No - this book reads like a textbook. It is difficult to listen to because there are lists of principles and concepts. The information seems well-researched and the author delivered on my expectations for content. There is just very little story line.
Unlikely. I would certainly like to own some of his books in a physical form, but listening to them is very much like hearing someone read a Psychology 101 textbook - interesting, but hard to stay engaged with.
No, the information was too dense to digest in one sitting.
Solid information that I want to have, just more useful if delivered in a media other than audio.
This book summarizes principles of business in a condensed but effective form. It covers key principles and things you can relate to practically and not theoretically. Especially recommended to those planning on starting their own business.
Just skip the intro or breeze through it. I had thought of returning the book half way in the intro but once the first chapter starts it is quite good.
I did not care much for the presentation
not really, but this author has not helped the market.
It was all personal anecdotes
The mechanics and concepts presented are workable.
This book could have covered the same material in half the time.
First of all, you could tell that a lot of content had been translated out of tables. The delivery was painfully repetitive and would have been nearly intolerable in almost any format. Even if certain points would have been informative in print, they came off as obvious and patronizing in audiobook.But what made it really terrible was the "blonk" noise that they play at the start of every section. Ever get so many emails in a short time that you mute your phone so as not to throw it against a wall? That very same noise is used to punctuate the book every minute or two, driving me into a murderous rage within minutes. I finally had some mercy on myself and shut it off after about an hour.
The terrible "blonk" noise at the start of every section!
Over-simplifies business concepts
No because its too simplistic for someone working in complex and corporate environments,
Good introduction for budding entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Summarises basic business concepts
The ideas are old, recycled and the author came off as egocentric. This book is not really about business, it just uses business as the platform to speak about how lifelong learning is a path to being (important, happy, content, self assured)... not sure which adjective to use.
I believe that entrepreneurship changes the world. Most of my reading is in business non-fiction . I'm a Software Engineering student.
Yes, this is a good book if you plan on only a mild education in business, with little to no background. If you have any knowledge or experience, this book is probably a pass.
This book is simply a glorified reading list. I was hoping for insights on the books and new conclusions and links, however it was more conservative and just summarized a lot of books I've already read. Get the reading list and read the summaries. That's all this book is.
If this is one of your first handful of business books, you may take a lot more away from it than if you've read more than 5.
Densely informative, easily digestible and provides further resources for more indepth study. Fantastic book I will definitely revisit again and again!
Simplicity, Realism, Focus
Josh Kaufman breaks down the essentials of business without getting too caught up in the 'weeds (I'm talking about you, 3" thick macroeconomics textbooks!).' I've thoroughly enjoyed this book, plan to repeat chapters (or the entire book) a few times, and will eventually turn to other books he recommends for in-depth knowledge of certain business concepts. I'm pre-ordering "The First 20 Hours" and look forward to yet-another fantastic publication from Josh Kaufman.
There is good information to be found in this book, but also a great deal of twaddle. The author begins with a "straw man" argument that today's MBA programs are geared to corporate middle managers and not to entrepreneurs, which is quite correct. That is the purpose of MBA programs. Then he touts this work as addressing the needs of the entrepreneur but provides a great summary of the information found in most MBA programs.
Skip the three chapters in the center of the book that focus on personal improvement. Eating right, exercise and meditation are all topics that belong in a different kind of book. Bully for Mr Kaufman that he has gone vegan, this has no relevance to the topic.
The distillation of business concepts are where this book shines, but they are often hidden within the author's endless promotion of his own website, his stories of his failed time at P&G, and his lifestyle guides. Mr Kaufman has clearly done a great deal of reading on the topic of business and has the ability to distill the information to be very useful, but he has trouble unifying this work.