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How to Give Yourself a Personal MBA (in 6 months)

Hi friends,

I am sharing some resources that I believe will be of impact on your life.

Yes, as the title says, to you can gain a personal MBA in 6 months, just follow my guide and read the following books below. Trust me: You can get 90% of the knowledge from reading books (and without spending $150k). So, I put together a 6-month personal MBA for you.

The 6-month curriculum is 12 books (you’ll read 2 books every month).

Subjects covered are Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Accounting/Finance, Personal Finance, Marketing, Operations, Systems Thinking, Public Speaking, Negotiation, Networking, Leadership and Productivity/Effectiveness.

You need to read the books below to give you a Personal MBA (in 6 months). Let’s go!

Zero to One by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters 

Subject: Strategy

• Escape competition
• Contrarian approaches to create value
• Go from “0 to 1,” not “from 1 to n”


The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

Subject: Entrepreneurship

• Build minimum viable products
• When in doubt, simplify
• Win by getting feedback + learning fast


Financial Intelligence by Karen Berman, Joe Knight, John Case

Subject: Accounting/Finance

• Learn to read financial statements (​​Income, Balance Sheet, Cash Flow)
• Fund projects based on expected ROI


I Will Teach You to Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

Subject: Personal Finance

• Get clear about your ‘Rich Life’
• Save and invest money before you ever see it
• Create an automated money system


The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries and Jack Trout

Subject: Marketing

• Perception is reality
• Own a word/category to boost brand
• Follow the 22 law checklist


The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt

Subject: Operations

• Identify and exploit bottlenecks
• Increase net profit + increase ROI + increase cash flow


Thinking in Systems by Donella Meadows

Subject: Systems Thinking

• To change any system, focus on 12 points of leverage • Purposes are deduced from behaviour, not words • Create feedback loops


Steal the Show by Michael Port

Subject: Public Speaking

• Cut out filler words by practising material
• Use pauses for impact
• Act “as if” to build confidence


Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss

Subject: Negotiation

Lessons: • Prepare your best-alternative-option in advance
• Let your counterpart make the first offer
• Be prepared for extremes • Ask open-ended questions


How to Be a Power Connector by Judy Robinett

Subject: Networking

• Your network is your net worth
• Choose your environment wisely (find power centres)
• Build depth and diversity in your network
• Follow the 5+50+100 Rule


Teams of Teams by General Stanley A. McChrystal

Subject: Leadership

• The world is complex and chaotic
• Resiliency and adaptability are crucial to success
• Leaders create more leaders, not followers


The Almanack of Naval Ravikant by Eric Jorgenson

Subject: Productivity and Effectiveness

• Money and happiness are skills
• Productize yourself
• A good reputation is invaluable
• Play long-term iterated games, compound your growth
• And much, much more…


I hope you will devote your time to the 6-month personal MBA resources above? Say a big thank you to Ben Meer on Twitter for curating them.

Get access to all the 12 books curated for you in a Google Drive folder – Get it Now

Good luck with your personal development.

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