The Nexus Between Dyslexia and Enterpreneurialism

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Virgin Group founder Richard Branson.

Colorado's top executive, John Hickenlooper, is also the state's entrepreneur-in-chief, having started his own brew pub before he got into politics. That puts him in a group that includes Richard Branson and Charles Schwab: business founders who also have dyslexia.

Their success can help inspire kids like those in Colorado who have spent their summers poring over cue cards and spelling rules, as CPR's Jenny Brundin reported recently. Kids with dyslexia often say they feel stupid and drop out of school, though many dyslexics are gifted students.

Some research shows that when people with dyslexia grow up, they are disproportionately drawn to entrepreneurism, though other research has called that finding into question. Either way, having dyslexia can prove advantageous in business, according to Seth Goldman, founder and CEO of Honest Tea, a $100 million company now owned by Coca-Cola. Goldman's son is dyslexic, and Goldman wrote about the connection between dyslexia and entrepreneurism in INC Magazine. He spoke with Colorado Matters host Andrea Dukakis.