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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 Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real business.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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    Paula Tipton 10-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic business learning opportunity"

    This book was well written, sectioned, and narrated. It is a great bit of wisdom and provides great ideas for action...here's to hoping I can implement the lessons! This is a must read for business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

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    Amazon Customer 10-01-15
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    "This is not just a personal MBA"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eddy Martinez 09-22-15
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    "It's not about skipping college..."

    It's about learning and being most effective with time and resources.

    Encouraging and full of good information. Will listen to repeatedly.

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    joey 09-15-15
    joey 09-15-15
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    "Thoroughly informative. concise and to the point."

    Narrated well and covered everything i expected it to. haven't done a proper MBA and am so glad I didn't. Thanks Josh.

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    luks0r San Diego, CA 09-09-15
    luks0r San Diego, CA 09-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Business and more"

    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

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    Jeffrey A. Miller Marysville, OH United States 09-04-15
    Jeffrey A. Miller Marysville, OH United States 09-04-15
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    "Incredibly clear and concise"

    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.

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    E Shane Cosby 09-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great resource!"

    long but worth the time, especially when you compare the alternative. methods for acquiring these insights

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    snowsummer 09-01-15
    snowsummer 09-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Well said"

    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.

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    Kris Whalley 08-26-15
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    "Feel I knew a lot of it"

    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

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    marco 08-04-15
    marco 08-04-15
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    "Excellent book!!"

    An in depth, well organized and extreamly well delivered study of the systems and mechanics that compile the " world of bisuness" as we know it.

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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.

    13 of 17 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
  • Mr. Owen Ashby
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    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
  • GudGurl
    Leeds, UK
    3/31/16
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    "Perfect for small and large business owners alike."

    I'll be reading this book at least once a year to keep on top of the main concepts. I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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