It seems like times are tough if you’re left handed.

Apparently, right-handed people make more money than lefties. According to a recent study from the Journal of Economic Perspectives, lefties make about 10 to 12 percent less annually than righties. I know what many of you are thinking — especially if you’re left handed — “is this real life?” Well, there must some truth behind it: the guy who conducted the study, Joshua Goodman, is an economist at the Harvard Kennedy School.

So, why exactly are those righties more likely to make more money than lefties? Goodman claims that left-handedness correlates with other attributes. He said that left handed people¬†“have more emotional and behavioral problems, have more learning disabilities such as dyslexia, complete less schooling, and work in occupations requiring less cognitive skill.”

OK. Well, if I were left-handed and reading this, I wouldn’t be feeling too good right now, but fear not, we’ve got some facts about lefties that will cheer you up. First of all, not all left-handed people are doomed to make less than a righty. Let’s see… three out the last four presidents have been left-handed (George Bush is the only non-lefty of the group). Bill Gates, the wealthiest man in America, is left handed. ¬†Oh, and Oprah Winfrey, one of the wealthiest women in America, is also left handed.

So basically: These lefties prove Goodman’s study wrong. Use this article as motivation to go against the odds and be just as successful as famous lefties Gates and Winfrey.

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