Quotes on Success:
Don’t start a company unless it’s an obsession and something you love. If you have an exit strategy, it’s not an obsession.
Sweat equity is the most valuable equity there is. Know your business and industry better than anyone else in the world. Love what you do or don’t do it.
If you’re prepared and you know what it takes, it’s not a risk. You just have to figure out how to get there. There is always a way to get there.
Open offices keep everyone in tune with what is going on and keep the energy up. If an employee is about privacy, show him or her how to use the lock on the bathroom.
It doesn’t matter how many times you have failed, you only have to be right once.
When you’ve got 10,000 people trying to do the same thing, why would you want to be number 10,001?
It is so much easier to be nice, to be respectful, to put yourself in your customers’ shoes and try to understand how you might help them before they ask for help, than it is to try to mend a broken customer relationship.
I create offbeat advice; I don’t follow it. I rarely take third-party advice on my investments.
What I do know, at least what I think I have learned from my experiences in business, is that when there is a rush for everyone to do the same thing, it becomes more difficult to do. Not easier. Harder.
A sure sign of failure for a startup is when someone sends me logo-embroidered polo shirts. If your people are at shows and in public, it’s okay to buy for your own employees, but if you really think people are going to wear your branded polo when they’re out and about, you are mistaken and have no idea how to spend your money.
It’s not about money or connections–it’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone…And if it fails, you learn from what happened and do a better job next time.
I worked hard and smarter than most people in the businesses I have been in.
It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. You only have to be right once and then everyone can tell you that you are an overnight success.
"Work like there is someone working 24 hours a day to take it all away from you.”
Quotes on Hardwork:
In sports, the only thing a player can truly control is effort. The same applies to business. The only thing any entrepreneur, salesperson or anyone in any position can control is their effort.
What I’ve learned is that if you really want to be successful at something, you’ll find that you put the time in. You won’t just ask somebody if it’s a good idea, you’ll go figure out if it’s a good idea.
There are no shortcuts. You have to work hard, and try to put yourself in a position where if luck strikes, you can see the opportunity and take advantage of it.
I love to compete. To me, business is the ultimate sport. It’s always on. There is always someone trying to beat me.
I still work hard to know my business. I’m continuously looking for ways to improve all my companies, and I’m always selling. Always.
Discipline is the difference between being good and exceptional.
Self-discipline is the root quality that will improve every aspect of your life.
It’s not in the dreaming, it’s in the doing.
Relaxing is for the other guy. I may be sitting in front of the TV, but I’m not watching it unless I think there is something I can learn from it. I’m thinking about things I can use in my business and the TV is just there.
Companies don’t fail for a lack of cash or attitude. Companies fail for a lack or brains and effort.
What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? It takes willingness to learn, to be able to focus, to absorb information, and to always realize that business is a 24/7 job where someone is always out there to kick your ass.
One thing we can all control is effort. Put in the time to become an expert in whatever you’re doing. It will give you an advantage because most people don’t do this.
Mark Cuban is an American entrepreneur and investor. He owns the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and co-owns 2929 Entertainment. Besides this, he is the chairman of AXS TV and one of the shark investors of the ABC reality TV series, Shark Tank.
In 1983, Cuban founded MicroSolutions as a system integrator and software reseller. In 1995, Cuban, along with Chris Jaeb and Todd Wagner, started Audionet. In 1998, Audionet became Broadcast.com. In 1999, Yahoo! acquired Broadcast.com. He was a partner in RedSwoosh, a peer-to-peer file-sharing company which was acquired by Akamai and an investor in Weblogs, Inc. which was acquired by AOL. Also, he is the owner of the film distribution company Magnolia Pictures.
In Cuban’s association, Dallas Mavericks made its first appearance at NBA Finals in 2006. They went to win their first championship in 2011.
In April 2007, Cuban, in partnership with Mascot Books, published his first children’s book, Let’s Go, Mavs! In November 2011, he wrote an e-book, How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It.
To help families of U.S. personnel who were killed or injured during the Iraq War, Cuban found the Fallen Patriot Fund in 2003.