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 Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real business.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.
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Josh did a great job at providing a very broad overview of many concepts and topics that are crucial to being successful in business and in life. Coupled with many references to sources I found this an extremely valuable audiobook.
I found this to be a great primer and almost an encyclopedia, both in scope and delivery, of the modern business person. There is an incredible wealth of practical and theoretical info. I don't know that this could be substituted or anything close for an MBA, as the concepts are more aligned with modern solopreneurs who are building medium sized businesses online and in person, as opposed to large corporate and Enterprise entities. That said, there is some good information about how any size business works, from supply chain to understanding how to improve and optimize. I definitely recommend the book, just be prepared for a long and, at times, dull read / listen.
This was a great book and I'm really impressed with the author. What an inspiration. He is only a few years older than me and has already learned so much. Two thumbs up for Josh Kaufman.
This a text book, and just fact after fact after dull bloody fact. I stopped after 20 mins, and switched to The Wolf of Wall Street.
The lack of storyline, no examples to support his arguments. And it stops every 2 mins.
Avoid buying the audio version, just buy the paperback version.
I am a plastic surgeon by profession A father by heart A trader by choice A teacher by passion A child by curiosity
it is overall a good book with some practical principles you can use
definitely better than the first 20 hours which was a total waste
I enjoyed the thorough review of important business concepts. Josh did a great job being concise with each topic. I could have used some additional examples as I digested each concept. I had to pause and ponder the topics more pertinent to me. That is okay because it is part of learning. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to expand their business knowledge and understanding. The chapters and topics covered were thorough.
I believe if you are starting out this is a great example for a foundation in business practices and a general idea of how a business operations work from day to day in a simple form..
Yes, Josh Kaufman (author/narrator) has a way of keeping it livelier than the print version. (I listened to it at 1.3X speed, might be too slow at normal speed)
Many good parts, my favorites were the business idea evaluation methods and the bureaucratic breakdown and communication sections.
Rather quick overview of a lot of simple topics, some more complex than others. It was a good intro that pulls a lot of things together. can't replace an mba as author agrees as it requires a lot of personal learning which this book offers a good start.
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.
"Simple, Smart and Forward Thinking"
Insightful and enjoyable read. A simple, smart, forward thinking business book. A must read for everyone.
"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
"A real resource worth listening to"
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.
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.
It reaffirmed what I'd suspected - and potentially saved me a £££s of money in fees.
One of the few business books worth reading, given that it provides practical and common sense advice, but in a crystalised / useful form.
"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.
"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.
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!!)
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!
"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.
"Simplified face of the MBA"
This book is really simply excellent. It explains the most complicated subject areas with a simplified aproach.
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