Edge

Turning Adversity into Advantage
Narrated by: Laura Huang
Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
Categories: Business, Career Skills
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Laura Huang, a preeminent Harvard Business School professor, shows that success is about gaining an edge: that elusive quality that gives you an upper hand and attracts attention and support. Some people seem to naturally have it. Now, Huang teaches the rest of us how to create our own from the challenges and biases we think hold us back, and turning them to work in our favor.

How do you find a competitive edge when the obstacles feel insurmountable? How do you get people to take you seriously when they're predisposed not to, and perhaps have already written you off? 

Laura Huang has come up against that problem many times - and so has anyone who's ever felt out of place or underestimated. Many of us sit back quietly, hoping that our hard work and effort will speak for itself. Or we try to force ourselves into the mold of who we think is "successful", stifling the creativity and charm that makes us unique and memorable. 

In Edge, Huang offers a different approach. She argues that success is rarely just about the quality of our ideas, credentials, and skills, or our effort. Instead, achieving success hinges on how well we shape others' perceptions - of our strengths, certainly, but also our flaws. It's about creating our own edge by confronting the factors that seem like shortcomings and turning them into assets that make others take notice. 

Huang draws from her award-winning research on entrepreneurial intuition, persuasion, and implicit decision-making, to impart her profound findings and share stories of previously-overlooked Olympians, assistants-turned-executives, and flailing companies that made momentous turnarounds. Through her deeply-researched framework, Huang shows how we can turn weaknesses into strengths and create an edge in any situation. She explains how an entrepreneur scored a massive investment despite initially being disparaged for his foreign accent, and how a first-time political candidate overcame voters' doubts about his physical disabilities. 

Edge shows that success is about knowing who you are and using that knowledge unapologetically and strategically. This audiobook will teach you how to find your unique edge and keep it sharp.

©2020 Laura Huang (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Best entrepreneurship listen this year

Great audiobook. Educational mix of understanding what you can personally offer in business, psychology, and hussle. Very relatable as a small business owner and interesting case studies of successes and failures. Narrator is the author, which I always enjoy.

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Very interesting and entertaining book

I found the topics to be intriguing, the principles and the story telling were very engaging and the narration delightful.

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Fantastic read !

If you are an “idea thinker” this is a must read !!! Anyone and everyone with an entrepreneurial spirit will benefit from this book ! A wealth of knowledge. Well done!

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Get this book now!

If you’re looking for solid guidance on overcoming bias to get what you want, this book is for you. While this isn’t a book on systems change, applying the lessons will better position you to do this if that’s your goal. Highly recommend.

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A nice read for self improvement!

The boog is a good read for self improvement. I
It lays out some very known principles and bind then into story telling. The starting of the book was a bit slow till Chapter 7 and not-relatable for me, but it picked up later and I enjoyed listening to it. The language is simple and I liked the fact that the principles are repeated after every chapter n the very end if the book. that's really helpful.
I wish luck and love to the author Laura!

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Great gift for job seekers and those who want to improve their personal branding

I don’t normally write book reviewed but I think this is a must read book for those seeking to convey what they do and advance in their career, in particular female minorities who may sometimes have a perceived disadvantage in the workforce. I enjoyed the diverse set of anecdotes Laura Huang draws from, and it just goes to show how you not just need to work hard, but flip the narrative of how your perceived stereotypes and weaknesses are your strengths.

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Great book!

This book transforms research findings into practical insights and combines those with great stories to provide readers with a set of valuable principles for overcoming adversity to do well in almost any field of human endeavor. It is particularly relevant to entrepreneurs, business people and academics but I bet almost anyone would benefit from listening to this and applying the principles.

The book is read by the author and she does so brilliantly.

It is a great listen.

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Must-read book on adversity

I didn’t really know what this book was about, but I saw Adam Grant referenced in one of the promotions, and I wasn’t disappointed.

So many of us face adversity and discrimination in some way or another. Whether it’s our race, gender, sex or something else, we’re going to face bias and be stereotyped. This book uses stories and psychology to explain why that’s not a reason to give up and how you can use your adversity to succeed in a world that throws all the obstacles in your way.

Also, the author did an amazing job of self-narrating this book.