The book is solid as far as delivering business concepts. One thing that annoyed me was his premise that all of his readers believe in evolution - that we used to be animals and thus aren't designed to sit at a desk. Oops - I said "designed"...I mean...we haven't evolved to be able to sit at a desk yet :)
One or two references - no problem. However, the author hits it again and again and couple that with the fact that it was getting boring (it was the subject matter, not the performance), I shut it off about 1/2 way through the book.
If you want a crash course in business, the book is fine, however.
The author highlights a wide array of information for the business minded person than points you in the right direction if you would like to learn more about a particular subject.
I would definitely listen to this audiobook again, but for now I'm going to listen to as many books as I can.
The author incorporates personal anecdotes and a wealth of knowledge into this amazing reference for anyone who is considering starting a business or already has. I have listened to the whole thing through three times and I am still going, learning something new every time. I have listened to the finance chapter (5) about 6 times. Having read and listened to many business books, I would have to consider this one of my favorites.
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 hardly believe that this book considered the key point of a MBA educatuon so its a little misleading, but he does present some good business information and key points worth hearing. The first chapter was not necessary if I listen again I will just skip it. The first chapter is about an hr of listening to why a MBA isn't necessary and doesn't make financial sense for most ppl unless you plan on working for a investment bank or prestigious institution.
the way the information is arranged. I studied a MBA some years ago and this book was very broadening of my knowledge in more than one concept yet more over helped me clarify and to re-define some of my visions and paradigms . very good book.
in chemical engineering there is the Perry's Handbook providing "building blocks" , data and key information. for me this is an equivalent book since provides the components of a business very clear, practical and easy to learn.
no it is my first experience and liked gis pitch, tone and speed.
a sure map to build a business
author really contributes to learning in its approach. maybe for future editions to update some of the examples would be really useful.
I found the section on sales and marketing very helpful. I use this now as a resource and have reviewed several times as I modify my marketing & sales techniques.
like eMyth by Michael Gerber
marketing chapter was great
I found this book to be enjoyable and cover a large gamut of relevant information. I especially liked the middle chapters which discussed human psychology which is useful for trying to sell.
The benefit of having a condensed reference guide such as this is that you only get to scratch the surface in-terms of content. Also, I reject the notion that this summarizes an MBA program. No single book can capture two years of case-study, problem solving, networking and business simulations - not even close.
I took a few key ideas / phrases with me that I will apply on some clients - that's about it - but I still consider it a good overview of many key business / selling concepts. Also - the author references many sources of information that the reader can seek additional background information.
Discusses far beyond what any MBA book or degree will offer that is applicable to the real world. This book contains the core information of business books by the dozens.
It wasn't what I anticipated. While the information is useful, its delivery is somewhat tedious.