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 Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real business.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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Loved the narration and sound effects between sections. Book is well written. Narration is delivered with emotion and passion.
Some sections could have been expanded upon, but then it would have made for a very long book. Author provides book references for those instances. Offers a good balance between introducing a topic and explaining a topic in exhaustive detail.
Say something about yourself!
It's THAT Guy, you know him, the one who says I RULE, SK00L DROOLZ, even though he starts his story saying that he got a middle managaer job in a great company thanks to his college. Most of his information is solely based on the US, an as a Non-US listener, most of the criticisms he says about MBA programs didn't really apply to me.
The book starts saying that "other gurus" just use the book as a presentation card or advertisment for their own services, yet there were far too many plugs for his own achievements and blog for me to think this was anything other than THAT Guy saying how awesome he is.
The book does have positive, most of the business advice and reference to other material (for example Ramit Sethi's I will teach you to be rich) shows effort and research. Systems, how business work and mostly the ideas behind a great company; even so, some of the material is outdated, like him mentioning willpower can be replenished by eating sugar.
THAT Guy says this is a starting point and with that I have to agree, having read and listened to other business books, this one is mediocre, not bad, but nothing new under the sun.
I will need to listen to it again, but there are many concepts Josh goes over in this book.
The way he comes across telling us about a personal MBA is full of stories that are very easily relatable.
This is much more a book on how to run a successful life, which ironically turns out as the way to run a successful business!!! #nicework
useful, engaging, succinct
This book is unlike most others I have read because it pulls the most essential qualities from other business books he has read. I'm working through his 99 books right now and The Personal MBA was a great place to begin
I wanted to, but time restrictions dictated otherwise. But whenever I had a spare moment, this was the book I went to.
If you are at all interested in business or becoming an entrepreneur, this book is virtually a must-read. Combine this with his list of 99 other books that can be found on his website, and you will have an MBA level education, for just a fraction of the price
The author spent 35 minutes selling the book and continuing on about the high cost of an MBA. However he never really talked about anything useful. I was already sold on the book and I had already purchased it. I didn't need 35 more minutes of selling. I gave up and started my next book
I really enjoyed the book and it's format. Very useful content, up to the point, simple examples. Make's it easy to listen to. Great job!
Great book. Very well written. Josh covers a lot of different topics in this book, which makes it a great introductory resource for learning how to become more productive. He references a lot of other good books which I otherwise would not have known existed. The only negative (and it is a minor one) is that a lot of the topics are mentioned superficially, however thanks to his references, it is easy to find more resources for a deeper dive. Would recommend this book to everyone.
I've toyed with the idea of getting my MBA for a while now and didn't want to make the financial and time commitment. I had a boss who told me once that if I put the same effort into my work as I would getting an MBA I'd be just as successful, if not more, but I still yearned for more training. This book was a good supplement. It's not completely actionable - meaning there's no defined curriculum or workbook that accompanies it to put things into motion, but I found the concepts and the suggestions for furthering my knowledge via other resources quite helpful. Josh did a great job narrating too. I always appreciate it when the author reads the story because you can hear their passion for the subject and that draws you in further - in my opinion.
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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