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Billionaire Mark Cuban's key advice for aspiring young entrepreneurs

Updated: 23 Aug 2023, 04:48 PM IST

  • Mark Cuban advises young entrepreneurs to start businesses they can handle independently, ascribing his successful business journey to this principle.

Mark Cuban is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks NBA team and a Shark Tank investor.

Mark Cuban is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks NBA team and a Shark Tank investor.

The entrepreneurial journey of recognised billionaire Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks NBA team and Shark Tank investor, is no secret. From selling garbage bags door-to-door at age 12, to building a tech empire in his adult life, Mark has a story laced with entrepreneurial lessons. And his advice to budding young business minds? Focus on what you can handle independently.

A Simple Principle for Starting a Business

"The key to launching a business as a young entrepreneur lies in picking up tasks you can handle yourself - activities that utilise your personal time," reiterated Cuban while interacting with a group of high school students at Texas’ Lewisville High School last year. His methodology spells out the simplicity of starting with a familiar area of expertise.

"If launching a product, choose one that's simple to source and easy to sell," explained the billionaire businessman. The crux of his advice? "The best businesses are those you can steward and operate yourself. That's what the essence of entrepreneurship revolves around."

Cuban’s Entrepreneurial Journey: A Testament of His Advice

Reflecting on his journey, Cuban walked the talk as a young entrepreneur. He peddled collectibles ranging from baseball cards to stamps and coins, all of which supported his college education. Evidently, he hinged his business model on turning accessible household items into profitable ventures – a principle he continues to advocate for today's generation.

Carrying this zeal into college, Cuban explored multiple avenues to generate extra income – from bartending to teaching dance. Showcasing the latter skill earned him a spot on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."

Recalling his entrepreneurial journey, Cuban stated, "I was always hustling. I've always been in selling mode, always had something going on. That's just my nature."

The Truth about Entrepreneurship

Contrary to popular belief, jumping into entrepreneurship doesn’t guarantee immediate prosperity. Not surprising, considering 20% of new businesses fail within a year of launching, a harsh reality highlighted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Starting a business, Cuban shared with the students, doesn't signify an easy path to riches. Instead, it’s the more challenging path, he explained, "If it were easy, everybody would already be doing it and replacing me on 'Shark Tank'."

Finding an enterprise that you can independently handle and excel at requires serious commitment, planning, flexibility, and persistence. But Cuban believes, for those willing to embrace these challenges, there is a world full of opportunities waiting.

"Assuming you're ready to take the first step and start a business, anything is possible," reassured Cuban, offering a glimmer of hope to the budding entrepreneurs.


(Several parts of the text in this article, including the title, were generated with the help of an AI tool.)

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First Published: 23 Aug 2023, 04:48 PM IST