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 Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real business.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

I've been looking at a lot of different business material, trying to find the best option. This book turned out to be a surprise for me. Incredibly insightful and lots of every day use practice information in here. Have to go through it several times to even digest all of it. Although the beginning is a little rough it feels more like he's trying to convince you to read the book and then it actually has anything to do with the information in the book. Besides that, it's incredibly useful.

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Refreshingly Informative

With so many "business books" being little more than a one-night- stand pep talk about goals and to-do lists, The Personal MBA is a refreshing and insightful work into the core structure, psychology, and mechanics of business.
Any one at any level in business aspiring to do more or even maintain what you have better should use this work as a start and source for future development.

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One of the best synopsis yet written on Business.

Vividly written and aptly covers most topics of business management studies. I highly recommend this book to all looking for revising their MBA education, or wanting to build skills before a proper full time MBA Programme.

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The concepts are good, but the book is too preachy

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

You'll like this book if you enjoy lots of really simple examples.

Has The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business turned you off from other books in this genre?

I am still interested in business books, I just don't like this author.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Josh Kaufman?

No.

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

The author.

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This book is painful because of the constant onslaught of dumb examples.

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Loved it! Was well worth the investment.

Be sure to take notes and rehash material! Definitely a few techniques worth putting into your personal repertoire.

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Brilliant, exceeded expectations

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He's a true scholar, and he obviously put a lot of work in to this book/product. I have the ebook and the audiobook.

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Couldn't stomach it any longer

Ok, we get it, there is a glut of MBAs out there. I just got back from my 10 year college reunion. At one point, a group of eight old friends were standing around drinking beer when we realized that all but one of us had an MBA (the odd man out had a masters in systems engineering). I thought this would be a good book to listen to every once in a while as a reminder to make sure I'm still taking an appropriately holistic view of my own business decisions. I thought that listening to the concepts while having some real world business problems in my head might generate some ah ha moments. But after listening to the author rant for 45 minutes about what a waste of money MBAs are, I just couldn't finish. Know your audience. We already bought the book; we already accepted the premise. Now get to the point!

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  • Steve
  • Las Vegas, NV, United States
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WELL-ROUNDED and THOROUGHLY THOUGHT

I loved the message of learning by doing, and how practical experience is a better teacher than any classroom.

The outline of the book covered many vital areas in great depth.

The narration was enjoyable, so much so, I went through this book in two days... and I'm ready to go back through it again.

I enjoyed how well organized the material was presented.

While some examples were regurgitations from other books, and many of the stories have been told and retold throughout the years, I still feel this is a book everyone interested in business must have.

... but don't just have it on your library..

Read it.
Listen to it.
Absorb it.
Digest it.
Apply it.
Learn it.
Live it.

I love it!

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  • Shane
  • Lewisburg, PA, United States
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Excellent!

The stories used throughout the book were excellent as they were all interesting and clearly conveyed each point. The information was very clear with wonderful examples showing how each point can be implemented. In particular, the examples of what has not worked and why were especially helpful. I highly recommend this book.

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Great information and references, easy to learn

very easy to learn more about the business world. Very educational with references to more learning. Thank you.