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 Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real business.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
it's a book of concepts. one after the other. if you have to make notes, you will be making notes on every single sentence. there is some technical stuff but a huge part of it is understanding how your mind works. I believe the technical stuff you learn here is a great blueprint to 'talk the talk' while the other stuff that deals with how your mind works will apply to every facet of your life.. a must read for anyone
This is one of those books that will require many, many listens to get the full amount of info. I'm learning that books like these are just better suited for reading rather than audio. Overall great stuff in this book, will be listening 2-3 more times.
Yes. I really like that I am able to listen to this while doing other activities. I found that on the second time listening, I can increase the speed and finish the book quicker while still getting all the information.
This is a unique read to me.
I have not. It was a little slow for me, but good if I was taking notes.
No, but I did have quite a few "A-Ha" moments.
The Personal MBA can truly shorten your learning curve in the area of business. It touches on every major aspect of business. I definitely recommend this book for those who are already busy with business, but haven't gone to business school. In the end the education that truly sticks, is the one you give yourself, and this book is one of the many that can help you on your way to another level in your business skills.
Helped me apply many concepts taught in my MBA program. Pretty dry read in some parts, as expected. I suggest speeding this book up 2.5 to 3x while listening or else it will take you forever and a day to finish.
this is a long book and throws a lot of vocabulary at you. the author suggests many othr books to read and summarizes what he got out of them, so that is beneficial. the author does seem very proud of himself and his consulting business.
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!
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.
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.
Boring, lack of innovative ideas, first chapter is just of criticism of MBA, highly disappointed
"Should be compulsory reading"
a well crafted, well structured, easily accessible reference. A great find and resource. I will return to it often.
"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!
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