Mark Cuban

How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It

    Nikolay Khokhlovhar citeretfor 4 år siden
    In all of my businesses, I started by putting together spreadsheets of my expenses, which allowed me to calculate how much revenue I needed to break even and keep the lights on in my office and my apartment. I wrote overviews of what I was selling, why I thought the business made sense, an overview of my competition, why my product and/or service would be important to my customers and why they should buy or use it. All of it went down on a piece of yellow paper or in a word processing file, and none of it cost me more than the diet soda I was drinking while I was writing it up.
    Nikolay Khokhlovhar citeretfor 4 år siden
    When I catch myself daydreaming about how I’m going to do this or that, I always try to wake up and ask myself just how I’m going to get from where I am to where I want to be. What EXACTLY is it going to take to DO it, rather than dream about it.
    Nikolay Khokhlovhar citeretfor 4 år siden
    Start the day ​motivated with a positive attitude
    You are going to screw up. We all do. I can’t tell you how many times I did and continue to. It happens too often. But no matter what happens, every morning, the minute after you wipe away the crust from your eyes, remind yourself that you are going to enjoy every minute of the day.
    Nikolay Khokhlovhar citeretfor 4 år siden
    4. Figure out how to be the best
    Once you have found out what you love to do, there is only one goal: to be the best in the world at it. It doesn’t matter if you are a filing clerk, an athlete, an accountant or a bartender. All that matters is that you do whatever you can to be the best.
    b0118398337har citeretfor 3 måneder siden
    lot of fun people. A lot of fun people that liked to hang out and drink after work.

    But as the months wore on, I liked it less and less, and I had to remind myself, more and more, exactly why I was there. I was getting paid to learn about how computers work, how big companies work and how middle managers work—that was a whole lot better than paying tuition to get a business education.
    I lasted all of nine months at that job. I lasted about eight months at my next job, working
    b0118398337har citeretfor 3 måneder siden
    You don’t want to write about selling powdered milk or selling 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 all work out for the best.
    We all want our dream job or to run our own companies. The truth? It’s a lot easier said than done. We need jobs that pay the bills, and we can’t wait out the search for the perfect situation. Which leads to the question: What kind of job should you settle for when you can’t or don’t have the job you want?
    Not everyone’s situation is going to be the same, but for the recent graduate, or if you find yourself in a job you don’t like, or if you are unemployed, the answer is pretty straightforward (at least I thought it was when I graduated college). You continue your education.
    Go back to school? No. Get your MBA? No.
    For most recent college grads, you just spent the last four or so years paying tuition to get an education. Now that you have graduated, it’s your chance to get paid to learn. And what if you aren’t a recent college grad? The same logic applies. It is time to get paid to learn.
    When I graduated from Indiana University, I certainly didn’t dream of working for a bank. I wanted a job where I could learn more about computers. So I took a job working for Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh. I helped on systems conversions. Taking old manual systems at small banks and helping them convert to automated systems. I wasn’t that good at it. The job was fun for the first couple months because I worked with a
    b0118398337har citeretfor 3 måneder siden
    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 tell 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 tell 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
    Станислав Овсянкинhar citeretfor 7 måneder siden
    Keep the organization flat. If you have managers reporting to managers in a startup, you will fail. Once you get beyond startup, if you have managers reporting to managers, you will create politics.
    Станислав Овсянкинhar citeretfor 7 måneder siden
    Finding the right job is a lot like dating. It’s hard until you start, then when you start, it’s great until it’s not. Then it’s frustrating as hell until you get it right. But when you do, it all comes together.
    Станислав Овсянкинhar citeretfor 7 måneder siden
    It was Aaron Spelling, I believe, who said, “TV is the path of least resistance from complete boredom.” Which is another way of saying that it’s easier to watch TV than to sit there and do nothing. Which describes exactly how people make most of their choices in life. They take the easy way. They take the path of least resistance.
    Станислав Овсянкинhar citeretfor 7 måneder siden
    was Aaron Spelling, I believe, who said, “TV is the path of least resistance from complete boredom.” Which is another way of saying that it’s easier to watch TV than to sit there and do nothing. Which describes exactly how people make most of their choices in life. They take the easy way. They take the path of least resistance.
    Станислав Овсянкинhar citeretfor 7 måneder siden
    Treat your customers like they own you. Because they do
    Станислав Овсянкинhar citeretfor 7 måneder siden
    I’m a big believer that getting married is about finding yourself first, which makes it a lot easier to find the right person.
    Станислав Овсянкинhar citeretfor 7 måneder siden
    It would have been easy to judge effort by how many hours a day passed while I was at work. That’s the worst way to measure effort. Effort is measured by setting goals and getting results.
    Станислав Овсянкинhar citeretfor 7 måneder siden
    Most people won’t put in the time to get a knowledge advantage
    Станислав Овсянкинhar citeretfor 7 måneder siden
    Everything I read was public. Anyone could buy the same books and magazines. The same information was available to anyone who wanted it. Turns out most people didn’t want it.
    Станислав Овсянкинhar citeretfor 7 måneder siden
    I had to go back to work. What was done was done. Worrying about revenge, getting pissed at the bank and all those “I’m going to get even and kick your ass thoughts” were basically just a waste of energy
    b2424041036har citeretfor 8 måneder siden
    9. It’s not whether the glass is half empty or half full, it’s who is pouring the water
    b2424041036har citeretfor 8 måneder siden
    “Everyone has got the will to win; it’s only those with the will to prepare that do win.”
    L'ria Kimihar citeretsidste år
    I read more than three hours almost every day, but it gives me a level of comfort and confidence in my businesses. At MicroSolutions it gave me a huge advantage. A guy with minimal computer background could compete with far more experienced guys just because he put in the time to learn all he
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