Ordblinde er bedre iværksættereHvis du er ordblind og går med en iværksætter-spire i maven, så er der godt nyt. Flere udenlandske undersøgelser peger på, at 35 procent af iværksætterne er ordblinde.
En svensk undersøgelse af succesfulde iværksættere viser, at 44 procent af dem, som havde skabt deres egen formue, havde en grad af ordblindhed. Og også undersøgelser fra USA og England peger i samme retning.
Det viser at ordblinde kan være højt begavede mennesker, og så viser det også at ordblinde har lært at tackle deres problemer i folkeskolen. Og det giver en vis styrke.
Ordblinde har nogle andre kompetencer. De er gode til at uddelegere opgaver, løse problemer og så er de vedholdende, fordi de altid har måtte kæmpe ekstra hårdt i skolen. Og her har mange af dem jo fået at vide, at de ikke kan blive til noget. Men det er altså ikke rigtigt, siger Mads Kragh.
Lord Sugar, Anita Roddick, Richard Branson, Jamie Oliver and Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad overcame their dyslexia to create hugely successful businesses, and research suggests dyslexics are disproportionately represented among entrepreneurs. Julie Logan, emeritus professor of entrepreneurship at Cass Business School, in London, says that 20% of the UK’s business self-starters have the condition. Her research into the US market showed that 35% of company founders identified themselves as dyslexic, compared with 15% in the general population. She then compared the traits, attributes and early experiences of people who identified as dyslexic from a sample of entrepreneurs who were not dyslexic.“Dyslexic entrepreneurs reported as good or excellent at oral communication, delegation, creative and spatial awareness tasks, whilst non-dyslexics reported as average or good,” Logan says. People with dyslexia, she found, tend to compensate for things they can’t do well by developing excellence in other areas: oral communication, delegation (because they must learn to trust other people with tasks they can’t do from an early age), as well as problem-solving and people management.
Children and adults with dyslexia are highly creative, and have many cognitive and emotional strengths, despite a weakness in decoding words. Successful dyslexics draw on their strengths to hit their targets in life, as shown in the illustration below:
Right-brained and left-brained, masculine and feminine, blue-eyed and brown-eyed: Are certain kinds of people more creative than others? Many of the super creative designers I have worked with seemed to have one thing in common; they suffered from dyslexia. Looking back in history, Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Jørn Utzon, Agatha Christie and Albert Einstein were all dyslexic. So, is dyslexia linked to creativity?Good news for those who can spell, the answer is no. It appears that more dyslectic people simply elect to work in the non-linguistic creative professions. To be successful, dyslectic people actually have to work harder to overcome their linguistic challenges. Fortunately, the best predictor of anyone's performance is not their IQ or personality, it is the amount of time one spends on a particular task.Dyslexia is hereditary and, fortunately, one can learn to live with even severe dyslexia. A dyslectic person may not be well suited for teaching English or working as an editor in a publishing house, however, it does give them a distinct advantage in other creative professions. Having struggled with reading and writing, the dyslectic person has failed early and often, thereby teaching them to persevere. As Winston Churchill, another dyslectic, creative individual, noted: "Never give up - -never, never, never give up."What then are the advantages, if any, of being dyslexic in overcoming challenges? The early age confrontation of apparently insurmountable challenges teaches the dyslectic person to persevere in the face of failure. They learn early to look at problems from multiple angles and use other skills to succeed. Dyslectic people often color-code information to aide their learning, use three-dimensional drawings to solve algebra problems and come up with intricate mnemotechnical cues to improve retention. Working on small creative tricks to overcome challenges may help make them better prepared to solve problems. It has been said that "luck is when opportunity meet preparation" and dyslectic people could thus appear to be "luckier" problem solvers.
Endvidere at man udstyres med særlig mental robusthed - 'resilience' i forhold til det at møde modstand.