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 Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real business.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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I will preface by saying I didn't finish this book. I enjoyed learning a more compact set of rules for starting a business, but the last third of this book focuses on things unrelated to the actual components of running a business. I have read or heard of most of the principles he covers in the last third and was not looking to listen to another few hours of those same principles; I started reading this book to learn more about business and the things I may not know about running one (finances, legal, etc.) since I will not be paying for business school.
This is not to say that others will not enjoy this book. The information is valuable if you haven't heard it before, just don't expect the entirety of this book to only be about business operations.
Narrated well and covered everything i expected it to. haven't done a proper MBA and am so glad I didn't. Thanks Josh.
Excellent. Listening for the second time as soon as I finished it. Way more than just business, this book gives you insight into taking control of your life
Well written! Clearly expressed every thought with no more and no less words than needed. I will listen to this one at least another couple of times to absorb more of the material. I'm looking forward to it.
Josh did a great job of writing and narrating this book. I rely on this and additional references to obtain self education that I plan to use for a successful business in the future. It's also great information for my current position with a large company.
I've never been to business school but just from being out doing things in life trying to find something that works I feel this book in ways was what it tried not to be. He repeated him self often name dropped a lot and told me concepts I feel im ready knew so why did I like it this guy understands the things I am most of us know better than we do he will break it down and really help you get a grasp on some real fundamental concepts
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.
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