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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 Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real business.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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    Jim Clayton 02-12-15
    Jim Clayton 02-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great info"

    There is a lot of great information in this book. It helped take a failing business to making profit again just by following the principals.

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    Weaam B. 02-08-15
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    "Basic business ideas"

    The book is a collection of ideas in different business domains, some of it are useful, many so basic, but it is not waste of time to read it once you will find couple of things you missed or forget

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    K F. 02-07-15
    K F. 02-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great broad content."

    Josh did a great job at providing a very broad overview of many concepts and topics that are crucial to being successful in business and in life. Coupled with many references to sources I found this an extremely valuable audiobook.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MouthpieceMedia 02-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Long and lumbering, but some excellent wisdom."

    I found this to be a great primer and almost an encyclopedia, both in scope and delivery, of the modern business person. There is an incredible wealth of practical and theoretical info. I don't know that this could be substituted or anything close for an MBA, as the concepts are more aligned with modern solopreneurs who are building medium sized businesses online and in person, as opposed to large corporate and Enterprise entities. That said, there is some good information about how any size business works, from supply chain to understanding how to improve and optimize. I definitely recommend the book, just be prepared for a long and, at times, dull read / listen.

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    Harrison Crum 02-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "GREAT Overview"

    This was a great book and I'm really impressed with the author. What an inspiration. He is only a few years older than me and has already learned so much. Two thumbs up for Josh Kaufman.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Petar 02-03-15
    Petar 02-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "So dull & boring"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This a text book, and just fact after fact after dull bloody fact. I stopped after 20 mins, and switched to The Wolf of Wall Street.


    What was most disappointing about Josh Kaufman’s story?

    The lack of storyline, no examples to support his arguments. And it stops every 2 mins.


    Any additional comments?

    Avoid buying the audio version, just buy the paperback version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    manaf 02-01-15
    manaf 02-01-15 Member Since 2014

    I am a plastic surgeon by profession A father by heart A trader by choice A teacher by passion A child by curiosity

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    "you can spend your credit on this one"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    it is overall a good book with some practical principles you can use


    If you’ve listened to books by Josh Kaufman before, how does this one compare?

    definitely better than the first 20 hours which was a total waste


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes


    Was The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business worth the listening time?

    yes


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    Jeff 02-01-15
    Jeff 02-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Business Read"

    I enjoyed the thorough review of important business concepts. Josh did a great job being concise with each topic. I could have used some additional examples as I digested each concept. I had to pause and ponder the topics more pertinent to me. That is okay because it is part of learning. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to expand their business knowledge and understanding. The chapters and topics covered were thorough.

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    joe 01-06-15
    joe 01-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "good read"

    I believe if you are starting out this is a great example for a foundation in business practices and a general idea of how a business operations work from day to day in a simple form..

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    Abraham Aguilar 01-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Straightforward and informative"

    I was a little appreciative on these type of self help books, but this made me a believer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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