I came across the website personalmba a few years back and for almost a year or two tried to read only the books from personal MBA reading list. The personal MBA blog was started by Josh Kaufman in 2005 with a bold manifesto that “MBA programs don’t have a monopoly on advanced business knowledge; you can teach yourself everything you need to know to succeed in life and at work.”
The basic idea is that through self-education you can gain the knowledge you need to succeed in business. The knowledge is available at a very less cost through books that cost on average $20. You need to know which books to read and that is where personal mba comes in. It provides you a reading list called the personal mba recommended reading list which has 99 books broken down into various categories likes Sales, Finance & Accounting, Behavior change, Project management etc.,
As I mentioned before, I used to pick only the books from this list and had set up an Amazon wish list from this reading list. I also used to maintain a mind map that someone built and add my reviews of the books I completed to this mind map. This was before Josh Kaufman released his first book, “The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business”. I eagerly waited for his book and when I saw it Barnes & Noble, I read a few chapters, found it boring and did not buy it.
Maybe that was the reason for my losing interest in the personal mba reading list or maybe I found this list stagnant and instead chose to read only newly released books. Whatever maybe the reason, I stopped visiting this website but for a long time I was getting emails from the personal mba newsletter regarding Josh Kaufman’s training and also about his next book, “The First 20 hours: How to Learn Anything..Fast”. I again sampled this book and read some reviews that were highly negative and decided to not buy this book.
Anyhow, there is a lot of following for Josh Kaufman. He is the real-deal and even though I did not follow through or lost interest, Josh’s story is very impressive and his credentials are excellent. His website is very popular and so are his books. On his website, Josh Kaufman claims that his “work has saved prospective students millions of dollars in unnecessary tuition, fees and interest by providing an effective, affordable, and debt-free method of learning fundamental business principles.”
So, there is value with this alternative to spending lot of money pursuing a traditional MBA course. After writing this blog post, I am planning to go check some of the updated books from the reading list and decide to pick a book or two myself. I hope you check the personal mba website and decide for yourself whether this is something that you would be interested to pursue.
Thanks for reading and have a great day!