Billionaire Mark Cuban is known as one of the world's greatest entrepreneurs and businessmen.
With an estimated net worth of $4.3 billion, he's famous for his appearance on Shark Tank as a main investor and ownership of NBA Dallas Mavericks.
He's owned, bought, invested in, and sold hundreds of businesses and with this, has a great amount of wisdom to share on success and hard work.
We've put together the ultimate list of Mark Cuban quotes to inspire you and your business.
Here they are:
“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.” Mark Cuban
“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
“I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter how many times you failed. You only have to be right once.” Mark Cuban
"I'm a believer that you accomplish much, much more with direct relationships than by using an intermediary. And that cash you keep in the bank can be the difference between staying alive as a small business, or not."
“It’s hard not to fool yourself. Everyone tells you how they are going to be special. But few do the work to get there.” Do the work.” Mark Cuban
“Always look for the fool in the deal. If you don’t find one, it’s you.” Mark Cuban
“I worked hard and smarter than most people in the businesses I have been in.” Mark Cuban
“Time is the most valuable asset you don’t own.” Mark Cuban
“Always wake up with a smile knowing that today you are going to have fun accomplishing what others are too afraid to do.” Mark Cuban
“Money is a scoreboard where you can rank how you’re doing against other people.” Mark Cuban
“There is no sport as competitive as business.” Mark Cuban
“Work like there is someone working twenty-four hours a day to take it all away from you.” Mark Cuban
"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."
"When you've got 10,000 people trying to do the same thing, why would you want to be number 10,001?"
“Treat your customers like they own you. Because they do.” Mark Cuban
“It’s not in the dreaming, it’s in the doing.” Mark Cuban
“It’s called working your ass off.” Mark Cuban
"I love to compete. To me, business is the ultimate sport. It's always on. There is always someone trying to beat me."
“Focus on building the best possible business. If you are great, people will notice and opportunities will appear.” Mark Cuban
“It comes down to finding something you love to do and then just trying to be great at it.” Mark Cuban
"I create offbeat advice; I don't follow it. I rarely take third-party advice on my investments."
“I wouldn’t be where I am now if I didn’t fail a lot. The good, the bad, it’s all part of the success equation.” Mark Cuban
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.” Mark Cuban
“I’m always afraid of failing. It’s great motivation to work harder.” Mark Cuban
“Life gets easier when you don’t have to worry about the bills.” Mark Cuban
“Perfectionism is the enemy of profitability.” Mark Cuban
“What is your grind?” Mark Cuban
“I don’t care what anyone says. Being rich is a good thing.” Mark Cuban
"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."
“There is very little knowledge that can’t be obtained through effort.” Mark Cuban
“What I’ve learned in these 11 years is you got to stay focused and believe in yourself and trust your own ability and judgment.” Mark Cuban
“It’s not about money or connections, it’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone when it comes to your business. And if it fails, you learn from what happened and do a better job next time.” Mark Cuban
“Creating opportunities means looking where others are not.” Mark Cuban
"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."
“Customers want to see that you have other customers.” Mark Cuban
"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."
“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.” Mark Cuban
“Watching the best taught me how to run my businesses”
“Relaxing is for the other guy”
“It’s not whom you know. It’s not how much money you have. It’s very simple. It’s whether or not you have the edge and have the guts to use it”
“The edge is knowing people think you’re crazy, and they’re right, but you don’t care what they think”
“You have to figure out what works for you”
“I had to kick myself in the ass and recommit to getting up early, staying up late and consuming anything I possibly could to get an edge”
“Do we know what we are designed to be or do we find out through experience”
“In business, to be a success, you only have to be right once”
“Always ask yourself how someone could preempt your product or service”
“It’s always better if you’re honest with yourself and anticipate where the problems could come from”
“With every effort, I learned a lot. With every mistake, I learned what not to do”
“Entrepreneurs have to be brutally honest with themselves and recognize where they have added value and where they have gone along for the ride”
“You have to learn how to use time wisely and be productive. How wisely you use your time will have far more impact on your life and success than any amount of money”
“I’m scared shitless of heights”
“Everyday I look in the mirror and make sure I don’t pinch myself so I don’t wake up. I don’t take it for granted. All the time I say ‘Why me?’”
“You learn in life that a lot of things are the result of effort, but some things, in terms of scale, are random”
“I retired at twenty-nine, bought a life-time pass on American Airlines and my only goal in life was to party like a mad man and get drunk with as many people as possible. And I was happy right there. But when we started the streaming business, I knew it could be something big...”
“Those back-to-back experiences confirmed what I already knew: That I was a shitty-ass employee and I’d better start my own business”
“And that got us closed down... That was one of those kismet-things that turn out to be good for you, in the long run, because otherwise I still might be bartending and throwing wet t-shirt contests”
“If you are ahead of the curve and you can anticipate where things are going ... anything is possible”
“The last 9 years we have lived in a world were you put in data to get out data. If you wanted to find out about something you went to Google or some search engine or some source, and you put data in and you learn from what came back. Now, all that data is stale, and I think we are coming to a scenario where rather than us having to know and put in, and what’s smart in order to get a response that we hope is smart, there are sensors that are tracking things and giving us information”
“I had been in the technology business for so long, I had seen the PC-bubble come and burst, I had seen the local area and wide area networking-bubble come and burst, it was no shock that the internet-bubble was going to burst”
“We don’t sell wins or losses. The one thing you can’t control in sports is which games you are going to win or which games you are going to lose. But what I could control was the experience the fans have”
“You always have to know what business you are in. Everybody thought we were in the basketball business. It’s an NBA-team; we are not in the basketball business. We are in the business of creating experiences and memories”
“I’m a big believer that you always reiterate, you always learn, you always realize your business is evolving”
“There is no law against stupid. I learned a long time ago – from talking, not from action – that you can’t beat stupid out of people, you can’t talk stupid out of people, you can’t expect stupid to disappear or dissipate. You can try to help people who are, and that is typically what I try to do when I find it in my organizations. But I also try not to be a hypocrite. I know I’m prejudiced, I know I’m bigoted, in a lot of ways ... but I always try to catch my prejudices, and recognize and be very self-aware that my stream of thought is never perfect”
“Patent law holds us back, in every which way, shape or form. There is place for it, in physical products, in pharmaceuticals, but in software in particular, there is no place for it”
“We can talk about republican or democratic approaches to the economy, but until you fix the student loan bubble – and that’s where the real bubble is – and the tuition bubble, we don’t have a chance. All this other stuff is shuffling deck- chairs on the Titanic”
“When you first start working for me, directly for me, I micromanage until I trust you”
“I want the bad news first. I don’t want the ‘Oh, we hade a great week and Billy...’ You know, great, I’m sure Billy had fun. I want to read: ‘God damn it! We lost this sale, and here is why’”
“I love to compete. Somebody out there is competing against me, and I want to kick your ass. I say it all the time: Business is the ultimate sport”
“[Business] is the marketplace of ideas”
“The reason I do Shark Tank isn’t to try take make more money of the deals, even though every deal I want to make money off of and even more so I want the entrepreneurs to be very successful and make money, but Shark Tank sends a message to everybody that the American Dream is alive and well”
“I love the competitive aspect of it [business]. It’s like playing chess. Why do people play chess? Knowing the realm of moves? Even when you get to be a chess master, there are other chess masters you want to beat or outperform. And to me business is just a sport that I love to compete in; a continuous intellectual challenge that really motivates me”
“Never settle. There is no need to rush”
“I was poor as fuck living on the floor and I had already won. It has nothing to do with money. If you can wake up in the morning with a smile on your face, excited about the day, and say ‘you know what? I’m going to get it done to today! I’m going to do something I love to do’, then you have won”
“Even when I had nothing, I had everything. Because I love to compete”
“I like being involved in businesses where you are kicking ass”
”If you have managers reporting to managers in a startup, you will fail”“Wherever I see people doing something the way it’s always been done, the way it’s ‘supposed’ to be done, following the same old trends, well, that’s just a big red flag to me to go look somewhere else”
“Wherever I see people doing something the way it’s always been done, the way it’s ‘supposed’ to be done, following the same old trends, well, that’s just a big red flag to me to go look somewhere else”
“Work like there is someone working 24 hours a day to take everything away from you”
“Learn to sell. In business you’re always selling – to your prospects, investors and employees. To be the best salesperson put yourself in the shoes of the person to whom you are selling. Don’t sell your product. Solve their problem”
“If I can do it, you can do it”
“In sports, the only thing you can control is effort. The same applies to business. The only thing any entrepreneur, salesperson or anyone in any position can control is their effort”
“Effort is measured by setting goals and getting results”
“I spend time in bookstores because one idea from a book or magazine can make me money”
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