71 Inspirational Mark Cuban Quotes In 2024 Owner Of "The Dallas Mavericks"

Updated: January 20th, 2022

Mark Cuban is known as one of the world's greatest entrepreneurs, he is also a famous television personality, and a media proprietor.

He is one of the primary investors on the ABC tv series, Shark Tank and also has ownership of NBA's team Dallas Mavericks.

Mark Cuban 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:

71 Inspirational Mark Cuban Quotes In 2024 Owner Of "The Dallas Mavericks"

List of Inspiring Mark Cuban Quotes

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.

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.

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.

Everyone is passionate about something. Usually more than one thing. We are born with it. There are always going to be things we love to do. That we dream about doing. That we really, really want to do with our lives. Those passions aren’t worth a nickel.

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.

Always ask yourself how someone could preempt your product or service.

Do we know what we are designed to be or do we find out through experience?

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.

I look at my annual budgets for everything and anything, and I look to see where I can save the most money on those items. Saving 30% to 50% buying in bulk – replenishable items from toothpaste to soup, or whatever I use a lot of – is the best-guaranteed return on investment you can get anywhere.

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.

With every effort, I learned a lot. With every mistake, I learned what not to do.

The edge is knowing people think you’re crazy, and they’re right, but you don’t care what they think.

It’s always better if you’re honest with yourself and anticipate where the problems could come from.

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.

Relaxing is for the other guy.

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.

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.

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?’

I worked hard and smarter than most people in the businesses I have been in.

Always wake up with a smile knowing that today you are going to have fun accomplishing what others are too afraid to do.

Because 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.

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 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.

Pay attention to what’s happening around you. Don’t think there’s just one way to do things—context is everything.

One of the most underrated skills in business right now is being nice.

In every business I have had, I have made sure my customers have had my email address and can reach me directly.

Great entrepreneurs invest the time, no matter how many hours a day, to learn more about their industry and the business they want to start than anyone else.

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.

Entrepreneurs have to be brutally honest with themselves and recognize where they have added value and where they have gone along for the ride.

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.

Being rich is a good thing. Not just in the obvious sense of benefiting you and your family, but in the broader sense. Profits are not a zero-sum game. The more you make, the more of a financial impact you can have.

The one person who you should never believe when it comes to evaluating your abilities is you. The very worst judge of your abilities is you. Self-evaluation is never successful. When you are the best at something, the demand for your services will grow. People want to hire the best. They want to be associated with the best.

In my opinion, right now, there’s way too much hype on the technologies and not enough attention to the real businesses behind them.

Your biggest enemies are your bills. The more you owe, the more you stress. The more you stress over bills, the more difficult it is to focus on your goals. More importantly, if you set your monthly income requirements too high, you eliminate a significant number of opportunities. The cheaper you can live, the greater your options.

I rarely think the market is right. I believe nondividend stocks aren’t much more than baseball cards. They are worth what you can convince someone to pay for it.

If you’re looking where everybody else is looking, you’re looking in the wrong spot.

Once you have found out what you love to do, there is only one goal: How can you be the best in the world at it. It doesn’t matter if you are a filing clerk, athlete, accountant, or bartender. All that matters is that you do whatever you can to be the best.

Focus on building the best possible business. If you are great, people will notice and opportunities will appear.

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.

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.

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.

You learn in life that a lot of things are the result of effort, but some things, in terms of scale, are random.

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.

I want the bad news first.

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.

I’m always afraid of failing. It’s great motivation to work harder.

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.

Creating opportunities means looking where others are not.

Life gets easier when you don’t have to worry about the bills.

It’s called working your ass off.

I’m a big believer that you always reiterate, you always learn, you always realize your business is evolving.

When you’ve got 10,000 people trying to do the same thing, why would you want to be number 10,001?

The number-one job of the hedge-fund manager is not to make sure that you can retire with a smile on your face – it’s for him to retire with a smile on his face.

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.

I create offbeat advice; I don’t follow it. I rarely take third-party advice on my investments.

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.

If you are ahead of the curve and you can anticipate where things are going … anything is possible.

If you’ve got $25,000, $50,000, $100,000, you’re better off paying off any debt you have because that’s a guaranteed return.

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.

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.

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.

When you first start working for me, directly for me, I micromanage until I trust you.

Customers want to see that you have other customers.

I spend time in bookstores because one idea from a book or magazine can make me money.

Effort is measured by setting goals and getting results.

If Ayn Rand were an up-and-coming author today, she wouldn’t write about steel or railroads, it would be Net Neutrality.

Every now and then I love to invest in a company that may not set the world on fire but has the chance to establish itself, create jobs, and have a positive impact.

One thing I learned in the NBA is that the No. 1 job of a general manager is to keep his job. They are only 30 positions where you make millions and hang around with basketball players all day.

All you need is a laptop or a PC and an Internet connection and you can pretty much do almost anything and create almost any type of company.

I retired at twenty-nine, bought a lifetime 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.

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.

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