Beginning: The Bootstrapped MBA
What is it?
I created this personal “MBA” program to formally structure personal growth and learning opportunities over the course of a year(ish). I wanted to utilize as many “free” or open source forms of learning on my own as I could – such as books, online tutorials, and other blogs. With a vested interest in technology and business, I wanted the program to reflect a balance between hard technical skills and soft business skills.
A lot of the technical skills will be relevant to immediate personal projects and job opportunities I am currently seeking – so I decided to list out what I think the most relevant skills are and attack them as a preface to the real program which consists mostly of books. As of this blog post, the technical list to research is as follows:
- HTML/CSS (The Basics)
- SQL (Basics, Business Metrics)
- Agile Management
- Python (Automation & Analytics)
- Email Marketing
The rest of the Bootstrapped MBA program is broken up into four categories:
- Entrepreneurship and Marketing
- Leadership and Management
Each category spans several months and has a series of books to read and potentially a real-world application. I will be writing summary blog posts on each skill, book, and real-world application – mostly to help myself learn and serve as a cheat sheet/reference to all of the content.
General Post Structure
I want each post to be short and digestible, no one has time to read that much (even this post is admittedly getting a bit long). The structure of a blog post will be as follows: short post on basic content with some images, one strong example, extra tools and resources list, and ‘the cheat card’.
A cheat card will be an index-card sized printable image that summarizes whatever that particular post is about. I am creating them as personal TL;DRs, so in the future, I can quickly remember the basics of that particular content piece.
I will put myself through the rigorous Bootstrapped MBA program over the next year, I will practice applying what I am learning in my professional career in some form or another, and I will document my progress along the way.