Updated: Nov 15
After reading the first few pages of this book, my reaction was: wow 😲.
A book that puts everything into perspective.
About the book
The Unfair Advantage is a book written by two authors; Ash Ali and Hasan Kubba who are startup entrepreneurs.
Ash skipped university to follow his passion to become a serial tech entrepreneur and the first marketing director of Just Eat.
Hasan built a successful startup from his bedroom with his knowledge from an online course and a desire to escape the corporate world.
Although this book talks about business and startups, the lessons can easily be applied to your life as a student. Even from the subtitle of the book, you already have what it takes to be successful.
The authors use anecdotes to bring the message home and it's definitely not another generic business or self-help book. They shared stories of people who have made it, throwing more light on their backgrounds to give you an idea of their unfair advantages and how they have used them to their benefit.
I couldn't wait to share with you the lessons I have learnt so far. I will update the lessons when I finish reading. For now, here are some lessons I have learnt.
Lessons I have learnt you can apply to your life
1. Turn an unfortunate situation into an advantage.
In the book, the authors talk about how Oprah, although had a traumatic childhood, used her experience to her favor. Adding more humanity to her talk shows making her stand out from the rest.
I could relate it to my own experience with my education, which has given me an advantage, a story and an experience to share with other students.
Whatever you're going through, think about the positive side. Ask yourself: "How can I turn this to my favor?"
2. Create your own luck by taking more actions.
Although, some people get lucky by virtue of their circumstances, you can create your own luck. People are more likely to support someone who is already doing something.
In their own words:
"Do more things. Meet more people. Go to more events. Blog about your startup (your interests). Produce things and publish them. Get feedback. Put more stuff out into the world. This is a powerful way of increasing your luck..."
3. Your location could make your goals a reality.
Being at the right place at the right time could be a gamechanger in your quest to achieve your goals.
As someone who talks about education and students, I'd say if you find yourself in a place where you have quality education and it's affordable, take advantage of it.
If your location is not favorable and you can't move, remember you can always turn an unfortunate situation into an advantage.
4. Education is important but doesn't matter how you get it.
This is what I mean when I say #ownyoureducation because education doesn't start and end in school; it's all around us.
By all means, get an education no matter how you get it. It will move you closer to your goals.
I've read so many books but there are only five books so far that have blown my mind and this is one of them.
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