I decided to get a MBA, for no other reason than to have one. Many internet gurus would argue against getting a degree that is not from an elite university, since it would be mostly moot in the grand scheme of things.
Remember, there are numerous business savvy billionaires that did not go the traditional route: Steve Jobs, Ali, Zuckerberg, blah, blah, blah.
But I plan on leveraging my MBA to some degree, like I do with with all of my resources. I plan on writing a future post that explains how I used my mostly moot MBA to make me lots of money online. Stay tuned by subscribing here.
In stark contrast to my own plans, you can build a solid business acumen online, with lots of free resources and some at a very low cost when compared to a MBA.
If you never heard of a MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses), then you are lagging behind the other hustlers of the internet age. But take solace in the fact that you are here now; wide-eyed and ready to access some of the best the internet has to offer- forging at full-steam to build a base of knowledge that can match or even surpass that of a traditional college goer.
The courses listed below have been vetted by myself and I have taken many of the free options (some courses offer you the opportunity to audit and you may have to pay a small fee for others), and they are all necessary to build and expand on a solid business acumen.
Some say the language of business is financial accounting but I think the language of business extends beyond the numbers; it is also the language of people, marketing, influence, and strategy. Any one of these subjects can stand alone as a necessary factor in the success or failure of a business, making a well-rounded approach the most effective.
Supplement these courses with a keen eye on everything that we publish in regards to Leadership and Entrepreneurship. Scour our list of books for ones that will propel you to the next level. Self-development is the most important thing a person can do for themselves and is only surpassed by a hands on environment at the hand of a seasoned mentor (Not easy to obtain).
Learn to develop an intuition for what works and what doesn’t. This part of the process will take time but effort paves the road to the top. Embrace the process and relish the journey of success.
Coursera (free with paid certificate options)
Leading People & Teams (Leadership)
Be a Leader, Develop a Leader (Leadership)
Business Essentials (Management)
Game Theory (Strategy)
Game Theory II: Advanced Applications (Strategy)
Marketing in a Digital World (Marketing)
What’s Your Big Idea? (Marketing/Entrepreneurship)
Organizational Analysis (Organizational Behavior & Change)
Behavioral Finance (Finance)
Principles of Financial Accounting (Finance)
Entrepreneurship Specialization (Entrepreneurship)
Udemy (click on link to access class)
An entire MBA in 1 Course (#1 most purchased business course)
How to Start a Business (Incorporates all aspects of new business ventures)
Writing with Flair (Includes concepts of business writing, an important skill that never taught and often overlooked)
Introduction to Finance, Accounting, Modeling, & Valuation (Stuff you need to know but don’t know you need to know because you don’t know what you don’t know till you know you don’t know it)
How to Come Up with Killer Business Ideas (You have to start somewhere)
The value of these courses are immense. But I still put reading above all when it comes to self-development; there is something about the written word that cannot be matched. Check out these books to encapsulate the entrepreneurial mindset:
- The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber
- The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco
- The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman
- Zero to One by Peter Thiel
- Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
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