The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business

The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business

The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business

Getting an MBA is a costly choice-one almost difficult to validate despite the state of the economy. Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton provide out-of-date, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint discussions and unnecessary monetary designs than exactly what it takes to run a genuine company. You can improve results (and save hundreds of thousands of dollars) by avoiding business school entirely.

Josh Kaufman founded PersonalMBA.com as an option

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  1. 218 of 240 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Greatly disappointed for myself – can see usefulness for others, July 26, 2012
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    John Markle (Bethel, CT, USA) –

    As someone who is opposed to higher education for the same reasons the author is against it, I was very excited to pick up The Personal MBA to feed my own opinion as well as learn from someone much more informed than me. After coming across the author’s blog I wanted to shout “hallelujah amen!” and shake his hand as he went on about the questionable economic sense of an MBA. When I was finally able to pick this book up and dedicate some time to it, I was very excited as I read through chapter one “Why read this book?”. However, I was greatly disappointed when I got about a quarter of the way into it and fully realized how shallow/limited of a view we were taking of each topic.

    In chapter one the author writes “The Personal MBA is a set of foundational business concepts that you can use to get things done. Reading this book will give you a firm foundation of business knowledge you can use to make things happen.” Unfortunately, I would take issue with the author’s claim that after reading this you will have a firm foundation in the topics covered. I felt that the book read more like a Spark Notes encyclopedia or dictionary and did not make me equipped to adequately think or apply any of the topics to my own professional life. It was as if there was a machine gun firing off all of these quick topics that followed the outline of casual story or comment and then one paragraph of depth. When I purchased this book, I was looking forward to more detail than the author presented and I think the first chapter does not adequately set the stage for what the author’s goal is.

    More examples could be given buy my intent here is not to berate the author. I simply would like to point out that if you have a fair amount of academic or practical business knowledge already, this book may not be as enlightening as you would like it to be. I will not discount my own fault here because I should have read more about the book rather than judged it by the title… shouldn’t I have learned that by now?

    On a side note, I would like to take some time to mention how impressed I am that the author has responded to many reviews here on Amazon, especially the negative reviews. In one of his responses he writes something that summarizes my feelings regarding this book excellently. I quote him in response to someone on a negative soapbox thinking MBA programs are the greatest thing since sliced bread:

    :Quote: “If a reader who isn’t familiar with business can learn the essentials in a few hours for a few dollars, the book is a worthwhile investment. For experienced readers, the value is conditional: it depends on your willingness to step back, reexamine your assumptions about how businesses work, and reconsider how you’re operating. The biggest barrier to learning something new is usually realizing you still have something to learn.” :Unquote:

    I cannot help but admire his response and I think it is a very valuable three sentences to read before purchasing this book. If you know nothing/little of business, this is going to be a great read for you. If you studied it in college and like to read business books on occasion, then I would say that spending visiting his blog with an open mind would be just as beneficial in the long run.

    At the end of the day, with well over 100 reviews and nearly 5 stars, many acolades from very successful business people, and a successful following on his blog, this book is not going to waste your time. I believe the author is challenging the status quo in a vocal, logical, and well thought out way and for that I wish him the best on his journey to convince people to self educate themselves. It is a powerful lesson that everyone can challenge themselves more on.

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  2. 46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Easily In My Top 5 for Business, June 19, 2011
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    I went to college and got a business degree, and was offered the opportunity to get a more advanced degree. I turned it down for several reasons:

    1. College is super expensive.
    2. Nobody seemed to care that I got my first degree.
    3. I was getting A’s, yet not learning anything and getting bored out of my mind.

    As someone who reads several business books a month, I’ve had a chance to peruse a lot of helpful material. On the top of the pile sits the Personal MBA.

    Kaufman makes a clear argument for personal education, which is everyone’s responsibility regardless of whether they are in college or not. From there, he discusses all the major points he has found up to the point of publishing this book that have helped shape his thoughts and become more productive in the corporate and self-employed environments.

    If you like reading and hate the fact that you can buy only one book to get all this great material, he includes a list of other useful business books so you can keep studying whatever you like.

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  3. 48 of 60 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Struggling to enjoy this., June 14, 2013
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    K. Rudd (Australia) –

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    To me, ‘The Personal MBA’ reads more like a series of blog posts, rather than a book.

    It doesn’t flow well, because after every point the author asks you to ‘share this concept’ online. By this, he means to click a link and share a webpage from his website. I find this extremely distracting, and it is interrupting my thought process and enjoyment of the book, to the point where I am contemplating returning it.

    I did a count of how many times you are asked to share a concept, and it is well over 100! (My Kindle-for-PC lost count after that.) In my opinion, this is kind of tacky, and something that I would expect from a 0.99 ebook, not a ‘real’ book for $9.99. It also shows little regard for the reader, by putting the author’s needs (promotion) ahead of the needs of his audience (to lose themselves in a good book.)

    A more subtle mention, maybe at the beginning and end of the book, would have been plenty.

    I’ve had two goes at reading it so far, and will try again, but unfortunately can’t seem to get into it. If I wanted to read something in this style, I would go online and read from blogs, not buy a book.

    For what it’s worth though, I am enjoying the author’s other book The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything . . . Fast!

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  4. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Surely this intro creates interest to buy the book., March 20, 2015
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    This review is from: 10 Management Models (Kindle Edition)
    Liked the thinking behind selection of models and the uniform conceptual structure for explaining the models. Some models within this intro seem very academic and irrelevant from a corporate use perspective. However, I bought the book and look forward to learning other models.

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