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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