Earn Your MBA in 4 Minutes

I saw this amazing post this week:

Ain’t that the freakin’ truth.

Then I had an idea…

What if I curated a list of resources that teach MBA school topics better than and in less time than a traditional MBA?

(NOTE: I don’t have an MBA, and I don’t intend to get one. So take my opinion with a grain of salt. Then again, if you take anyone on the internet too seriously, you have more serious problems.)

So, I’ve curated these free online resources that teach the major topics taught in most MBA programs better than those MBA programs – and you can read through the whole thing in 4 minutes. I’ve also attempted to summarize each resource so you can learn their main point in 7 seconds or less.

Onward:

Finance

On Twitter, Sahil Bloom demystifies and teaches Finance better than most MBA programs. He covers markets, money printing, sound money, bubbles, credit and debt, bonds and yields, call options, put options, margin trading, short-selling, bankruptcy, SPAC, gold standard, mafia bonds, fund rebalancing, perverse incentives **GASPS FOR BREATH** and several other topics in one of Twitter’s most epic threads:

How to Get Rich

Another world-famous Twitter thread by Naval Ravikant. The fact is, without leverage, accountability and knowing what you uniquely have to offer this world, you won’t get rich without getting lucky:

Leadership

Leadership is the act of giving people control over their work, competence in their work and clarity of why their work matters. Give them that and they will give you the world.

David Marquet offers how to be a great leader better than any MBA program here:

Marketing

People make decisions to get closer to pleasure or further away from pain. That’s it. If you can offer both, you win.

Cole Schafer teaches the psychology of selling better than an MBA program in this article, The Psychology of Selling.

Strategy

A strategy is your articulation of 1) how your customer’s world is changing, 2) what’s at stake if they don’t adapt to that change, 3) how adapting will get them closer to pleasure and further from pain and 4) and how you can personally guide them on that journey with your product or service. It doesn’t need to get more complicated than that.

Andy Raskin teaches how to craft a Strategic Narrative in his popular article “The Greatest Sales Deck I’ve Ever Seen.

And here’s a BONUS STRATEGY TIP from Brian Knight:

Goal Setting

Goal setting is as simple as defining where you want to go, then asking yourself and your team “How?” until you can’t answer the question any further.

Take it from Andrew Holliday in this LinkedIn post.

The Truth About Hard Work

Work smarter not harder. Use a lever not your back.

Like Naval said, you need leverage. Hard work is overrated and a relic of the ancient industrial age.

Many thanks to Jack Butcher for this great meme that teaches the truth about hard word better than any MBA program:

Sales & Negotiation

Chris Voss, a former FBI hostage negotiator, provides highly practical methods for selling and negotiating in his book Never Split the Difference. Here’s a takeaway that taught me more about negotiation than business school ever did:

People are emotional creatures. To negotiate, rephrase the most important three words of what someone has said, get them to say “that’s right,” and ask “how am I supposed to…?” questions when they make a request that’s not aligned with your goals.

Chris breaks it down in this fantastic Google Talk:

Trust

It’s the one thing that fixes everything. If you create a place where people feel safe from danger, they’ll trust you.

Simon Sinek makes simple sense of trust in this TED Talk:

Creativity

We’re all born creative. But the obsolete education system beats it out of us at a young age.

To get or stay creative, create. Get away from the device. Make a contribution.

Seth Godin teaches creativity here:

(BONUS CREATIVITY TIP: Ed Catmull, in his book Creativity, Inc., teaches that a good team can make a bad idea good. But also, a bad team can ruin a good idea. Protect and nurture ideas for maximum creativity.)

On Learning

This one’s from me.

We’re at a crucial fork in the road. Traditional education is obsolete.

Notice what I just said there…

Education is obsolete. Not broken, not damaged, not dying…

It’s obsolete. It’s already dead. There’s no saving it. And if you’re hoping for some external entity like the government to save it, your hope will die in vain.

It’s on us to fix it. It’s on us to nurture leadership and to teach each other and our children good decision making and leverage. It’s on us to show each other how to seek out good information and build even better connections.

Learning is about solving problems and doing real work. It’s not about memorization or filling in scantron bubbles. It’s about learning how to create change in this world.

When my kid asks his teacher if can pee and the teacher says, “I don’t know, can you?, I hope my kid will stand there with his chest high and say “I don’t know, let’s see,” then pee his pants right there on the spot. I’ll gladly bring him new pants, pick him up and take him to lunch.

Why? Is it because I’m a psychopath that wants to watch the world burn?

Nope. It’s because I don’t want a system that rewards compliance and punishes creativity and questioning to beat the greatness out of my child. I want him to question things, solve problems and learn to create a better world for all.

We can all learn anything we want whenever we want. I hope this article has shown you that.

What’s left now is for us to connect with each other, solve interesting problems, and learn how to be leaders.

Here’s to learning.

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