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The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business Audiobook

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 Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real business.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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    Ethan Dazelle 03-02-15 Member Since 2014

    I love books and love talking about books. Hope my reviews are helpful!

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    "Useful Business and Elsewhere"

    Kaufman is a talented writer, but his true talent, if one can call it a talent, is being hungry for knowledge and tenaciously pursuing it to his benefit and others. In this book, we are given many reasons for becoming eternal, self driven learners, not only of methods to improve our businesses, but also our minds and our attitudes. Through real life example and through his many reading recommendations, the author has compiled a text that assuredly imparts useful techniques and methods, but is most valuable as a tantalizing look into how reframing problems and research in business and lifestyle can be immensely rewarding, as it certainly seems to have been for Kaufman.

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    Fred 03-01-15
    Fred 03-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Explendid"

    I loved listening to this audio book. I'll certainly revisit it in a few months to imprint the concepts in me.
    The narration is clear and easy to follow. A job well done, writing and narrating this book.
    I found many moments really great, I can't point a single one as favorite.
    Highly recommended!

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    Martin 02-28-15
    Martin 02-28-15
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    "Great insight"

    Great insight on business and entrepreneurship. Really helped open my eyes to the important parts of business and personal life.

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    Jonathan 02-22-15
    Jonathan 02-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "So good I'll listen again"

    Not what I expected, I was expecting a flurry of equations and financial theory. This was more helpful from a practical outlook.

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    Cassie 02-22-15
    Cassie 02-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great business information"

    Great Business information in a concise precise presentation. I recommend this book to anyone who was bored in the classroom but likes business.

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    Ben Horgen 02-20-15
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    "The "Rework" of MBA concepts"

    Kaufman reads the book like only an author can. His passion for the content is evident in the performance. The chapters are concise and yet very in-depth. Well worth the read.

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    Trevor Schulte 02-19-15
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    "Too long, too much common sense material"

    Intro took too long. Wish there was more finance related information. Lot of common sense material. Found to be boring overall.

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    Asaf 02-16-15
    Asaf 02-16-15 Member Since 2015

    Personal Development Fanatic :)

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    "great book"

    this book is full with partical how tos and so many knowledge.

    from the first episode to the last the book doesn't slow its pace and in general i received so many good ideas.

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    A. Johnson Tucson, Az USA 02-16-15
    A. Johnson Tucson, Az USA 02-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great read"

    This book meet my expectations. I will have it on my desk and refer to it often. The chapter on building a team was my favorite.

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    P. Leveraas Oslo, Norway 02-15-15
    P. Leveraas Oslo, Norway 02-15-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Excellent, thorough piece of work!"

    An exceptional book that I will listen to again and also get the print version for later reference. The author has read and squeezed the essence of a remarkable number of books on our behalf.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Stephen
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    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.

    10 of 13 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
  • Amazon Customer
    Kent, United Kingdom
    12/30/15
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    "Simplified face of the MBA"

    This book is really simply excellent. It explains the most complicated subject areas with a simplified aproach.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie
    6/5/15
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    "Good all round book"

    I got used to Josh Kauffmans slightly tinny recording after a while & didn't mind it. The book certainly covers the basics of business and introduces you to some good terms/ lingo. I'd recommend to anyone just starting out in business or interested to find out a bit about running one. Not so much for those who've been in business for a while- although there are some little bits of inspiration in there that might get your creative juices flowing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew Ebling
    1/15/15
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    "Very useful and full of great advice"

    Really enjoyed listening to The Personal MBA; loads of great ideas, advice & memorable illustrations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nicolai
    Denmark
    11/5/13
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    "Waste of time"
    What disappointed you about The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business?

    First 1/3 part of this audio book is mostly a waste of time. It's a very basic overview of some complicated tasks you'll meet in business live.

    This can't really serve as much more than a index card for what you need to learn - anyhow that is also the point of the book: don't waste many years in school and spend all your money learning these topics, when you can learn them from books.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Graham
    Dublin 6W, Ireland
    4/13/13
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    "Very useful book"

    I really liked this book. The premis is that students of MBA courses all over the world are increasingly getting themselves into serious and sometimes life long debt when everything that they study on such courses is available elsewhere for free - or for a very small relative cost. Having made this point the author goes on to give high level overviews of the major subjects in business, and includes some useful observations on personal management and development. It is easy to listen to, very clearly and concisely written and I would recommend it to both business students and practitioners.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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