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Good. Blow them away and just go for it
March 28, 2018
Kevin Hong's lessons on navigating through business and life are Gold. His path defies convention at every twist and turn. His romp through life is heartfelt and there is no shortage of stories that will inspire you to go above and beyond and to think outside the box. He recounts both his failures and success, but it is his perceived flaws that turn out to be blessings, when applied in the right setting and mindset.
As an angel investor, I often look for the indomitable spirit exhibited by an entrepreneur so committed to the cause, that s/he is willing to live/breathe the vision no matter how absurd the circumstance. The "Man Van" showcased Kevin's grit, but it's the interesting insights about human nature that Kevin shares, that make each chapter a didactic lesson on life.
Three reasons to read The Outlier Approach:
1. You think people underestimate you. Good. Blow them away and just go for it. Kevin recounts how he poured over American TV shows and practiced speaking until he spoke English fluently.
2. You don't fit the typecast for a particular role nor you are qualified for a job on paper. Who cares? Find a way. Kevin attends an investment banking workshop at a school he doesn't attend and secures multiple interviews by making sure he stands out.
3. You want business lessons applicable to life and life lessons applicable to business. I love the chapter on "market making" at a Las Vegas Club. Kevin hustles and connects two groups of people by recognizing the needs of each party.
You rarely get to meet someone with Kevin's drive and creativity. If you're looking for a fast-paced book on one person's journey through life using the "outlier approach", this is a must read. My only wish is that Kevin would go deeper into the dynamics of starting a business and choosing the right founders. As unique as his life story may appear on the outset, much of his experience, especially the ones in which he shuffled between two cultures during his early years, resonated with me. Literary folks might appreciate the alternating Korean to American views between each chapter.
A fun, engaging read. Highly recommend.