Too much of the book is spent justifying the books existence, arguing against MBA programs, detailing trivia from the author's life, etc., and not enough on solid business analysis and advice. There is a long section of the book dedicated to personal improvement that is irrelevant to the main topic. Some good business advice and parables, and definitely not a total waste of time.
Production values are not as high as most other audio books, with cheesy chimes throughout and several parts where there appears to be audio errors resulting in the repeating of passages.
Book nerd for life!
Ch. 1: Value Creation & Ch. 4: Value Delivery
It's always nice to hear the author narrate the book.
It was nice that the book journeyed into other disciplines, such as psychology, since it plays a big role in business. I agree; don't spend tens of thousands (or hundreds of thousands) on MBA debt. Just get some good books, a good notebook, and learn from experience.
For a technical subject, it's very interesting. Josh Kaufman does a great job of boiling potentially dry topics into conceptually simple, independent, and interesting chunks of information. He does a great job of conveying how best to think about business and its processes.
The Lean Startup, by Eric Ries - also a good exposition of business philosophy (but more specific and less comprehensive).
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I really enjoyed it. It was long for an audio book, but interesting to the end. I'm trying to figure out when to squeeze in a second listen sometime in the future. It's worth reviewing.I didn't totally agree with the author's ending ideas. While it's true that we must exert our own efforts and reap the fruit of them in all of the facets of our lives, we also have help at times. As a Christian I believe that God puts people into my life to help them and be helped by them. I learn so much from those around me, though at the core I have to choose to be willing to listen and learn. Hopefully I didn't take his comments too far out of context.
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.
Gives you a great layout and resources to start your journey to succeeding in business. I highly recommend it while you are pursuing a business degree.
Josh Kaufman grabs your attention and keeps it thru-out the book. Short sections and hard hitting material makes this book a must read for today's entrepreneur!
I agree with many other reviewers that the intro discussing the disadvantages of formal business school was far far too long. Take away the long intro and this was a really excellent book.
Josh splits the subjects up very well into various chapters and small inter-related segments per chapter. Making it an easy book to start-stop. There are lots of various concepts presented and explained interestingly with good real life examples.
You won't be an expert in any one area after completing this book, but you will have a good grasp of all the basic business concepts, and the author refers you to lots of other books where you can delve into more details if you are interested.
I've been in business over 25 years, but still found new ideas and angles on concepts that I thought I had a good grasp of.
Unlike other reviews where Josh's speech and narration is criticized, I found his narration to be well paced and presented with good energy. I personally thought narration was very good.
All in all a worthwhile purchase.
This book did a great job breaking down a business and explaining all of the steps. It is the first book you should read before digging into the 99 other books he recommends on his website. I already ordered the real book it was that good!