Entrepreneurs five times more likely to suffer from dyslexia
What makes Sir Richard Branson, Charles Schwab, Walt Disney, and Steven Spielberg (along with many others) special? Research links entrepreneurship and dyslexia.
Research shows that entrepreneurs are five times more likely to have dyslexia. The research carried out by Simfonec, a science research center based at Cass Business School, found that 20% of entrepreneurs studied were dyslexic.
The research also found that 70% of dyslexic entrepreneurs who participated in the second, more in depth stage of the research, did not succeed at school. Researcher and Director of Simfonec, Dr. Julie Logan notes that some of the UK's leading entrepreneurs such as Sir Richard Branson, Sir Alan Sugar, Anita Roddick and Sir Norman Foster allegedly suffer from dyslexia and says this research not only links dyslexia and entrepreneurship for the first time but it also has fundamental implications about how entrepreneurship should be fostered.
"I applaud this Government for the initiative they are taking to encourage entrepreneurship through such schemes as National Enterprise week but we need to be very careful about how this is done. My research shows that entrepreneurs have often failed in the school system - it is only through creativity and tenacity that they have been able to succeed in business. Those attempting to teach enterprise through traditional, theoretical methods will fail because the very people who make brilliant entrepreneurs will respond badly in the typical classroom environment." Dr. Julie Logan
So remember dyslexic Dragonfly friends - you can do ANYTHING!