I just finished reading Mark Cuban’s new E-Book “How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It”. The book is essentially a collection of some of the best blog posts from Cuban’s blog, which he as put together in E-Book form and put up for sale for $2.99.
Personally, I’m a huge Mark Cuban fan and happily paid 3 dollars for the book. The book is a quick, easy read full of no-nonsense life and career advice founded in Cuban’s own experiences on his rise to the top of the business world.
- “Its Easy to know if you’re in the right job. If it matters what you get paid, you’re not in a job you really love.” – A reoccurring theme throughout the book is that if you really want to make it as an entrepreneur you should be willing to live like a broke college student to make it succeed.
- In sports or in business, the only thing an individual can truly control is their effort. – Its easy to see Mark Cuban on TV and assume he was just in the right place at the right time to make his billions. However in the book he details how he got ahead with his first company simply by reading the manuals for the software he was selling. He got a leg up on his competitors simply by putting in the effort to read the boring instruction manuals, something most others were simply unwilling to do.
- “The beauty of success, whether it’s finding the girl of your dreams, the right job or financial success, is that it doesn’t matter how many times you have failed, you only have to be right once.” – it’s then that you can tell everyone how lucky you are.
- Learn to sell. – No business in history has survived with zero sales. Whether selling a product, service or even selling yourself to an employer or customer. Learning how to sell is one of the most important skills you can develop in order to succeed.
- “It doesn’t matter if the glass is half-empty, or half-full, It matters who’s pouring the water.” – This is probably my favorite quote from the book. Everyone can dream of being rich or successful, but acting in a reactionary manner isn’t the way to get there. Those who set actionable goals and create their own luck are the ones who create their own destiny and achieve their dreams.
- “As I would learn later in life, money makes you extremely handsome.” – As Mark learned from a pretty funny story involving Bill Gates.
If you’re a hopeful entrepreneur or just looking for a good read that will inspire you in whatever career you have chosen I highly recommend “How to Win at the Sport of Business”. Mark Cuban is a self-made billionaire and imparts a great deal of useful wisdom in this book. I promise you won’t be disappointed if you spend the $2.99, but if you’re still unsure you can go dig up a lot the same stories in his blog archives at www.blogmaverick.com.