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 Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real business.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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I love memoirs and books on personal triumphs and business. I like to learn, be inspired and relax while listening to my books.
Out of roughly 20 books on business that I have read I would easily say that The Personal MBA ranks in my top 5 books. Its a book I would listen to again, as well. However the book doesn't have completely groundbreaking ideas, nor does it proclaim to. It is a very solid compilation of lots of ideas from many very solid books. I would certainly recommend it.
Although I do appreciate all that I've learned from my actual MBA, I can't deny the value of the well organized nuggets Josh provides here. His voice is at times annoying, but not completely so.
Best book I have ever read regarding business and personal grow.
the whole book
Yes, only because is was narrated by Josh himself
To Brian Tracey's simpilfy your life
Journey to success
No. For those concepts that were new, I needed time to digest them, and since there are no notes supplied with the audio version, listening too quickly can mean you lose focus.
I think I remember others commenting about this, but skip the first chapter (about an hour). It's basically just the author telling you how MBAs suck, and you should follow his method. Not really sure what the purpose of this is since if you're already listening to/reading that chapter, then you've already paid for his book.
In general, it's a reasonable summary of a lot of concepts related to business and psychology. I'm sure MBAs are flawed - especially in the States where you need to go into so much debt to get one! - but this isn't comprehensive enough to replace one.
What it does do is give you a good idea of whether you'd actually like to take an MBA or not, whether it's an area that interests you or would just waste your time, and if all you need is an overview, then this is probably the book for you. There's plenty of extra reading material recommended throughout the book as well, so you can supplement your reading in those areas that interest you.
I've been listening for an hour and so far it is a total BS. He is just saying business schools are bad. Why the hell does he think he can get my money and talk non-sense for an hour about why business schools are bad. Pure saturated and concentrated bullshit.
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).
I don't think that would be a good idea.
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.
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