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flashl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 07:10 AM
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Dyslexic?
Tracing Business Acumen to Dyslexia

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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sam sarrha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 07:38 AM
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1. i guess helping children i something new in the schools, i was horribly tormented and abused, scared
me for life..
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flashl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:50 AM
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3. The article suggests to me that you can have the last laugh
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T Wolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 07:47 AM
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2. My favorite group of dyslexic people are those from Bushkill, Vermont. nt
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 09:39 AM
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4. The Gift of Dyslexia by Ron Davis
I read this book after I started working for an adult literacy program. Davis is himself a dyslexic and it is his contention that dyslexia is a manifestation of a brain that works differently and is frequently seen in conjunction with great creativity such as Einstein or Da Vinci. I don't have enough expertise in the field to judge whether or not his theory was credible, but it was very interesting to read.
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bdamomma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 09:48 AM
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5. Interesting article.
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