Wow, the author has such an odd complex about never getting his graduate degree, it swamps the first several hours of the book. He drones on about the cost of graduate school and how all you really need to do is read books, saying that it is a great gift to not persue a masters degree. He misses the bigger point that grad school's goals are not just a diploma but also an incredible platform for networking with high performing individuals, leading researchers in your chosen field, a venue where you can converse, argue, and explore ideas and concepts that one is unlikely to experience outside higher education. Strangely he does not discount an undergrad degree (which he has) which seems incongruous since, if all you need to do is read books, the same approach must be fine for both undergraduate and graduate degrees. This MBA book is good, certainly not groundbreaking and has decent concepts that are both proven over time, and certainly not innovative.
I really liked listening to this book. There were a few moments where things seemed really elementary, though it was good to review the information. Great narrator as well.
This book was so inspiring and made me think about all the things I do in life the way I do them. I definitely recommend this to anyone wants to be inspired and have their own business.
I've listened through this a few times because there is so much valuable information that Josh Kaufman has synthesized in the book.
He has an uncanny ability to simplify the principles of business so that anyone can gain insight about how to improve themselves and their life.
Not only is this an incredible reference for business but it also, in my opinion, has all of the substance of the "self-help" industry without any of the fluff to improve ones life where they see fit.
I definitely would not. I am in my last semester of my MBA program and I have worked in corporate finance going on 6 years. I was encouraged to read this book by one of my employees and heard great things about it. Right off the bat I was smacked in the face by pure ignorance. I didn't necessarily disagree with the authors premise that you could learn more by reading yourself, I was startled by the blind idiocy in saying that the MBA is a waste of time and money. Networking is everything. When you apply for a job the fastest way in the door is knowing someone. The next thing they want to see is credentials. What sets you apart? If you say to a hiring manager "MBAs are a waste of time and money, I read the personal MBA so I am more qualified than your other applicants." You wouldn't be getting a call back. The author discounts all the perks to going to a university and obtaining an MBA on the premise that it is a waste. Networking is the best part about getting your MBA. Meeting other highly motivated, highly intelligent people to share ideas with and learn from is an invaluable experience that anyone serious about business should go through.
The whole book was a dissapointement from start to finish. The first hour is a giant circlejerk bash session on the MBA programs, followed by why his book will change your life. He then starts to blow his own horn bragging about his time at P&G, which is his only real world experience, where he flamed out after only a few years. The Content itself is something you learn in your Business 101 classes in undergrad. There is no real meat to this book. Just vague generalizations, a couple stories and examples, definitions, and a bunch of self promotion dabbled in here and there. "Customers don't like feeling taken advantage of". That is the kind of insight spread throughout the book. The one positive I will give it is that he hits on business as a hole. He discusses pretty much every topic you will ever touch on in business school. However, he doesn't get in depth with any of them. This book does not really teach you anything, it reads more like a self help book. A glossary of sorts to all the topics of business, with a couple examples and a definition. Then of course a bit more promotion about why the book is the greatest. Not to mention the chapters on eating vegan, exercise, mind over matter, and other new agey style stuff that doesn't belong in a book about business, but would be more suited for a self help book.
I would have cut the book completely.
Overall, I am just dissapointed that I wasted nearly 14 hours of my life listening to a book, hoping to learn something and gain insight, but ended up learning absolutely nothing about business and everything about why the author and his wife are so great. I don't ever write book reviews because I listen to so many I usually end up taking away at least a couple of good lessons or learning something no matter how bad the book is. However, this book pushed me to write this review because if I can even convince 1 person not to waste their money on something, it wouldn't be an MBA, it would be this book. Unlike an MBA, you will not gain anything from this book and you will lose 14 hours of your life.
Yes, if they are interested in pursuing a business venture, or learning how to a business actually operates this is an in-depth introduction.
Focus on the mind, how to work alone, how to work with people, and improving systems.
Personal MBA and its adjoining websites are excellent resources for the aspiring entrepreneur or seasoned professional. You are bound to learn something new, or reinforce what you may already know.
The bashing in the beginning lowered my expectations of the book which in the end made it ok. Book is a lot about practical business process and inspiration. One thing that is missed and which I think is the biggest advantage of a MBA programs and the main readon I would justify the cost is the network you build up. This is totally neglected in the book and it is focused on practical things. Still worth to listen.
the book was great. it has a few areas where josh repeats the same phrase back to back that need to be cleaned up. aside from that, the book is chocked full with nothing but golden nuggets.