Genetics and Entrepreneurial Insticts

From the the NY Times:

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.”

Dyslexia is genetically based, correct? Looking for genetic/behavioral correlation with entrepreneurial activity might be interesting.

The article suggest that dyslexics develop compensatory skills which are beneficial to entrepreneurs. Future entrepreneurs might what to gather those skills themselves.

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One Response

  1. Another possibility might be that dyslexia is one symptom of a deeper neural abnormality that is beneficial in market-based businesses.

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