought.
The report, compiled by Julie Logan, a professor of entrepreneurship at the Cass Business School in London, found that more than a third of the entrepreneurs she had surveyed 35 percent identified themselves as dyslexic. The study also concluded that dyslexics were more likely than nondyslexics to delegate authority, to excel in oral communication and problem solving and were twice as likely to own two or more businesses.
We found that dyslexics who succeed had overcome an awful lot in their lives by developing compensatory skills, Professor Logan said in an interview. If you tell your friends and acquaintances that you plan to start a business, youll hear over and over, It wont work. It cant be done. But dyslexics are extraordinarily creative about maneuvering their way around problems.
The study was based on a survey of 139 business owners in a wide range of fields across the United States. Professor Logan called the number who said they were dyslexic staggering, and said it was significantly higher than the 20 percent of British entrepreneurs who said they were dyslexic in a poll she conducted in 2001.
She attributed the greater share in the United States to earlier and more effective intervention by American schools to help dyslexic students deal with their learning problems. Approximately 10 percent of Americans are believed to have dyslexia, experts say...
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Humans are an amazingly adaptive bunch.
If you don’t have welfare, or someone convincing you that you are a victim of the Republican’s policies then it’s amazing what people can achieve when necessity if the mother of invention.
I intned read to this later
Ambidextrous != dyslexic.
Make failure painless and you make failure ubiquitous.
Isnt GW supposed to br dyslexic?
There is also a surprisingly high incidence of dyslexia among those of in the ‘blackboard sciences’—mathematics and theoretical physics.
Nelson Rockafeller was dyslexic, and it didn't stop him from being the son of a multi-millionaire!
when I die, I hope to go out like Nelson! ;0)
To bad I am lexdysia.
<< Matthew 6:3 >>
New American Standard Bible (©1995)
“But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,
This is also how I play the piano.
I wonder if any of them run a business helping dyslexics?
Yes, he is.
Funny you would mention that. I know of a 19 year old that was just put on welfare for this very thing. S/he is now considered disabled with all the bennies that come with it.
I’m particularly “bad” with phone numbers... something screws me up between my brain hearing the numbers and copying them down on paper. I usually just copy it 3 times now...and best two out of three is what I dial.
On another silly note.... I can handwrite impeccably backwards....faster than I can write forwards. Held up to a mirror...my backwards writing is neater than when I attempt to write forwards.
....and yes, I am self employed and run 3 businesses.
Dyslexics of the World, Untie!!
William Hewlett of HP was dyslexic; mediocre in school until late
in college/grad school. He honed his skill at listening intently
to instructors and remembering lectures as he really couldn’t take good notes.
This and other great tidbits in the fine history of HP titled,
“Bill And Dave”.
But might there be an association? My family has ambidexterity, left handedness and dyslexia all over the place and often in the same people?
A relative of mine was known for being able to write two different texts simultaneously.
people often run their own businesses because for some reason they just don't jive with that great, big mediocre mass of everyday corporate...well, I won't call them sardines or lemmings because they're not necessarily bad folks.
Who knows, self employment may be God's gift to the misfit -- the individual. I've been self employed most of my life.
There might well be an association. But they are different things, and the previous poster appeared to me to be confusing them. Incidentally I know someone personally who could simultaneously take two different sets of notes in a lecture class with her two hands. And she isn’t dyslexic in the least.
I have understood that left handedness, dyslexia, genius, insanity, nearsightedness, musical ability, allergies, and a few other things I can’t remember are all correlated to each other. (Meaning, a group of people with one of the traits is more likely than the general population to have the other traits; however, no trait necessarily causes any of the other traits.)
That’s “Lysdexics, Untie!”
I hope I go like Grandpa, peacefully in my sleep.
Not screaming in terror, like the passengers in his car...
I’ll be damned if I would let some crappy thing like that keep me down, just had to work harder and be willing to look like an idiot and deal with a$$holes sometimes...
Figured out how to overcome it in reading, but not with numbers, alas.
Never interfered with my adult life, but sure messed up my GPA.
No, but Cisco’s founder is as was Sammy the Bull.
Just a little triva. (g).
I always liked a motto that was attributed to Bill Hewlett: “If it can’t be measured, it isn’t worth doing”.
I use it in my work all the time to illustrate to my colleagues the value of the quantitative expression of everyday business problems.
Funny you should mention pianos. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before:
A country lad once traveled to the big city to seek his fortune, but had no luck finding a job. One day, wandering through the red light district, he spotted a Help Wanted sign in the window of one of the ‘sporting establishments’.
They were looking for a bookkeeper, but after the madam quizzed the boy about his education and discovered that he could neither read or write, she turned him away.
Feeling sorry for him, she gave him two big red apples as he left. A few blocks down the street, he placed the apples on top of a garbage can while tying his shoe, and a stranger came along and offered to buy them.
The boy took the money to a produce market and bought a dozen more apples,which he sold quickly. Eventually he parlayed his fruit sales into a grocery store, then a string of supermarkets. Eventually he became the wealthiest man in the state.
Finally he was named Man of the Year, and during an interview a journalist discovered that his subject could neither read or write.
“Good Lord, Sir,” he said. “What do you suppose you would have become if you had ever learned to read and write?”
“Well,” he answered, “I guess I would have been a bookkeeper in a whorehouse.”
I know a dyslexic that runs a successful god kennel.
I am heartened by stories like this, but I once knew a guy who was not only dyslexic, but agnostic and insomniac as well. He used to lay awake all night wondering if there really is a dog.
I click on Spellcheck and I get the answer back:
"You have got to be kidding me!"
I have been, too - but I’m not dyslexic. I just had what I considered the “misfortune” of working for a large number of them and having to constantly clean up their messes because of the not being able to read or write problem.
Of course, they’re all zillionaires and now I’m too sick to work. Go figure.
Charles Schwab has created Schwab Learning (www.schwablearning.com), and it is very helpful to parents of special needs kids.
He’s a great advocate for special needs kids.
My daughter has brain damage that has caused difficulty with speech/reading/writing. However, she still gets mostly As and a few Bs. Basically, she gets the same grades as her gifted brother and sister. The only difference is that she works for her grades.
She doesn’t like to be identified by her weaknesses. She likes to be known as the girl who likes challenges and likes to work hard.
I think she’ll do well in life with her positive attitude. She’s only 11, so we still have a long way to go. Hopefull, she’ll continue to have her positive attitude.
This article really explains so much to me about the way I have developed into a leader, and CEO...
God always has a plan for all of us to bring our talents to the world for good!
My daughter is dyslexic. She was diagnosed early in life because I had worked for a man who is dyslexic (owned his own very successful business). When she began to display some of the “symptoms” of dyslexia, I had her tested. She has always had excellent grades, but numbers are her downfall. She will not own an analog clock or wristwatch as she cannot reliably tell time by those devices. I believe her father was also dyslexic, but never diagnosed.
I was fortunate in that they mainstreamed her at school and she didn’t realize she was “different” until she was in the 6th grade. By then she had been so successful in adapting that it was incidental to her.
She can multitask much better than her brother, who has a very high IQ. She works in IT - as you might guess IP addresses give her problems :-)
As many of said, it is amazing how adaptive people can be and what they can overcome if they have the will.
George Patton was also dyslexic and it didn't keep him from success in VMA and West Point, or heroic in the US Army.
It's all a matter of determination, although I'm sure that thanks to "spell checker" I have it a little easier than George did.
“On another silly note.... I can handwrite impeccably backwards....faster than I can write forwards. Held up to a mirror...my backwards writing is neater than when I attempt to write forwards.”
Now that is bizarre. Here’s one just as strange, I knew a woman who thought of numbers as colors. Years later, I learned there is a name for this ‘disorder’, so there’s another Go Figure for you.
That man is a bad example. A loser.
I would bet that their are more Left handed, dyslexic conservatives, than we know about...and I think it is because we had to work so hard to overcome so much...we appreciate work more than those it comes easy for?
I pray that you can overcome the memory loss...God bless you!
My special needs daughter is a much better test taker than her “gifted” brother and sister.
I’ll watch her do a test. She’ll zip through the things that she knows and does those things first. Then she’ll start working on things that are harder for her. For essays, she’s learned how to write something down and get partial credit. On multiple choice questions, she’ll narrow down the answers and make an educated guess. She is an awesome test taker. She does much better on tests than regular school work. She gets herself psyched up for them.
Her “gifted” brother and sister get stuck on questions that are difficult, and then they won’t finish a test. I’ve had to coach them on how to take tests.
Unfortunately, my daughter knows she’s different because she also has speech problems. She also just started having seizures which is really causing more problems. I’m hoping she’ll be able to overcome the siezures. The anti-seizure medication is just evil, but it’s less evil than seizures.
However, in the midst of trying to deal with seizues she has an amazing attitude. She’s 11 and she’s having to memorize states and capitals. Her teacher told me that my daughter didn’t have to know how to spell all of the states and capitals correctly. I told my daughter this, and she just got mad. She asked if the other kids had to spell them correctly, and I said they did. She told me to remember that she is the kid that likes challenges, and she would learn how to spell them correctly. That’s a great attitude.
My daughter can remember numbers backwards better than forwards.
If you ask her to repeat a number (or letters) like 12345, she has a hard time with 12345. But she can repeat it 54321. Strange.
I am exactly in the same place. Profoundly dyslexic but as a kid forced myself to overcome my reading difficulties and worked hard to develop writing skills.
Math was a nightmare from my first day in first grade until the I completed grad school.
Now I can work my way though the math needed for my job often times trading off math work with coworkers and taking their writing assignments.
I have hairy palms. What’s that all about?
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