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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 Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real business.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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    Simon Yoder 01-07-16
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    "Outstanding Book"
    What did you love best about The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business?

    I read this book upon recommendation of a friend. It brought so much more value than I originally thought that it would!!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, Defintly


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Juuso 01-03-16
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    "Good book"

    Book was a really good book. Did cover lot of stuff. Useful as well. It was in conveniently put in to correct sized peaces.

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    Marg Dunnington 01-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "After reading review had high expectation"
    What would have made The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business better?

    IF he had his MBA


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Non fiction. I chose this book because of the subject, I read the reviews prior to making a choice. Dry material


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His dry presentation and did not agree with his view.


    What character would you cut from The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business?

    The author and narrator


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Corpus Christi, TX, United States 12-15-15
    Robert Corpus Christi, TX, United States 12-15-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A Must Read for Business Newbies"
    If you could sum up The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business in three words, what would they be?

    Great Business Primer


    Any additional comments?

    If you are easily intimidated by business, this book will help you get over your fear. Josh Kaufman clearly explains complicated business concepts and makes them easy to understand. It is definitely a must read for anyone who is new to business. If I would've found this book years ago, it would've saved me from 1000 problems I've had over the years. It covers everything from product development to marketing in detail. But most importantly, it defines commonly used business terms in everyday language.


    I highly recommend this book for anyone who is new to business and is struggling to understand it all.

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    John Leonard 12-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Not nearly long enough to be considered an MBA"

    Not nearly long enough to be considered an MBA equivalent. Great for exposure to general ideas, but lacks comprehensive details. It's more about encouraging personal business learning.

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    alan 12-05-15
    alan 12-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "worthwhile read"

    the author was easy to listen to and understand. I was disappointed the book ended, will listen to again

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    John New York 12-03-15
    John New York 12-03-15
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    "Awesome content. Really enjoyed this audiobook!"

    Loved listening to this book. Really great content that is applicable regardless of the field of business you are involved in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gabriel Dibble Los Angeles 12-01-15
    Gabriel Dibble Los Angeles 12-01-15 Member Since 2014

    Never stop learning!

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    "All encompassing"

    A true wealth of information that spreads across the spectrum of business and personal advice to help elevate your overall acumen

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    atomikn00b 10-29-15
    atomikn00b 10-29-15
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    "Gets to the point."

    Though you won't master business administration with this book alone, it accomplishes exactly what it set out to do: give a relatively detailed overview of all you need.

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    Vincent 10-07-15
    Vincent 10-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very good book!
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    I learned a lot. Amazing book. Should have part 2. I had a lots of fun.

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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.

    15 of 20 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?

    N/A


    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
  • Héloïse
    12/13/16
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    "Boring"

    Boring, lack of innovative ideas, first chapter is just of criticism of MBA, highly disappointed

    0 of 0 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

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