How to find your unfair advantage – and succeed as an entrepreneur

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Launched in 2012, YourStory’s Book Review section features over 250 titles on creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, and digital transformation. See also our related columns The Turning Point, Techie Tuesdays, and Storybites.It’s not just upbringing and hard work that determine entrepreneurial success. Harnessing your internal strengths and even converting adversity into opportunity are key, according to the compelling book The Unfair Advantage: How Startup Success Starts With You, by Ash Ali and Hasan Kubba. Table 1 (image credit: YourStory)Here are my takeaways from this must-read book, summarised as well in Table 1. Also see my reviews of the related books Quirky, Frugal Innovation, Straight Talk for Startups, The Creative Curve, The Introvert Entrepreneur, Shortcut Your Startup, and Master Growth Hacking. The role of unfair advantageGrit, perseverance, hustle, talent, passion, and discipline are certainly important for a startup’s success, along with its business model and teamwork. But life is not a pure meritocracy, and what also helps is having family wealth, connections, and education. This extends to the city of upbringing and even passport.For example, white male American graduates from Ivy League colleges and working in Silicon Valley certainly have an ‘unfair’ advantage, the authors explain. Being in the right place at …

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