Mark Cuban, a serial entrepreneur, investor, and owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, last year unveiled his formula for financial success, derived from his own rise to a net worth valued at $4.6 billion by Forbes. By diligently following four distinct guidelines, he believes that almost anyone can not only amass wealth but also "control your own destiny."
The Four Pillars of Cuban's Financial Mastery
"Find something you can be good at. Then, be great at it."
Cuban emphasises the importance of dedicated study to truly excel in your chosen field. Interestingly, he also recommends developing expertise in multiple areas, echoing a study by the Association for Psychological Science which showed that Nobel Prize winners often have multidisciplinary backgrounds.
Know How to Sell
From selling trash bags as a child to running billion-dollar ventures, Cuban's journey has been marked by his prowess in sales. "Selling isn't about convincing, it's about helping," he once mentioned in a TikTok video. Given that 15% of CEOs from Fortune 500 companies began in sales, according to a 2017 survey, it's evident that mastering the art of selling can be a valuable step toward corporate leadership.
"Be curious and always learning."
In a rapidly advancing technological landscape, the importance of continuous learning cannot be overstated. A study from the University of Waterloo in 2020 emphasised that a "lifetime learning mentality" can lead to more promotions and higher job satisfaction.
Know Your Stuff
"When you walk into a room, you [need to] know your s--t better than anyone else in the room," Cuban passionately conveyed. It's this relentless pursuit of knowledge and expertise that provides entrepreneurs with the confidence to launch and run successful ventures.
The Road Not Always Smooth
But success hasn't always come easy for Cuban. Prior to founding his first enterprise, he faced numerous setbacks, including job losses and tough living conditions. Yet, his resilience shines through in his 2011 publication, "How to Win at the Sport of Business", where he wrote, "You only have to be right once" to secure a comfortable future.
Regardless of his immense success, Cuban remains confident in his ability to rebuild his wealth from scratch if necessary. "To be a billionaire, you have got get lucky ... [but] could I become a multi-millionaire again? I have no doubt," he declared in a 2016 NPR podcast.
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