• Edge

  • Turning Adversity into Advantage
  • By: Laura Huang
  • Narrated by: Laura Huang
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (193 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Laura Huang, an award-winning 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 turn 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 groundbreaking 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

Critic Reviews

“We’re all looking for an edge. But where does it come from? In this insightful and accessible book, Laura Huang provides the answers. Be authentic and distinct. Provide value to others. And turn adversity into advantage. Packed with fascinating stories and counterintuitive principles, Edge is a must read for anyone seeking to stand out from the crowd.” (Daniel H. Pink, author of When, Drive, and To Sell Is Human)

"This book will change how you navigate your career and overcome obstacles along the way. Do yourself, and those you work with, a favor and read it now!” (Marie Forleo, author of Everything is Figureoutable and founder of B-School)

Edge is for anyone who has found themselves feeling underestimated and unequipped to deal with a tough situation - so, all of us. Huang melds her groundbreaking research with heartfelt stories to show how all of us can - and indeed, must - create our own advantage.” (Arlan Hamilton, founder and managing partner of Backstage Capital)

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Annoying voice, not much to gain from message

I don't hate a person for having a weird voice, but maybe they shouldn't read audio books. I only listened to about 2 hours of thisbecause she was so hard to listen to. I could have kept going if I felt like the message was helpful. But it was very...meh.

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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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What an amazing book

This book provided me with the tools I was looking for to know what I am good at and define where I am going. Each chapter provides the listener with insight in how to put together what makes us special using our gifts and unique trajectory. Wish I’ve listened to this 10 years ago.

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Cheap stories

I was expecting something substantial something meaningful from an Harvard Prof but the book is instead full of anecdotes that don’t go anywhere!

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loved it.

loved it! great insights, inspirational and she really shared powerful examples. I was really challenged to look to find my edge.

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One of the things I loved about this book is that it doesn't come from the place of being a victim, but a victor! Fascinating and strong principles that we can all learn from no matter our background.

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Fantastic book, read & reread regularly

This is a great book that is highly insightful and a great reminder of how we all have something special to contribute to the world.
I'm reminded of Wangari Maathai's "My Little Thing" initiative to show citizens that each little effort from each person counts.
This book shows how to identify and work with one's Little Thing to make it a game-changer in all aspects of life.

Like a regular shampooing, I'd recommend a read and re-read of this regularly. Thanks Laura Huang!

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Solid actionable content

The risk in self help is being too pie in sky but this book probided a lot of actionanle content.

2 Takeaays: 1) Steer others perceptions of you; 2) strive for rejection (try many high risk alternative options when applying for jobs.)

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UH-MAZING!!

Do yourself a favor and get this book! It's basically a must have for anyone who wants to learn how to turn their perceived "weaknesses" into super assets!

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Truly gained a ton of insight from Edge! So much of success in life and careers are contingent on someone else's opinion. Edge provides valuable examples of how people triumphed with so much obstacles in their way. Laura goes on to explain how enriching, delighting, guiding, and effort play a role in getting others to see sides of your diamond that deserve acknowledgment. I found it invaluable to learn how to persuade judgment when perceptions seem like they cannot be changed. This book is an inspiration!