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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 Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real business.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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Can't get self-entitilement of the first chapter

What did you like best about The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business? What did you like least?

I'm a very open minded person, but also a very busy person. Time is important; life is short. I just spent 20 minutes listening to the author talk in a clipped voice about why he's qualified to write this book, why he's an outlier, why he's special, why one career experience with one employer gives him credo, etc. Ok, so maybe there are many other career experiences or insights to follow but I honestly can't deal with the ego trip and can only ask the author to please get outside of himself if he wants to connect with people (or settle in for a few years and see what life is like, then write from a sincere place). I'm giving some rating as there are likely good things to follow as promised by author. Yet I can't quite get past this point on audio. Perhaps a hard copy to flip through is the best format for this book.

25 of 42 people found this review helpful

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What disappointed you about The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business?

I did not get the impression that the author had much practical experience he could draw from.

Would you ever listen to anything by Josh Kaufman again?

Probably not.

Would you be willing to try another one of Josh Kaufman’s performances?

No

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

No.

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Very Helpful and Educational

One of the easiest reads over ever read for a business book. Very intelligent. Josh obviously did his research!!

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Good book!

Easy to use, we'll organized, and very helpful. I'm going into business, but my background is in science. This gives me more confidence I will be able to learn what I need to.

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Good primer

Excellent book for an overview of business. I love the inclusion of the discussion on systems. Thanks Josh!

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Some ah-ha moments that were valuable

i liked it, but I did find myself phasing out throughout it. it only takes one good point to make a book worthwhile - this had a few for me.

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Great book

Great guide for my journey through the world of business. I liked the simple explanations and the quotes

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Excellent book

I enjoyed and find great source of business learning and understanding at this book..also I upgrade my knowledge in a real competitive short run and I feel my abilities to solve problem and take decisions has maximized I am so proude to find my self know and even practise what took 2 years to understand at the MBA and I am so proude because I have learned even better from them...Many thanks to the writer

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Great if you know absolutely nothing about business

Josh is great, delivering common business sense & information. This is a great way to dip your big toe into business to see if it’s for you

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Unfocused

This book feels like it’s just a random collection of blog posts. If you are reading a lot of business books, skip this one. If you only read one... I guess this one wouldn’t be that bad.

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  • GudGurl
  • 03-31-16

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.

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  • Alev Haddadieh
  • 12-30-15

Simplified face of the MBA

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

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  • Charlie
  • 06-05-15

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!

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  • Andrew Ebling
  • 01-15-15

Very useful and full of great advice

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

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  • Nicolai
  • 11-05-13

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.

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  • Graham
  • 04-13-13

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.

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  • Khaled Al Marei
  • 10-17-13

Simple still very resourceful!

What made the experience of listening to The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business the most enjoyable?

The book uses a simple way to present what business is about without getting into too much details.Very rich with inspiring examples and very well read.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-30-17

Best thing I have read

This book is amazing. I have just purchased the hard copy as well. Buy this. You will not be disappointed. I am learning so much. Can't rate it highly enough

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  • Franco
  • 03-22-17

Nice Summary

A really straightforward and nice way to ingest what is otherwise a dry topic. Concise narration by the author, easy to focus on. Provides a good overview of general business basics, an introduction for some and a refresher for others. Doesn't bog you down either a minutiae of detail or over explain principles. Enjoyable and recommended. Thank you.

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  • ajacdoyle
  • 03-11-17

Major Disappointment

This book starts by arguing that MBAs are a waste of money and then provides no learning to justify why this book is a suitable alternative.

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  • Abdul Abu
  • 03-07-17

Great intro resource

What made the experience of listening to The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business the most enjoyable?

Concise and to the point. I like his direct approach.

What did you like best about this story?

Covered a good range of topics.

Any additional comments?

This is a great way to get a glimpse of the business world. Highly recommend it for anyone in, or interested in moving into, an organisational management position.

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  • Enrico Susatyo
  • 02-28-17

Good but quite basic

Not a bad book, but quite basic. If you've read Clayton Christensen's books, no need to buy this one. There's some weird new age section in the middle of the book.

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  • Richard
  • 02-24-17

Very engaging with extremely valuable insights

Before embarking on my own MBA, I was determined to explore what was available to learn about business without the phenomenal cost attached to formal study. For this, The Personal MBA is an absolute staple - packed with extremely valuable insights presented in a highly accessible and credible manner. Whether or not you go on to do an actual MBA, this book stands in its own right as a must-read for anyone working in, dealing with or creating a business.

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  • Jordan Thomas
  • 02-21-17

Amazing

Exceptional content. Also really well written and narrated. Didn't want to stop listening to it.

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  • Cameron
  • 02-20-17

well thought out and explained, covered so much

covered more than expected. was good to listen to whilst driving., i could relate to alot that is talking about

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  • Liam
  • 01-29-17

Absolutely Eye Opening

I am a carpenter learning as much as I can about business to further excell my career and prepare myself for any opportunities that arise in the future. This book covers many areas of business, from accounting, sales and tax, through to hiring good staff, productivity of employees, advertising and meassuring the results of advertising. It opens your eyes up to things we don't allow for in calculating different things.

But the thing I liked the most was he explained exactly what a business actually IS. Most people know what a business IS and DOES, but the way he explains how the system works, that when the penny dropped for me.

Suitable for people on the beginning of their self education journey, the young entrepreneur right through to business executives. Enjoy :)

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  • Kieran
  • 01-23-17

Inspiring and Informative

Listening to this book has certainly revived my drove to build my own business. it has introduced me to many great ideas and a provided some new understanding for the way people think.