Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban: The Sport of Business

I’ve been reading Mark Cuban’s book, How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It.  One of the chapters is called The Sport of Business, which is adapted from his blog post by the same name.

One thing that really stood out to me, that I want to share, is his remarks about “the edge”.  Mark says, “That’s what success is all about.  The edge.”  He continues by saying you need to “have the edge and have the guts to use it.”

So what is the edge?  He shares several ideas in his book/blog post, but here are some of my favorites:

  • The edge is knowing that you have to be the smartest guy in the room when you have your meeting and you are going to put in the effort to learn whatever you need to learn to get there.
  • The edge is knowing that you can fail and learn from it, and just get back up and in the game.
  • The edge is knowing how to blow off steam a couple times a week, just so you can refocus on business
  • The edge is knowing that you are getting to your goals and treating people right along the way.
  • The edge is being able to call out someone on a business issue because you know you have done your homework.
  • The edge is recognizing when you are wrong, and working harder to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
  • The edge is being able to drill down and identify issues and problems and solve them before anyone knows they are there.
  • The edge is knowing that while everyone else is talking about nonsense like the will to win, and how they know they can be successful, you are preparing yourself to compete so that you will be successful.
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Movie Recommendation: The Greatest Showman

I recently watched The Greatest Showman with my wife.  It was the first time I’ve completely unplugged and just enjoyed a movie in a long time.  It’s rare that my wife and I have the luxury of watching a movie together, so I took full advantage of the moment.

In regards to this movie, there are a few things I tend to really enjoy:

  1. Hugh Jackman movies (The Prestige, Les Miserables).
  2. Movies that are (loosely) based on true events.
  3. Movies that get hounded by critics, but loved by audiences (RottenTomatoes).

It is safe to say I had high hopes and expectations for The Greatest Showman.  It is also safe to say it did not disappoint.

Let me start by sharing this powerful quote:

“The noblest art is that of making others happy.” - P.T. Barnum Click To Tweet

What I really loved though, was the takeaways for relationships, business and life in general.  The movie is inspiring, and the phenomenal soundtrack takes the emotional power to another level.  Check it out.

Some key takeaways I enjoyed:

  • Relationships: Choose your love, and love your choice.  Don’t let anything interfere with that.  Truly be committed to your spouse and family.  As a man, to men, be a true man.  Affairs, infidelity, being an absentee dad is not being true to your word or commitments.  I get it, being a husband/father isn’t easy, but being a true and faithful husband/father is worth it.
Choose your love, and love your choice. Don't let anything interfere with that. Click To Tweet
  • Business: There will be ups and downs.  Will you get up?  Or will you stay down?  Staying down guarantees a certain result.  Getting up provides the opportunity to attain a much higher result.  It’s not guaranteed, but what else do you have to lose?  Pride?  Ego?  Get over yourself.  Take calculated risks, and when things blow up in your face, take your moment to process things, then get back to work and figure out where you go from where you are.
Staying down guarantees a certain result. Getting up provides the opportunity to attain a much higher result. Click To Tweet
  • Life: It doesn’t matter where you come from, or what your “history” is.  You create your future.  You have the power within you to dream, and then go put in the work to make your dream, your reality.
You have the power within you to dream, and then go put in the work to make your dream your reality. Click To Tweet

If you are late to the party like I was (it was released in December 2017), go check out The Greatest Showman for yourself.