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The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business | [Josh Kaufman]

The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business

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.
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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 Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real business.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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    John 01-16-13
    John 01-16-13
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    "Great to Read, Listen, and Learn"
    What made the experience of listening to The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business the most enjoyable?

    Josh is a pleasure to listen to. He speaks clearly and concisely and provides great mental pictures of concepts to aid absorption and retention.


    What did you like best about this story?

    While the Personal MBA isn't a "story" per se, Josh interjects many mini stories and examples of how business/people concepts work and how they can apply to the listener.


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

    Josh Kaufman is a great character himself. :) He eloquently explains the passion behind the Personal MBA as a project, book, and business, which comes through all of the concepts, making it an enjoyable read, listen, and follow up learning experience.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Back to Basics Business


    Any additional comments?

    As a curator of business information, you get a lot more from Josh Kaufman than the content of the book. You get recommendations and resources for an indefinite, ongoing learning experience. Josh's work on the Personal MBA is extraordinary and well worth any time/money spent on it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert OTTAWA, ON, Canada 01-14-13
    Robert OTTAWA, ON, Canada 01-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    What made the experience of listening to The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business the most enjoyable?

    I'm thinking of starting my own business after a long career in sales, but without much business education. This book is the perfect starting point. Very concise and a pleasure to listen to.

    Thanks Josh!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jorge Maldonado Maple Shade, N.J. 01-13-13
    Jorge Maldonado Maple Shade, N.J. 01-13-13 Member Since 2015
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    I have been preaching this for years! I am glad to know I was right all along.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Easy listen


    What does Josh Kaufman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Very matter of fact.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Senna 01-10-13
    Senna 01-10-13 Member Since 2013

    i love love love listening! thank you Audible for making it possible - to have the stories come to life!

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    A great listen with real world information and applicable ideas/thoughts. Ill need to listen to it again :)


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    Eric Kissimmee, FL, United States 01-05-13
    Eric Kissimmee, FL, United States 01-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A MUST READ!"
    If you could sum up The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business in three words, what would they be?

    Wonderful for the basics and to calibrate your experience and knowledge of business


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    No Surprises just felt validated that I did not have submit to the pressures of getting the formal education as everyone else would lead you to believe.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    MBA in a can!


    Any additional comments?

    I defiantly recommend this to anyone looking to get in business or anyone who did go to or finish college as a wonderful alternative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Share 01-03-13
    Share 01-03-13

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    What made the experience of listening to The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business the most enjoyable?

    The author offers very practical advice and I appreciate the honesty.


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

    Market Evaluation tips were a part of the most memorable moments.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Standard forms of value was clear and useful.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Braybrook, Australia 12-24-12
    Ryan Braybrook, Australia 12-24-12 Member Since 2015
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    Excellent Book. It covers the basics. Will surely be reading it again. It was definitely value for money.

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    Leonardo Baloa Lake Forest, CA 12-11-12
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    "This is the book for your life!"
    Where does The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a great starting point for anything business!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a great summary and reference for business.


    Have you listened to any of Josh Kaufman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Venkat Toronto, Ontario, Canada 12-05-12
    Venkat Toronto, Ontario, Canada 12-05-12 Member Since 2015
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    Where does The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I read hundreds of books and this is definitely makes it top 5. Must be a mandatory text book for every high school student across globe.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and repeat it # of times


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    billy 12-03-12
    billy 12-03-12

    In search of the finer things!

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    Where does The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best overall MBA or Business books I have read


    What did you like best about this story?

    The categories fit together seamlessly.


    What does Josh Kaufman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Clear articulation and understanding enhancement


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No its best to digest and then continue, I read the book over one hour slots


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  • Stephen
    London, United Kingdom
    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.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Nicolai
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    11/5/13
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    "Waste of time"
    What disappointed you about The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business?

    First 1/3 part of this audio book is mostly a waste of time. It's a very basic overview of some complicated tasks you'll meet in business live.

    This can't really serve as much more than a index card for what you need to learn - anyhow that is also the point of the book: don't waste many years in school and spend all your money learning these topics, when you can learn them from books.


    2 of 2 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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew Ebling
    1/15/15
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    "Very useful and full of great advice"

    Really enjoyed listening to The Personal MBA; loads of great ideas, advice & memorable illustrations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Graham
    Dublin 6W, Ireland
    4/13/13
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    "Very useful book"

    I really liked this book. The premis is that students of MBA courses all over the world are increasingly getting themselves into serious and sometimes life long debt when everything that they study on such courses is available elsewhere for free - or for a very small relative cost. Having made this point the author goes on to give high level overviews of the major subjects in business, and includes some useful observations on personal management and development. It is easy to listen to, very clearly and concisely written and I would recommend it to both business students and practitioners.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Khaled Al Marei
    London, United Kingdom
    10/17/13
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    "Simple still very resourceful!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business the most enjoyable?

    The book uses a simple way to present what business is about without getting into too much details.Very rich with inspiring examples and very well read.


    0 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?

    N/A


    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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