Parasite spread by CATS could be the key to being a successful entrepreneur, bizarre study claims

If you’ve always dreamed of ditching your career and starting your own business, you might want to consider getting a cat .

A bizarre new study by researchers from the University of Colorado has found that a parasite spread by cats could be the key to being a successful entrepreneur.

The parasite, called Toxoplasma gondii, is actually fairly common, and around 50 per cent of the world’s population is thought to have been infected by it.

The parasite worms its way into the brain, causing personality changes linked to risk-taking.

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The new study indicates that this increase in risk-taking helps to promote entrepreneurial activity.

In the study, the researchers analysed 1,300 students, and found that those who had been exposed to the parasite were 1.7 times more likely to be majoring in business.

The team also looked at databases from 42 countries, and found that prevalence of T. gondii infection was a “consistent, positive predictor of entrepreneurial activity”.

Dr Stefanie Johnson, who led the study, said: “Populations with higher T. gondii infection had greater intentions to start a business and higher levels of active entrepreneurship behaviours.

“Countries with higher T. gondii prevalence generally had a lower fraction of respondents who cited ‘fear of failure’ as a factor preventing them from initiating a business-related enterprise.”

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