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Tuesday, November 20, 2007



" * Dyslexic entrepreneurs exhibited higher levels of creativity then non-dyslexic entrepreneurs."

Would it be offensive to laugh? I hold a somewhat dim view of those attempting to scientifically measure creativity.

Liz Ditz

Still haven't found the study.

Simfonec presents at leading Dyslexia Conference

In November 2006 Simfonec presented at the International Dyslexia Conference held at Indiana in the United States to highlight the area of Dyslexia and Entrepreneurship.

Previous research conducted by Simfonec's director, Dr Julie Logan revealed that in a sample of Entrepreneurs 19% displayed signs of dyslexia; this is considerably higher than the UK general population incidence of dyslexia which stands at 4%.

A wider study is currently being conducted and we are searching for willing entrepreneurs. We would be especially interested to hear from dyslexic entrepreneurs. If you would be interested and would like to find out more please contact

Liz Ditz

More on the study. I did e-mail Professor Logan for a citation, or a copy of the study. Sounds to me like there's a whole lot of conclusion-jumping going on.

Dyslexics 'don't see risks so take more'

By Richard Tyler, Enterprise Editor Last Updated: 12:56am GMT 21/11/2007

Dyslexic entrepreneurs may take more risks because they simply do not understand the figures, new research suggests.

Cass Business School has assessed the differences between dyslexic and non-dyslexic entrepreneurs and found little difference between the two groups' appetite for risk.

Julie Logan, professor of entrepreneurship, said: "We measured propensity for risk taking and it was absolutely the same [for dyslexic entrepreneurs] as non-dyslexic entrepreneurs, so that can't be enough on its own. It might be that most [dyslexic] entrepreneurs do not necessarily see the risk." advertisement

Dyslexics such as Sir Richard Branson are seen as natural entrepreneurs as they fail to respond to traditional education and fall back on strengths in creativity and innovation.

Existing academic studies show that UK entrepreneurs are twice as likely to suffer dyslexia than an average person. The rate rises to three times more likely in the US.

Prof Logan's research found that dyslexics were more likely to start their business right after school, own more than one business, run their business for a shorter period of time and to grow it more quickly than non-dyslexics.

She argued that Britain should be producing more "Sir Richard Bransons", but the eduction system was "failing" dyslexic children.

"The UK system fails to identify dyslexics at a young age, meaning that many of those with potential to be successful entrepreneurs never get the chance," she said.

"In the UK study we did not have very many people that had gone to university. But in the US, many had got a degree through their community college. They had a feeling of self-worth.

"Although everybody felt they had underachieved, the ones in the UK had been crushed by their education, whereas in the US they had people that had supported them, they had mentors. Confidence levels in the US were much higher."

Prof Logan said dyslexics saw themselves as good communicators and could grow their businesses quickly because they were used to working in teams with people to cover for their weaknesses. "They are able to delegate because they can trust people," she said.

Lots of assertions. More data, please. Among other things, you aren't dyslexic just because you say you are. What standard did the study author use to determine that a person was dyslexic?

Liz Ditz

Sigh. Another article. This time from the London Times Online business section.

Dr Logan said: "It seems very much as though in the US there's much earlier support and remediation. American entrepreneurs felt they had under achieved at school but felt overall they had a positive school and college experience and had extremely high levels of self-confidence. Unfortunately that's not what's happening in our system."

Kate Griggs, founder of the dyslexia charity Xtraordinary People, said: "This new research shows that the need to train a dyslexia specialist in every school is more urgent than ever; every child is to be given the opportunity to reach their full potential.

"Specialist training can cost as little as £1,500 per teacher – so for an investment of less than £10 per child, a specialist can be trained at every school in the country. Surely this is a sound investment in light of this new research?”

Sir Richard Branson, who suffers from dyslexia, believes the condition could be beneficial in business. He said: “Being dyslexic can actually help in the outside world. I see some things clearer than other people do because I have to simplify things to help me”.

Richard Davids, the entrepreneur who bought Aston Martin in a £480 million deal earlier this year, said the condition equipped him to visualise problems.

“I build pictures instead of using words to understand things. The engineers will explain a complex technical problem to me and I will sit back and get a clear picture, which helps me explain it”, he said.

Ben Way, the dot-com millionaire who started his first business when he was 15, said: "I was lucky enough to be recognised as dyslexic very early in my life. I know that dyslexia in many ways gives me an edge against the competition, but only because I received the specialist equipment to enable me to work with dyslexia rather than against it."

The Cass Business School study surveyed 250 British and American entrepreneurs.


I am dyslexic, it wasnt picked up at school. My sister who is 10 yerars younger is also dyslexic and it was picked up in her teens, she was given extra help and now has a Phd.

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A quote from Nolan Bushnell on what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur: "The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It's as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer."

Anne B

I am dyslexic...however I am still struggling with whether this is a gift or curse. I am a medical student and was diagnosed 2 yrs when I did a standard degree course and it was picked in my writing. In med we dont much writing and things can be quite visual so there are quite a few medics that are dyslexic.
I am always had a penchant for business and know I want to leave medicine and go into business and sometimes it is encouraging to read articles like this. However not all dyslexics have compensatory language/oral skills. I delegate well-yes but find it hard to express myself because I have to read the word in my head before it comes out and that process tends to muddle it up and make me look stupid. I dont do good oral presentations as I struggle to present things in a linear fashion. I can explain things but in the way everyone else will understand I start from the broader picture and go down to the basic blocks instead of the other way round. I think in pictures and find ideas/concepts for whole images and then start to decipher it. I am proud of my accomplishment thus far but the frustation is still very there and sometimes I really feel it would have been better if I could just think logical. The media is glorifying dyslexia and for dyslexics it is great that recognition is happening but there is not much discussed about the struggles of not being able to fit in or do what seems to come naturally to every one else. Yes there success stories for dyslexics but there are also success stories for non-dyslexic. I would happily trade this 'gift'- any takers!

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