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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 Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real business.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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Loved it, saved me money!

Tons of great tips for anyone in any stage of business ownership. The author gives hundreds of good ideas and refers to source material for in depth study. Take notes!

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Both business and practical. A favorite.

I have the book and the audio book, and have read and listened them. I really like the book because it's very practical and usable. It's a distillation of important business lessons. Also see "Street Smarts", a similar book that complements this book.

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I love this book!

This book is perfect to get a grasp on what it takes to make a successful business. I highly recommend it!

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Totally engaging...

Loved the narration and sound effects between sections. Book is well written. Narration is delivered with emotion and passion.
Some sections could have been expanded upon, but then it would have made for a very long book. Author provides book references for those instances. Offers a good balance between introducing a topic and explaining a topic in exhaustive detail.

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What a great communicator!!

I will need to listen to it again, but there are many concepts Josh goes over in this book.
The way he comes across telling us about a personal MBA is full of stories that are very easily relatable.
This is much more a book on how to run a successful life, which ironically turns out as the way to run a successful business!!! #nicework

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A gateway to even more knowledge

If you could sum up The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business in three words, what would they be?

useful, engaging, succinct

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

This book is unlike most others I have read because it pulls the most essential qualities from other business books he has read. I'm working through his 99 books right now and The Personal MBA was a great place to begin

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

himself

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

I wanted to, but time restrictions dictated otherwise. But whenever I had a spare moment, this was the book I went to.

Any additional comments?

If you are at all interested in business or becoming an entrepreneur, this book is virtually a must-read. Combine this with his list of 99 other books that can be found on his website, and you will have an MBA level education, for just a fraction of the price

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Best of the best

you never find a short time to get must of the MBA on the go.

thank you Josh Kaufman.

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I gave it 35 minutes then gave up

The author spent 35 minutes selling the book and continuing on about the high cost of an MBA. However he never really talked about anything useful. I was already sold on the book and I had already purchased it. I didn't need 35 more minutes of selling. I gave up and started my next book

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One of the best books on business!

I really enjoyed the book and it's format. Very useful content, up to the point, simple examples. Make's it easy to listen to. Great job!

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Great introductory book

Great book. Very well written. Josh covers a lot of different topics in this book, which makes it a great introductory resource for learning how to become more productive. He references a lot of other good books which I otherwise would not have known existed. The only negative (and it is a minor one) is that a lot of the topics are mentioned superficially, however thanks to his references, it is easy to find more resources for a deeper dive. Would recommend this book to everyone.