16 February 2013

The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business

The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business6. The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business by Josh Kaufman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you're thinking of going back to school to get your MBA, read this book first. Kaufman's premise is that MBA programs are very expensive and teach outdated material. Unless you're going to a top tier school where its name on your degree will yield connections and ins to high finance, you don't need to accrue all that debt to learn what you need.

Kaufman started by compiling a reading list of the top 100 business books on his website, PersonalMBA.com. His book takes all the best pieces he learned and presents a high level overview of business in very readable language.

Each chapter is broken into many subsections, so you can read about a single concept in a couple of minutes. At the end of *every* section, he has a link to a specific page on his website about it. I found this annoying. I'd rather one link to his book's page that lets me explore from there instead of link after link after link in the book.

Even if you're not interested in business or entrepreneurship, I'd recommend the chapters "The Human Mind," "Working With Yourself," and "Working With Others" which are more about the psychology behind decision making with approaches to changing or adopting habits. You also might benefit from checking out the "Sales" chapter to understand what salespeople do and why it works, particularly the section on "Reciprocation."

There is an appendix full of book recommendations broken into various categories if you want to learn more. Another appendix lists 49 questions to help you assess how you're doing and approaching your life.

A handy resource.

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