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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 Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real business.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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    John 11-08-12
    John 11-08-12
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    "Disappointed"

    I purchased this book as a refresher to the MBA I recieved 5 years ago from a local college. I found the subject matter very superficial and generic. The author did not appear to have a strong background in business. Few real word examples other than his experience in marketing at Proctor and Gamble or non-business examples were used to make a point.

    The content in this book may be beneficial to a recent college graduate looking for a basic synopsis of general business principles or an entry level business major trying to improve oppurtunities in the workplace.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Brett Australia 11-02-12
    Brett Australia 11-02-12 Member Since 2016

    this is not how I wear my hair

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    "Very Awesome, Inspiring and Educational."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you don't learn something about business from this book, you weren't listening.


    What other book might you compare The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business to and why?

    Up there with the greats like "How to win friends and influence people" and "Think and Grow Rich". A true classic that will stand the test of time.


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

    Josh brings true value and genuine character to this book.


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

    Napoleon Hill, Dale Carnegie, Stephen Covey step aside, there is a new Gun in town.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book on so many levels. Helpful, insightful and a great reference to focus and follow through on increasing your effectiveness and understanding of many vital subjects and actions.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    courbe yohan 03-03-16
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    "I really enjoyed this audio "

    I really enjoyed it. Clear structure, great ideas, a lot of references to other books I'll definitely read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MyRega 08-02-15
    MyRega 08-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "inferiority complex
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    Wow, the author has such an odd complex about never getting his graduate degree, it swamps the first several hours of the book. He drones on about the cost of graduate school and how all you really need to do is read books, saying that it is a great gift to not persue a masters degree. He misses the bigger point that grad school's goals are not just a diploma but also an incredible platform for networking with high performing individuals, leading researchers in your chosen field, a venue where you can converse, argue, and explore ideas and concepts that one is unlikely to experience outside higher education. Strangely he does not discount an undergrad degree (which he has) which seems incongruous since, if all you need to do is read books, the same approach must be fine for both undergraduate and graduate degrees. This MBA book is good, certainly not groundbreaking and has decent concepts that are both proven over time, and certainly not innovative.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    P. Crews 06-16-15
    P. Crews 06-16-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Couldn't finish"

    The narration and content were not interesting enough to keep my attention. Too many lists to keep track of in an audio book. Content was not deep enough to be interesting or useful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Olivas 04-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Not very deep...not worth the time...sorry!"

    It didn't come close to meeting even my lowest expectations... Very sophomoric. If you want to learn something, it's not going to happen by listening to this. Sorry to say, it's not worth ones time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Luis Panama, Panama 05-08-13
    Luis Panama, Panama 05-08-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Best Audiobook EVER heard"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Im a client of audible for more than a year and I listen at least 1 book a month, sometimes two. This one have listen two times. IT SAYS SO MUCH THINGS that I had lived that make me say: if i knew then what i heard now.

    If there where an spanish version I would like tu buy it, if not I will love to translate this my self, so I can recommend it to so much people I know that are making so much mistakes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Communication Overhead


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

    This is my first time


    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Olufemi Akintounde USA 10-29-12

    MyDeborah

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    "Great book, easy to follow"
    Where does The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    No 1 so far


    What other book might you compare The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business to and why?

    The millionaire mba


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I kind of like it all


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

    It made me feel like I am being made ready and learning fast


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks to the Author

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Toronto, Ontario, Canada 11-20-13
    Ken Toronto, Ontario, Canada 11-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A very basic intro to business"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Too much of the book is spent justifying the books existence, arguing against MBA programs, detailing trivia from the author's life, etc., and not enough on solid business analysis and advice. There is a long section of the book dedicated to personal improvement that is irrelevant to the main topic. Some good business advice and parables, and definitely not a total waste of time.


    Any additional comments?

    Production values are not as high as most other audio books, with cheesy chimes throughout and several parts where there appears to be audio errors resulting in the repeating of passages.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 07-18-13
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 07-18-13 Member Since 2014

    Rob Thomas

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    "Great book!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I very highly recommend this book as it explains basic business concepts in the first half of the book (which is what I was looking for) and gets into a whole bunch of funky and useful "positive psychology" concepts in the second half of the book (bonus!). All topics are explained concisely and engagingly, with Josh Kaufman doing an super job narrating his book. Look at the purchase price as an excellent investment.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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
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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?

    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.

    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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