I am so fortunate to have met many great people over the past few months that like me, are just starting to get their businesses off the ground. One couple in particular own a Spanish cultural exchange program for adults called Exchanging Cultures. We actually play volleyball together and one week we started talking about the value of going back to school to get an MBA.
For years I've been torn on this issue but in short, I've basically decided that first-hand experience beats textbook reading any day. And while the networking factor may tip the scales in the opposite direction, being debt-free tips them right back and then some!
So instead of pursuing a formal MBA I am always on the lookout for ways to self-educate and strengthen my weaker areas. Below is a list of resources I sent to Kristi and Santi in the hopes that they too would benefit from some self-education and save themselves some hard-earned cash.
What books, websites, groups, etc. have you found beneficial? Let me know if you find any of the following helpful and if there are any resources you've come across yourselves.
Here's my list of resources for Chicago entrepreneurs for startups and business owners looking for ways to self-educate as they get started.
I'm a HUGE fan of audiobooks and I listened to Personal MBA while running quite often. I could see how that might actually seem worse than running but it helps me keep my mind off of the actual running ;) This book is chock-full of all sorts of actionable business information. The website has a phenomenal list of resources as well! I actually want to listen to this again to catch some things I may have missed. Personal MBA
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Books on my list to read:
Other books I've read or listened to that you might find helpful:
- The Referral Engine (Very helpful)
- No Bullshit Social Media (Good book if you want to jump into social yourself, if not Sprk'd can help you)
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (currently listening to...it's alright. Not bad, not great)
- The Power of Habit (Not business related but REALLY interesting and could end up influencing your business)
- Buy-In Saving Your Good Idea from Getting Shot Down (How to get buy-in from others. Great for helping negotiations. I want to listen to this again)
- Eat That Frog (Like "The Power of Habit" it's not a business book but it's great for helping figure out time-management issues. It's short too :) )