The Personal MBA

The Personal MBA : Master the Art of Business

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Master the fundamentals, hone your business instincts, and save a fortune in tuition. The consensus is clear: MBA programs are a waste of time and money. Even the elite schools offer outdated assembly-line educations about profit-and-loss statements and PowerPoint presentations. After two years poring over sanitized case studies, students are shuffled off into middle management to find out how business really works. Josh Kaufman has made a business out of distilling the core principles of business and delivering them quickly and concisely to people at all stages of their careers. His blog has introduced hundreds of thousands of readers to the best business books and most powerful business concepts of all time. In The Personal MBA, he shares the essentials of sales, marketing, negotiation, strategy, and much more. True leaders aren't made by business schools-they make themselves, seeking out the knowledge, skills, and experiences they need to succeed. Read this book and in one week you will learn the principles it takes most people a lifetime to more

Product details

  • Hardback | 402 pages
  • 162.56 x 231.14 x 38.1mm | 612.35g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1591843529
  • 9781591843528
  • 59,651

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"I've run across few people who conceptually 'grok' how to get things done better than Josh Kaufman." -David Allen, author of Getting Things Done "File this book under NO EXCUSES. After you've read it, you won't be open to people telling you that you're not smart enough, not insightful enough, or not learned enough to do work that matters. Josh takes you on a worthwhile tour of the key ideas in business." -Seth Godin, author of Linchpin "No matter what they tell you, an MBA is not essential. If you combine reading this book with actually trying stuff, you'll be far ahead in the business game." -Kevin Kelly, founding executive editor, Wired, and author of What Technology Wants "A creative, breakthrough approach to business education. I have an MBA from a top business school, and this book helped me understand business in a whole new way." -Ali Safa vi, executive director of international sales and distribution, The Walt Disney Company "An absolutely amazing book! I'm highly recommending this to all creative types, for the best overview of the modern business mind-set they need." -Derek Sivers, founder, CD Baby, "Josh has synthesized the most important topics in business into a book that truly lives up to its title. It's rare to find complicated concepts explained with such clarity. Highly recommended." -Ben Casnocha, author of My Start-Up Life "An enterprising and thrifty way to hack business school. This is a fantastic resource for motivated autodidacts looking to get into business." -Gina Trapani, founding editor,, and author of Upgrade Your Lifeshow more

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12,251 ratings
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Our customer reviews

I read this book expecting to read more about common concepts in business schools, and instead, I got basic definitions of words like "profit" and "power" and "automation". While this book may be ideal for complete newcomers to business, it doesn't outline any new or (I would argue) any challenging concepts that are unique to business school. In fact, most of the information in this book is common sense. I've started skimming the book because I no longer find it useful to read the details between bold-faced main points. They are irrelevant or unnecessary. The book is an excellent compilation of terms - more like a business dictionary than anything else. But even still, most of the definitions don't need to be researched - they are pretty obvious overall!show more
by Brady Paron
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