Mark Cuban — How to Win at the Sport of Business
In his book “How to Win at the Sport of Business,” which is a collection of posts from the author’s blog, Cuban gives you his formula for success. He writes about winning, and why it is a good thing, about the need to develop the skills, and the ways you can get ahead of your rivals. Autor recommend this read to all aspiring entrepreneurs, passionate people who want to capitalize on their passion, and business people who never liked playing by the rules.
I can’t tel you how many times I have been asked to write a book. More times than I can recal . The reality is that I don’t want to write a book. Why not? Because I’m not done yet! I’m young. I’m fun. I’m marginal y ugly and I have a great family. I’m just beginning to get good. It is too early to write a book.
What I have written, however, are blog posts. Lots of them. Most of them are about starting businesses. Many are about the chal enges entrepreneurs face. Some are about what is involved in running a business. Others are about life in general. So rather than write a book, I decided to aggregate, curate (see how I used current buzzwords right there?) and update some of my more popular and personal blog posts from the past seven years. As you go through this col ection, don’t feel you have to read it like a book. Use it as a way to get fired up. A way to get motivated. Something you can go back to when you need it. Scan it and find the posts that you can relate to. Or read every single word of every post. Either way, I hope you wil find a nugget or three that wil help you to reach your goals and have more fun in your life.
If there is an overriding theme, it is my wish for you to recognize that if I can become the luckiest person in the world, then with a little bit of work, and yes some luck, you can give me a run for my money for the title. I won’t relinquish it easily, but you can be certain I wil love the competition!
Love it or hate it, when you are done, email me to let me know what you think at Mark.Cuban@dal asmavs.com. I can’t promise I wil respond to you, but your chances of a response wil certainly improve if you tel me how bril iant you found al of this and, more importantly, how you convinced al of your friends and coworkers to buy copies as wel . Hey, I never said I was subtle!
PART ONE: The Dream
I did it too. I would drive by big houses and wonder who lived there—every weekend I would do it. What did they do for a living? How did they make their money? Someday, I would tel myself, I would live in a house like that. I read books about successful people. In fact, I read every book or magazine I could get my hands on. I would tel myself that one good idea would pay for the book and could make the difference between me making it or not. (And hopefully this book will make the difference for you!)
I worked jobs I didn’t like. I worked jobs I loved but that had no chance of becoming a career. I worked jobs that barely paid the rent. I had so many jobs my parents wondered if I would ever be stable. Most of them aren’t on my résumé anymore because I was there so short a time or they were so stupid I was embarrassed. You don’t want to write about sel ing powdered milk or sel ing franchises for TV repair shops. In every job, I would justify it in my mind, whether I loved it or hated it, that I was getting paid to learn and every experience would be of value when I figured out what I wanted to do when I grew up.
If I ever grew up, I hoped to run my own business. It’s exactly what I told myself every day. In reality, I had as much doubt as confidence. I was just hoping the confidence would win over the doubt and it would al work out for the best.
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