I'm a very open minded person, but also a very busy person. Time is important; life is short. I just spent 20 minutes listening to the author talk in a clipped voice about why he's qualified to write this book, why he's an outlier, why he's special, why one career experience with one employer gives him credo, etc. Ok, so maybe there are many other career experiences or insights to follow but I honestly can't deal with the ego trip and can only ask the author to please get outside of himself if he wants to connect with people (or settle in for a few years and see what life is like, then write from a sincere place). I'm giving some rating as there are likely good things to follow as promised by author. Yet I can't quite get past this point on audio. Perhaps a hard copy to flip through is the best format for this book.
I did not get the impression that the author had much practical experience he could draw from.
Kaufman introduces a series of concise business principals and backs up each claim with easily understood examples. The most interesting part of this book was Kaufman's views on people's core drives. This book is comprehensive, yet condensed, and a great way to understand business in a new light.
Yes. Worth reading for everybody as management principles can be applied in all parts of your life .
"The Personal MBA" is an art. Author's another book " The First 20 hours" is a science. Combining them is like 1+1= 11 ( not 2).
I love this book. It's the second time I have been through it and I'm amazed and how much I didn't learn!
Josh Kaufman delivers a fantastic approach to understanding business ideas and the humans that drive them: "Here are the basics. Now go forth and keep learning"
Josh takes extremely complicated business concepts and simplifies them, making them interesting and easy to follow with great illustrations. This book was very useful to me as a budding businessperson.
I learnt a great deal from this book. Planning on buying a hard copy now for future reference. I'm sure I have plenty more to learn but this book points you in all the right directions so you waste less time. I feel closer than I ever have to creating the business I want for myself and my family.
I've been looking at a lot of different business material, trying to find the best option. This book turned out to be a surprise for me. Incredibly insightful and lots of every day use practice information in here. Have to go through it several times to even digest all of it. Although the beginning is a little rough it feels more like he's trying to convince you to read the book and then it actually has anything to do with the information in the book. Besides that, it's incredibly useful.
With so many "business books" being little more than a one-night- stand pep talk about goals and to-do lists, The Personal MBA is a refreshing and insightful work into the core structure, psychology, and mechanics of business.
Any one at any level in business aspiring to do more or even maintain what you have better should use this work as a start and source for future development.