The Misfit Economy | Book Review

The Misfit Economy, by Alexa Clay and Kyra Maya Phillips

Exciting Title. Check. Great idea for a book. Check. Eye-catching iconography, double check. A good read as well? Let’s take that question over a cup of coffee and some text, shall we?

“As we think about how to apply the skills of hustling, hacking, copying, provoking and pivoting in our lives and work, we’re ultimately faced with a much bigger challenge than harnessing a behavior or mindset. We are faced with the enormity of changing the system and norms around us” – Alexa Clay/Kyra Maya Phillips

A book delving into the world of hackers and pirates for entrepreneurial ideas and business tactics? There are few subject matters that would excite me more to be honest. How awesome doesn’t that sound? A tingling sensation at the back of my mind – I was pumped to read this book!

I have read my fair share of entrepreneurial books, both of the academic sort and more pop-culture variants, and when I discuss with others about these books, I see the same two critiques repeated about them.

The first and most glaring problem is the trap of looking for a blueprint. A lot of people fall into various “get rich quick” schemes all over the place, or follow some online entrepreneur in the hopes they will get a complete model for business that they can copy and apply, down to the product they should create.

Anyone looking for a blueprint can safely steer away from this book. You wont pick up this book and fold an enterprise from it. Not that the authors intended that when they wrote the book, but its important to underline.

“Pirates hacked the establishment. Computer hackers like Sam Roberts study a system, take it apart to to understand every component, carefully identify its weakness, and then use the knowledge to build something new and improved. The pirates hacked the mainstream merchant ship system, the establishment from which most of them had originated” – Alexa Clay/Kyra Maya Phillips

The second most brought up point is a lack of applicable tactics. This is a tougher nut to crack, because who knows what a reader picks up and use when they read a book right? “Misfit Economy” book consists of a series of stories about different unconventional people and their ventures (and in some places, their adventures as well). Nothing practical, or mechanical, are ever discussed in detail and some of the stories had me longing for more depth. There is some merit to not going too deep in technicalities and if you enjoy reading books that paint only in broad strokes, this is it. If you are looking to pick up a skill, tactic or similar, this is sadly not the book for that.

“The Misfit economy” is more of an inspirational book. One that gives you a taste of something different, with a side dish of good notes and snappy language, served on a easy-and-fast-to-read plate. I dove into the book expecting something completely different than what it delivered and what it delivered wasn’t appetizing enough to add it to my personal library.

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