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Tracing Business Acumen to Dyslexia
NY Times ^ | December 6, 2007 | BRENT BOWERS

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, you’ll hear over and over, ‘It won’t work. It can’t 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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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dyslexia; entrepreneurship; smallbusiness
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1 posted on 12/08/2007 7:08:56 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Humans are an amazingly adaptive bunch.


2 posted on 12/08/2007 7:11:50 PM PST by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: neverdem
We used to call it being ambidextrous. I can drive a hammer with either hand. The only time it was a problem was when I was driving submarines, specially when headed south, which one does a lot in the higher latitudes. If I actually wanted to turn more than 180 degrees, I had to add the phrase, “the long way”, to my rudder and course order, or the helmsman would question the order.
3 posted on 12/08/2007 7:13:34 PM PST by SubMareener (Become a monthly donor! Free FreeRepublic.com from Quarterly FReepathons!)
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To: Grimmy

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.


4 posted on 12/08/2007 7:15:49 PM PST by Aria (NO RAPIST ENABLER FOR PRESIDENT!!!)
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To: neverdem

I intned read to this later


5 posted on 12/08/2007 7:15:59 PM PST by fso301
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To: SubMareener

Ambidextrous != dyslexic.


6 posted on 12/08/2007 7:16:45 PM PST by coloradan (Failing to protect the liberties of your enemies establishes precedents that will reach to yourself.)
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To: Aria

Yep.
Make failure painless and you make failure ubiquitous.


7 posted on 12/08/2007 7:18:11 PM PST by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: neverdem

Isnt GW supposed to br dyslexic?


8 posted on 12/08/2007 7:21:14 PM PST by woofie
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To: neverdem

There is also a surprisingly high incidence of dyslexia among those of in the ‘blackboard sciences’—mathematics and theoretical physics.


9 posted on 12/08/2007 7:24:27 PM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: woofie
Isnt GW supposed to br dyslexic?

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)

10 posted on 12/08/2007 7:25:12 PM PST by Cowboy Bob (Real men don't vote Democrat.)
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To: neverdem

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.


11 posted on 12/08/2007 7:26:45 PM PST by ThomasThomas (An investigative journalist is one who uses spellcheck.)
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To: neverdem

I wonder if any of them run a business helping dyslexics?


12 posted on 12/08/2007 7:35:46 PM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! Duncan Hunter is a Cosponsor.)
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To: woofie

Yes, he is.


13 posted on 12/08/2007 7:37:46 PM PST by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: Aria; chicagojp
If you don’t have welfare...

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.

14 posted on 12/08/2007 7:40:58 PM PST by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: neverdem

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.

Go figure.


15 posted on 12/08/2007 7:45:49 PM PST by taxed2death (A few billion here, a few trillion there...we're all friends right?)
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To: taxed2death

....and yes, I am self employed and run 3 businesses.


16 posted on 12/08/2007 7:46:42 PM PST by taxed2death (A few billion here, a few trillion there...we're all friends right?)
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To: neverdem

Dyslexics of the World, Untie!!


17 posted on 12/08/2007 7:49:26 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: neverdem

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”.


18 posted on 12/08/2007 7:49:56 PM PST by VOA
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To: coloradan

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.


19 posted on 12/08/2007 7:52:17 PM PST by From many - one.
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To: SubMareener
yeah. true. now everything's a disorder.

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.

20 posted on 12/08/2007 7:53:51 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (hillary clinton is vladimir putin in drag.)
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To: taxed2death

Same here.


21 posted on 12/08/2007 7:53:54 PM PST by From many - one.
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To: Aria

Great tag...


22 posted on 12/08/2007 7:54:23 PM PST by GOPJ (Hillary Clinton's "the surgeons wife" (NOT the surgeon) - don't go under her knife...)
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To: From many - one.

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.)


23 posted on 12/08/2007 7:59:16 PM PST by coloradan (Failing to protect the liberties of your enemies establishes precedents that will reach to yourself.)
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To: dfwgator

That’s “Lysdexics, Untie!”


24 posted on 12/08/2007 8:00:18 PM PST by coloradan (Failing to protect the liberties of your enemies establishes precedents that will reach to yourself.)
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To: Cowboy Bob
when I die, I hope to go out like Nelson! ;0)

I hope I go like Grandpa, peacefully in my sleep.

Not screaming in terror, like the passengers in his car...

25 posted on 12/08/2007 8:03:41 PM PST by null and void (No more Bushes/No more Clintons)
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To: Cowboy Bob
I don't want to go out like Nelson; I want to go in like him!


26 posted on 12/08/2007 8:05:18 PM PST by stormer
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To: neverdem
Well I guess I am a stat then. I have been fighting dyslexia all my life, and owned my own IT business for 15 years. Still do a little consulting.

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...

27 posted on 12/08/2007 8:26:01 PM PST by ejonesie22 (In America all people have a right to be wrong, some just exercise it a bit much...)
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To: neverdem

dyslexic here.

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.


28 posted on 12/08/2007 9:01:13 PM PST by jacquej
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To: woofie

No, but Cisco’s founder is as was Sammy the Bull.

Just a little triva. (g).

John


29 posted on 12/08/2007 9:05:11 PM PST by Diggity
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To: fso301

htats funny.


30 posted on 12/08/2007 9:05:44 PM PST by Diggity
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To: VOA

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.


31 posted on 12/08/2007 9:16:23 PM PST by conservativeharleyguy (Technically, we are all Republicans.)
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To: ThomasThomas

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.”


32 posted on 12/08/2007 9:24:59 PM PST by Mountain Troll
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To: neverdem

I know a dyslexic that runs a successful god kennel.


33 posted on 12/08/2007 9:32:01 PM PST by Rb ver. 2.0 (Global warming is the new Marxism.)
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To: Rb ver. 2.0

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.


34 posted on 12/08/2007 9:56:10 PM PST by Burma Jones
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To: neverdem
You mean I am not alone?

I click on Spellcheck and I get the answer back:

"You have got to be kidding me!"

35 posted on 12/08/2007 10:21:46 PM PST by TYVets (God so loved the world he didn't send a committee)
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To: the invisib1e hand

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.


36 posted on 12/08/2007 10:31:00 PM PST by Rte66
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To: Man50D

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.


37 posted on 12/08/2007 10:51:30 PM PST by luckystarmom
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To: neverdem

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.


38 posted on 12/08/2007 10:54:25 PM PST by luckystarmom
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To: From many - one.
Yes, I am all of those too...Left or right handed in all sports, golf, writing too!

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!

39 posted on 12/08/2007 11:13:34 PM PST by Turborules
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To: Turborules
I have never been able to read my own handwriting. The first letter is OK but down hill the rest of the way. It takes at least 3 tries to get a phone number right.
I can type 60 words per minute but it take 1 hour with a spell checker to make it readable. I know what I meant to say and do but have trouble putting it in proper prospective or order.
My mind always short circuits to the answer without being able to say how I got there.
Reading War and Peace was hard.......
Over the last 37 years I have turned several major corporations specialty departments into dust bins with my competitiveness. It is impossible to understand my ability to find and act on their weakness. I write nothing down. I can read upside down and can walk around offices, plants shipping departments and remember almost everything I saw in the smallest detail.
Now I am loosing that talent, Never knew what it was, to a sick mental disorder. Just Dammm.
40 posted on 12/09/2007 2:00:11 AM PST by primatreat (Alzheimer's whispers are getting louder. I will not let the door open till this is over .)
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To: jacquej

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.


41 posted on 12/09/2007 7:09:59 AM PST by Roses0508
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To: neverdem
I'm dyslexic and I design program trading systems for a hedge fund, arguably the most competitive "big business" in the world.

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.

42 posted on 12/09/2007 7:16:43 AM PST by tcostell (MOLON LABE)
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To: taxed2death

“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.


43 posted on 12/09/2007 7:24:38 AM PST by FastCoyote
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To: stormer

That man is a bad example. A loser.


44 posted on 12/09/2007 7:27:59 AM PST by bvw
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To: primatreat

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!


45 posted on 12/09/2007 10:09:25 AM PST by Turborules
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To: bvw
Lighten up. Rockefeller was an intelligent, generous man who always answered when his nation called (and in a range of ways you apparently aren’t familiar with). He may have not been the most conservative fruit on the tree, but he is an American icon.
46 posted on 12/09/2007 10:51:41 AM PST by stormer
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To: Roses0508

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.


47 posted on 12/09/2007 10:56:59 AM PST by luckystarmom
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To: FastCoyote

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.


48 posted on 12/09/2007 10:59:38 AM PST by luckystarmom
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To: jacquej
Figured out how to overcome it in reading, but not with numbers, alas.

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.

49 posted on 12/09/2007 11:14:19 AM PST by trumandogz (Hunter Thompson 2008)
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To: neverdem

I have hairy palms. What’s that all about?


50 posted on 12/09/2007 12:38:05 PM PST by FastCoyote
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