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The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business Audiobook

The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Business and Educational, 2013

Getting an MBA is an expensive choice - one almost impossible to justify regardless of the state of the economy. Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real business. You can get better results (and save hundreds of thousands of dollars) by skipping business school altogether....

Josh Kaufman founded PersonalMBA.com as an alternative to the business school boondoggle. His blog has introduced hundreds of thousands of readers to the best business books and most powerful business concepts of all time. Now, he shares the essentials of entrepreneurship, marketing, sales, negotiation, operations, productivity, systems design, and much more, in one comprehensive volume.

The Personal MBA distills the most valuable business lessons into simple, memorable mental models that can be applied to real-world challenges.

True leaders aren't made by business schools - they make themselves, seeking out the knowledge, skills, and experience they need to succeed. Read this book and you will learn the principles it takes most business professionals a lifetime of trial and error to master.

©2010, 2012 Worldly Wisdom Ventures LLC (P)2012 Worldly Wisdom Ventures LLC

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    Mickey S Upper Darby, PA, United States 03-17-15
    Mickey S Upper Darby, PA, United States 03-17-15 Member Since 2016

    Skeptical Eco-modernist

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    "Really love the speaker and his enthusiasm!"

    Great listen and very informative. I recommend this book to everyone who wants to learn how experience trumps institutionalized learning.

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    Jim 03-09-15
    Jim 03-09-15 Member Since 2015

    You are what you feed your mind...so, feed it the good stuff!!!

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    "Disappointing"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angel 03-03-15
    Angel 03-03-15 Listener Since 2000
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    "Required Reading for Everyone"

    The only book I've ever recommended and gifted before even finish reading. When I heard that Josh was the narrator I immediately purchased the audio version and used it a thorough refresh to my last read. Industry testimonials have said enough. For those of us successful practitioners of self education and self driven personal improvement, this book and all of Josh's works speak to our souls. Thanks Josh, and hope you can continue creating and sharing invaluable brain content.

    A.C. NOVA AVIATION

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    Ethan Dazelle 03-02-15 Member Since 2014

    I love books and love talking about books. Hope my reviews are helpful!

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    "Useful Business and Elsewhere"

    Kaufman is a talented writer, but his true talent, if one can call it a talent, is being hungry for knowledge and tenaciously pursuing it to his benefit and others. In this book, we are given many reasons for becoming eternal, self driven learners, not only of methods to improve our businesses, but also our minds and our attitudes. Through real life example and through his many reading recommendations, the author has compiled a text that assuredly imparts useful techniques and methods, but is most valuable as a tantalizing look into how reframing problems and research in business and lifestyle can be immensely rewarding, as it certainly seems to have been for Kaufman.

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    Fred 03-01-15
    Fred 03-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Explendid"

    I loved listening to this audio book. I'll certainly revisit it in a few months to imprint the concepts in me.
    The narration is clear and easy to follow. A job well done, writing and narrating this book.
    I found many moments really great, I can't point a single one as favorite.
    Highly recommended!

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    Martin 02-28-15
    Martin 02-28-15
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    "Great insight"

    Great insight on business and entrepreneurship. Really helped open my eyes to the important parts of business and personal life.

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    Jonathan 02-22-15
    Jonathan 02-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "So good I'll listen again"

    Not what I expected, I was expecting a flurry of equations and financial theory. This was more helpful from a practical outlook.

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    Cassie 02-22-15
    Cassie 02-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great business information"

    Great Business information in a concise precise presentation. I recommend this book to anyone who was bored in the classroom but likes business.

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    Ben Horgen 02-20-15
    Ben Horgen 02-20-15
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    "The "Rework" of MBA concepts"

    Kaufman reads the book like only an author can. His passion for the content is evident in the performance. The chapters are concise and yet very in-depth. Well worth the read.

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    Trevor Schulte 02-19-15
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    "Too long, too much common sense material"

    Intro took too long. Wish there was more finance related information. Lot of common sense material. Found to be boring overall.

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  • Stephen
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    2/11/13
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    "Buyer Beware."

    Probably the worst audiobook I've ever heard.



    I thought this was going to be an interesting book - giving an overview of the topics covered in an MBA from a layman's point of view, with references to further reading materials. Instead, it was a 13 hour advert for some guy's blog.



    The first hour of the audiobook is setting the scene, with a variety of weak arguments about why an MBA is a waste of time and money, but giving absolutely no evidence that the Author's approach (of just reading lots of books without going to school) isn't also a waste of time and slightly less money.



    When he finally gets to the actual topic at hand, the material is covered at a very high level, and is mostly just a list of bullet points to think about. This would probably be slightly less useless in printed format than in audio form. Each brief chapter recommends further reading, and badgers you to go visit the author's blog.



    I would recommend anyone interested in this book to just skip the audiobook, go straight to the guy's website and look at his reading list. That will give you a good list of books that are more useful than this one.



    I would also caution that this is more of a self-help book than a business book. Many of the books that he recommends for further reading are also more about "motivation", than actually learning about business.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Shilon
    7/31/15
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    "Simple, Smart and Forward Thinking"

    Insightful and enjoyable read. A simple, smart, forward thinking business book. A must read for everyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jamie
    3/2/15
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    "Definitely worth a read"

    Was skeptical about this book because of other reviews. But I found it very helpful. It gives a clear introduction to a variety of areas and provides recommendations for further reading

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dan
    COBHAM, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "A real resource worth listening to"
    What did you like most about The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business?

    I liked it's clear structure, which had impact and purpose. Lots of example stories and case studies also make this a book worth getting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business?

    The ongoing analysis and criticism of top flight MBA business schools. The message is clear: if you've got a spare $100k+ to buy entry to an exclusive members club, then these top schools are for you - but don't be under any illusion that you'll learn anything different than any other of the good MBA schools out there. Save your money and learn about the topics explored in MBAs yourself - you'll save yourself a lot of money, which you could put towards your business venture.


    Which character – as performed by Josh Kaufman – was your favourite?

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    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It reaffirmed what I'd suspected - and potentially saved me a £££s of money in fees.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the few business books worth reading, given that it provides practical and common sense advice, but in a crystalised / useful form.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    SHEFFIELD, United Kingdom
    4/17/13
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    "Better than expected"

    The previous review put me off purchasing this, but I had seen the book and decided to give it a go.



    I was glad I did - I found the information very easy to understand and useful: it has helped me to see where I am going right in my two businesses as well as spot where I am going wrong. It is thought provoking and has helped me think about things - for this reason it has been a worthwhile purchase.



    The author does mention his website - but not too often and I did not find it particularly self-promoting or distracting. It is certainly far better than many of the charlatans that write books to promote the author's own websites, seminars and tapes.



    This book has substance and is enjoyable to listen to.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • hannah
    5/21/16
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    "great views of the business world open and honest"

    opinions made for an excellent read. makes you really think about what you want to do also.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • YTD
    5/4/16
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    "Just excellent"

    Really useful book. But also excellent sections in self improvement / self management - those sections would make a really useful guide for anyone not just business people! I will be buying a hard copy for a second read and note making! (But this is not necessary as it is for some books - the text doesn't constantly refer to diagrams like some books do!!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • R. Newton
    Llangollen
    4/11/16
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    "Excellent"

    A gem of a book. I have worked in industry for 40 years and found many items helpful. I will be recommending this book to my work mates. I just wish that I had bought this before spending money on an MSc!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • GudGurl
    Leeds, UK
    3/31/16
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    "Perfect for small and large business owners alike."

    I'll be reading this book at least once a year to keep on top of the main concepts. I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alev Haddadieh
    Kent, United Kingdom
    12/30/15
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    "Simplified face of the MBA"

    This book is really simply excellent. It explains the most complicated subject areas with a simplified aproach.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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