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What Makes People Successful?

What Makes People Successful?

Ali Abdaal

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How people get ahead

We're often told that success is only the result of hard work. But it often seems that those who succeeded had an unfair advantage over their competitors.

We all have our own set of unfair advantages we can use to succeed. The book, The Unfair Advantage: How You Already...

Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses. We all have our own unfair advantages in our own ways that can give us a competitive edge.

We can find out what our unfair advantages are using the MILES framework.

  • Money
  • I...

  • Money. Evan Spiegel is the billionaire co-founder of Snapchat grew up in a multimillion-dollar house with well-connected parents.
  • Intelligence and insight. The Collison brothers co-founded Stripe which became a multi-billion dollar payments processi...

Location and luck

Ray Kroc, the pioneer of McDonald's once said. "The two most important requirements for major success are: first, being in the right place at the right time, and second, doing something about it."

  • The right ...

Education and expertise

Having a fancy degree from a prestigious university probably is an unfair advantage, but people increasingly care less about where you went to university and more about what you've been doing and what skills you can bring to the table. 

Our value comes more from our expertise. And that is s...

  • Having a little money. Many people start off with having little money. But having little money makes you more creative and adds to your drive to succeed.
  • A growth mindset (instead of a fixed mindset.) Our abilities aren't fixed. We can grow. Everythi...

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