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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 Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real business.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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    Abraham Aguilar 01-04-15 Member Since 2015
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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.

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    Jus10 12-31-14
    Jus10 12-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Worth it for the recommended book list alone"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business to be better than the print version?

    Yes, Josh Kaufman (author/narrator) has a way of keeping it livelier than the print version. (I listened to it at 1.3X speed, might be too slow at normal speed)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Many good parts, my favorites were the business idea evaluation methods and the bureaucratic breakdown and communication sections.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book!

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    M. Kessler 12-28-14
    M. Kessler 12-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "An overview"

    Rather quick overview of a lot of simple topics, some more complex than others. It was a good intro that pulls a lot of things together. can't replace an mba as author agrees as it requires a lot of personal learning which this book offers a good start.

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    S. Seigel Planet Earth 11-22-14
    S. Seigel Planet Earth 11-22-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Good info, but not especially suited to audio"
    Where does The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd say it's in the low-middle. The author narrates and thus well understands his material. On the other hand, he's no voice actor and that costs him. I think Josh might have done a bit better to have practiced on some other materials for a few months to develop this skill. Voice acting is at least as hard as stage acting and much harder than routine public speaking or film/TV acting (because all you have to work with is your voice). The mistaken notion that it's as easy as reading your children a bedtime story is soundly disproven here. What confuses me is that ACX kind of showcases Josh as an author-narrator success story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the content. There are so many ideas that I can't choose one.


    What three words best describe Josh Kaufman’s voice?

    Sincere, idiosyncratic, unpolished


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

    No way. The delivery is encyclopedic and unsuited to my normal audiobook context: driving. It's more for sleepy time or perhaps quick, tip-of-the-day type listening at my desk.


    Any additional comments?

    Josh has the capacity to do this well--even professionally. I'd suggest he make an effort to do more acting work as well as radio interviews, podcasting, etc.. He also needs coaching from a spoken word accent and voice coach. I did such work in Korea, and I know firsthand how it can dramatically improve anyone's ability to speak with poise, engagement and polish.

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    Fitness Guy USA 11-07-14
    Fitness Guy USA 11-07-14 Member Since 2015

    I'm a personal trainer & a Registered Nurse. I own my own personal training studio, where I train a lot of clients w/ medical conditions :)

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    "Awesome book!!"
    Would you listen to The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business again? Why?

    Great book and he does a good job keeping your attention. I personally really liked how he referenced a lot of other great books which I've read.


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    Josh United States 09-25-14
    Josh United States 09-25-14 Member Since 2013

    I love memoirs and books on personal triumphs and business. I like to learn, be inspired and relax while listening to my books.

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    "Great business advice and great reading list"
    Where does The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Out of roughly 20 books on business that I have read I would easily say that The Personal MBA ranks in my top 5 books. Its a book I would listen to again, as well. However the book doesn't have completely groundbreaking ideas, nor does it proclaim to. It is a very solid compilation of lots of ideas from many very solid books. I would certainly recommend it.


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    blu 08-08-14
    blu 08-08-14
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    "Compact yet comprehensive."
    If you could sum up The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business in three words, what would they be?

    Although I do appreciate all that I've learned from my actual MBA, I can't deny the value of the well organized nuggets Josh provides here. His voice is at times annoying, but not completely so.


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    Propctek 08-07-14
    Propctek 08-07-14
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    "Excellent Book!!!"
    Where does The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Best book I have ever read regarding business and personal grow.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business?

    the whole book


    Have you listened to any of Josh Kaufman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


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

    yes.


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    Mother of a 5 yr old 07-24-14
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    "Must have reference book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business to be better than the print version?

    Yes, only because is was narrated by Josh himself


    What other book might you compare The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business to and why?

    To Brian Tracey's simpilfy your life


    Which character – as performed by Josh Kaufman – was your favorite?

    Josh


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Journey to success


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    Mike N Sweden 06-18-14
    Mike N Sweden 06-18-14
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    "Not an MBA, but a decent resource"
    Where does The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Above average


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

    No. For those concepts that were new, I needed time to digest them, and since there are no notes supplied with the audio version, listening too quickly can mean you lose focus.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I remember others commenting about this, but skip the first chapter (about an hour). It's basically just the author telling you how MBAs suck, and you should follow his method. Not really sure what the purpose of this is since if you're already listening to/reading that chapter, then you've already paid for his book.

    In general, it's a reasonable summary of a lot of concepts related to business and psychology. I'm sure MBAs are flawed - especially in the States where you need to go into so much debt to get one! - but this isn't comprehensive enough to replace one.

    What it does do is give you a good idea of whether you'd actually like to take an MBA or not, whether it's an area that interests you or would just waste your time, and if all you need is an overview, then this is probably the book for you. There's plenty of extra reading material recommended throughout the book as well, so you can supplement your reading in those areas that interest you.

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