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.
The author spent 35 minutes selling the book and continuing on about the high cost of an MBA. However he never really talked about anything useful. I was already sold on the book and I had already purchased it. I didn't need 35 more minutes of selling. I gave up and started my next book
I really enjoyed the book and it's format. Very useful content, up to the point, simple examples. Make's it easy to listen to. Great job!
Great book. Very well written. Josh covers a lot of different topics in this book, which makes it a great introductory resource for learning how to become more productive. He references a lot of other good books which I otherwise would not have known existed. The only negative (and it is a minor one) is that a lot of the topics are mentioned superficially, however thanks to his references, it is easy to find more resources for a deeper dive. Would recommend this book to everyone.
I've toyed with the idea of getting my MBA for a while now and didn't want to make the financial and time commitment. I had a boss who told me once that if I put the same effort into my work as I would getting an MBA I'd be just as successful, if not more, but I still yearned for more training. This book was a good supplement. It's not completely actionable - meaning there's no defined curriculum or workbook that accompanies it to put things into motion, but I found the concepts and the suggestions for furthering my knowledge via other resources quite helpful. Josh did a great job narrating too. I always appreciate it when the author reads the story because you can hear their passion for the subject and that draws you in further - in my opinion.
I read this book upon recommendation of a friend. It brought so much more value than I originally thought that it would!!
IF he had his MBA
Non fiction. I chose this book because of the subject, I read the reviews prior to making a choice. Dry material
His dry presentation and did not agree with his view.
The author and narrator
Great Business Primer
If you are easily intimidated by business, this book will help you get over your fear. Josh Kaufman clearly explains complicated business concepts and makes them easy to understand. It is definitely a must read for anyone who is new to business. If I would've found this book years ago, it would've saved me from 1000 problems I've had over the years. It covers everything from product development to marketing in detail. But most importantly, it defines commonly used business terms in everyday language.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who is new to business and is struggling to understand it all.
Not nearly long enough to be considered an MBA equivalent. Great for exposure to general ideas, but lacks comprehensive details. It's more about encouraging personal business learning.