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.
If you like business books, this needs to be on your list. I learned some great new concepts, refreshed some former knowledge, added add some fuel to my fire of learning.
The author performs the narration, and does a stand up job. The book has great structure, and keeps you interested.
This is a good starter for anyone interested in business generally and includes material not typically taught in business courses. Pay attention to the references to other works imbedded in each chapter and explore to get the most value out of this book.
Great book for getting a general idea of all of the different facets of business.
Great listen and very informative. I recommend this book to everyone who wants to learn how experience trumps institutionalized learning.
You are what you feed your mind...so, feed it the good stuff!!!
I'm not sure how listening to this book is going to help me replace an MBA. I assumed that the information contained in this book would help me do that. There was a lot of common sense stuff but no real direction for application of what is being taught.