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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 Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real business.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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    Raoul Nijmegen, Netherlands 04-11-16
    Raoul Nijmegen, Netherlands 04-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "You alone can create your life!"

    Just read it and then read the book again! I loved the way the audio was put together, kept it fresh till the last word spoken!

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    Alvaro Ruiz Norwalk, CA, US 03-30-16
    Alvaro Ruiz Norwalk, CA, US 03-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book"

    Just what I was looking for. I'm so happy that I purchased this. Save your money and read this book!

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    Neko Israel 03-30-16
    Neko Israel 03-30-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Good overview, but not much new"

    As someone who has read a lot of manamgement books and worked in corporations this did not provide many new insights, but it is a very good summary of everything a person should know when starting or managing a small business.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "good ready"

    good book to read. I didn't like much the introduction but once you get pass that, the book was a good read.

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    Cyrus California, USA 03-28-16
    Cyrus California, USA 03-28-16
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    "Using the book to study for my MBA"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business to be better than the print version?

    My favorite audio-business book. I have made significant improvements in my time management as a result of what I have learned from Kaufman (including "most important tasks") and I am whizzing through my online MBA. I often cite the book in my course papers.


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    Justin 03-28-16
    Justin 03-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Unbelievably Good!"

    I am currently reading for my MBA. The material contained has provided the superframework within which i can place all the technical information I am learning from the MBA subject matter. It finally all makes sense. Thanks Josh Kaufman!

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    Robert 03-22-16
    Robert 03-22-16
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    "excellent reference and read"

    I love the principles of self education, especially in lieu of an MBA or pricey schools. Josh has provided tons of resources and a sort of cliff notes on general business ideas and metrics. I love the quick twitter style download of information - small bytes of information. This book I will read again, and keep it close for reference.

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    Shawn Compton 03-12-16
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    "Good starting point for a business education"

    Good starting point for a business education. Too many concepts. This book would serve as a good outline for us where to begin learning about business.

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    Andy 03-11-16
    Andy 03-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it, saved me money!"

    Tons of great tips for anyone in any stage of business ownership. The author gives hundreds of good ideas and refers to source material for in depth study. Take notes!

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    R. Smith MN United States 03-11-16
    R. Smith MN United States 03-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Both business and practical. A favorite."

    I have the book and the audio book, and have read and listened them. I really like the book because it's very practical and usable. It's a distillation of important business lessons. Also see "Street Smarts", a similar book that complements this book.

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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.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Shilon
    7/31/15
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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?

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    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
  • Mr. Owen Ashby
    UK
    9/27/16
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    "Should be compulsory reading"

    a well crafted, well structured, easily accessible reference. A great find and resource. I will return to it often.

    0 of 0 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

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