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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 Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real business.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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Why waste time & money on a top tier Exec-MBA?

Very dense. Each bullet point is a springboard to further studies, unless you're already competent on that point. Also a good refresher across multiplicity of skills required to manage. Reminded of things I knew but had forgotten.

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This is great!

I learned lot of things here. Practical lessons from business operations to strategizing and a lot more business wisdom.

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Concise, informative, and easy to understand

Good book, definitely recommend it. Lots of information that I needed and lots of information that confirmed what I knew but was unsure if it applied to me. Thanks Josh.

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simplifying a complicated world

the books is written by a genius whose genuine goal is to let potential business people to learn the world of business in its simplest form yet on point and useful. thanks!

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Too many words, not enough substance

I agree with the idea that it is not necessary to get an MBA to be successful, and was expecting to hear practical information that would actually help me improve my own skills and knowledge, but at a minimum the first two chapters of this book are all about how the author researched and wrote the book and a bunch of examples of why the MBA is not necessary. I'm not sure I want to finish it, I've heard the exact same thing with different words for over an hour. All that waiting for something to happen is exhausting.
The performance is on the other hand, very good, not boring at all. If I survive the rest of the book and like the next chapters I'll update this review.

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superior

Superior distillation of the essence of business knowledge and provides a terrific overview. Great refresher or introduction. Does not replace the traditional MBA.

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DO NOT BUY!! A BUNCH OF MUM-BO-JUM-BO!!

I Hate This Book!! Just a bunch of mum-bo-jum-bo! It's stuff they bore you with in school!

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Excellent work.

Josh Kaufman's work has helped me a guy whom did not know anything about business gain a working knowledge that enables me to have confidence in starting my own enterprise. I will listen and read regularly to burn these models of effective business practice in my long term memory.

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Great index!

This is a very good summary of what you should know to lead a business. The best part of it is that it recommends other books to get deeper where you are interested.

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good business overview

I found myself spacing out every once in a while. but overall it worth my time.