August 19, 2019
“I’m working 24 hours a day to KICK YOUR ASS!” – Mark Cuban (@mcuban) Top 10 Rules

“I’m working 24 hours a day to KICK YOUR ASS!” – Mark Cuban (@mcuban) Top 10 Rules


– He’s an American businessman, investor, television personality,
and philanthropist. – He’s the owner of the
NBA Dallas Mavericks and Landmark Theaters. – He has an estimated net
worth of $3 billion US. – He is Mark Cuban, and here are his top ten rules for success. (whoosh) (thump) – You know, personally,
I think every time’s a perfect time to start a business. There’s no bad times. If you do the work, if
you do the preparation, you’ll know when it’s time. And it doesn’t mean that it
won’t be a little bit scary, but, you know, you’ll know. And you don’t have to quit the daytime job if you don’t feel all that comfortable, and you can give it a run at night. But whatever works for you. Now, with the Internet, you’ve got all the choices in the world, and you can just go out there
and do your own thing and, you know, set up a business part-time. The passion I’ve always had for business and being an entrepreneur,
that transfers into the Mavs. I’ve always been passionate. Some people thought, you know, it’s more OCD than anything else, which I think is a great
trait for an entrepreneur. When I, you know, I
mentioned the stamp business, I would stay up ’till
three, four in the morning even though I had to
get up and go to school and read Linn’s Stamp News
and Scott’s Stamp Journals and to have them all
memorized and use that to give myself an edge. Even when I was in college,
I’d be in the library reading business books and just looking for business biographies and just reading all I could about business. When I had MicroSolutions and, you know, I started with no money, you know. I’d pull all-nighters in
front of borrowed computers teaching myself software
and how to program. Just to go after it. I mean, the thing about
being an entrepreneur is it’s just all to you. You know, a lot of people
like to make excuses, I don’t have connections,
I don’t have money, I don’t have this. But, you know, if you find something that you like to do or love to do, be great at it and see if you
can turn it into a business. And worst case, you’re
going to have fun doing what it is you love to do, and best case, you can turn it into a business. I’m just not big on excuses. I just think if you’re really, everybody has that
opportunity to go for it. They’ve just got to do it. One of the things that
companies do or startups do, they come up with an
idea, they’ll Google it, and if they don’t see it
in the first two pages, they think it’s original. You got to go back, right,
because over the past 15 years, there’s so many different businesses that have have tried and failed. You have to go back and find
those and learn from those. So you’ve got to understand
all the implications, and you have to learn from history. And so the best advice I can give you on a video before talking
to you or emailing with you is that you’ve got to find out the history of people who have tried your idea. Because there’s a 99.99999% chance that your idea has been tried before. That’s not a good reason not to start it, ’cause you might be
able to outperform them, but you better learn from
the history of your idea. Because you know what
they say about people who don’t learn from history. I’ve always just really enjoyed just the competition of business. I think, you know, in the sports business, I’ll talk to our players,
and it’ll be like, well, you guys compete for 48 minutes and you practice a couple hours and you work on your game
independently a couple hours. But the ultimate sport is business, because you have to
compete with everybody. And you have to do a 24 by seven
by 365 days a year forever. And there’s always somebody out there trying to kick your butt. There’s always somebody who
looks at your business and says, I can do that better,
I have a better idea. And you have to compete with that person, and all the while, you have to make your customers happy,
your employees happy. It’s the competitive side of
me that, in any entrepreneur, that I think that that has to drive you and I think that carries
over into the Mavericks. I want to win, and I want to compete. 99% of small businesses you can start with next to no capital. It’s more about effort. You know, small businesses
don’t fail for lack of capital. They fail for lack of brains,
they fail for lack of effort. Most people just aren’t willing to put in the time to work smart. I mean, they go for it in a lot of cases, but they just don’t recognize
how much work’s involved and if you do the
preparation, if you know, if you start a business, you’d
better know your industry and your company better than
anyone in the whole wide world. Because you’re competing, and to think that whoever it is you’re competing with is just going to let you come
in and take their business, obviously that’s naive. And I think most people
don’t recognize that. If you’re going to compete with
me and one of my businesses, you better realize that I’m working 24 hours a day to kick your ass. One of the big things that all startups do is they lie to themselves
over and over and over. Mine’s faster, mine’s
cheaper, mine’s better. Mine’s this, mine’s that. No it’s not. And the reason it’s not is because whoever it is you’re competing with, it’s not like they’re ignoring you. It’s not like, oh my goodness, this guy just started on Shopify
in the startup competition, he’s doing $1 million this year. Woe is me, I might as
well close up the doors. What are they doing? I’m going to copy what they’re doing. And now you’ve got to stay ahead. And so, you know, you’ve
got to be very careful as an entrepreneur to be
brutally honest with yourself. And those are some of the things that you’ll hear from me as a mentor, that, you know, know what you know, know what you don’t know, but you’ve got to know your
business better than anybody. I think the most important
is knowing your strengths and weaknesses and knowing
what you enjoy doing. You know, if you look at it
as a job, you’ve already lost. It’s not going to be your passion, and you’re going to count the hours. If you look at it as
something you love to do and then you know what your strengths are, then you can leverage those strengths in your business and in helping others, and once you recognize your weaknesses, then you can work with
people that complement you. I mean, every one of my businesses, I’ve had a partner who’s very anal. (laughs) Martin Woodall, Todd Wagner. I mean, incredibly anal
people, perfectionists. ‘Cause I’m a slob, you know. I’m a big picture, think about
what’s around the corner, how’s technology going to change things, how can I change, you know, this industry. And, you know, making sure
that there’s somebody there to dot the Is, cross the Ts,
and keep me in the baselines. And, you know, recognizing my weaknesses is just as important as
recognizing my strengths, my core competencies, and, you know, having a passion to do them. You’ve got to be
differentiated and unique. You’ve got to know what
your core competency is and be great at it. I think what people fail to realize is there’s got to be a defining
feature of your company and you’ve got to be the
best in the world at that. Whatever industry you’re
in, if you don’t know more about it than
anybody else in the world, whoever those other people are that more are going to kick your ass. I had a job out of
college working for a bank for a short period of time, Mellon Bank. And I decided to, well, first, it might have been Inc. Magazine. This is way back when. But there was an article about
using, changing something in how you save social security
from employees’ paychecks. And I literally hadn’t been
working there for three weeks. And so I sent it to
the CEO of Mellon Bank, hey, I thought you might
be interested in this. Literally some guy he’d never heard of. And I got a note back, said thank you, and I’m thinking, okay,
look, my whole job, my whole motive in taking
a job, working for somebody was to help them become more profitable. That’s the way I always looked at it. And then I started a rookies’ club where I reached out to some
executives and all the people who had started at the
same time at Mellon Bank. We’d all go out and get a drink and we’d get this executive started. And I didn’t, like, run it
through my boss or anything. And so my boss at the
time calls me in and says, you’re doing this, and
I said yeah, thank you, and he was going to say, great. He just starts screaming
at me and reaming me. “How could you do this? You go everything through
me, you work for me.” Yeah, so I knew I wasn’t destined there. And then I left. (crowd laughs) And I went down to,
ended up down in Dallas and got a job working for a company called Your Business Software. And we sold software. And I didn’t know anything about software. I took one computer class at Indiana and kind of cheated to pass. But not that I condone that, but. (crowd laughs) And so I had a customer, and
I’d stay up all night reading. I figured, you know, computers were new, and technology was new,
this technology was new. So nobody had a head start on me, ’cause it was changing so
rapidly like it is today that if I just put in the time, I can learn as much as anybody else. And so I taught myself. I’d stay up reading software manuals, taught myself different little
simple programming languages and kept on getting bigger and
bigger and better and better. But it was at a retail store, and one of my responsibilities
was to come in, sweep the floor, wipe down the
windows, and open the store. And I had a customer who wanted me to come out there and close a deal. And it was a $15,000 deal,
$1,500 commission to me. Told my boss, he said, no, you need to be there to open the store. And I made the executive decision that I was going to go get the check. ‘Cause, you know, I was living six guys in a three-bedroom apartment,
sleeping on the floor, and this check meant I could, like not use the same Holiday Inn
towels with holes in them that I had stolen, you know. But anyway, I went and picked
up the check, thank you. When I came back and gave
the check to my boss, all would be forgiven, and,
you know, the sales cures all. Fired me. Fired me. And so those back-to-back
experiences confirmed what I already knew, that
I was a shitty-ass employee and that I’d better start my own. (crowd laughs) (whoosh) – Thank you guys so much for watching. – Now, this video was made because Jose Bergos asked Evan to on YouTube. If you have a famous entrepreneur that you really want
Evan to make a video of, leave it in the comment below. – I’d also love to know
which of Mark Cuban’s top 10 rules had the
biggest impact on you. Leave it in the comments and we’re going to join in the discussion. Thank you so much for watching. Continue to believe,
and we’ll see you soon. (whoosh) (thump)

100 thoughts on ““I’m working 24 hours a day to KICK YOUR ASS!” – Mark Cuban (@mcuban) Top 10 Rules

  1. I want to know how I can have a 15 minute sit down meeting with Sir Richard Branson. Love the interviews on your channel!

  2. Mr. Cuban you are my favorite of favorite of all the SHARKS… You inspire me. My Dream is one day to meet you and give you a hug

  3. Mr. Cuban is the 'real deal' Entrepreneur. While he knows the 'standard' business practice line, he exemplifies the 'creative talent' end of humanity that we all wish we knew more about. I think that we are all born with this 'knowledge' but allow it to be 'reformatted' into the GRIND (employee)<slave> …Mark 'found out' that he was a 'shitty' employee and 'created' a 'niche' for himself and others to exploit. <imho> the KEY to all of this is the Ground Floor Opportunity that is 'created' and the process to Market that keeps the 'founder' in the 'catbird' seat (rather than losing it to a 'factory) …GOOD JOB, Evan

  4. watch all youtube channels about entrepreneurship/self-help/motivation here on 1 platform: www.the-fastlane-entrepreneur.com and much more!

  5. mark cuban is the guy that got hundreds of teenage girls drunk and got them to talk their cloth of so he could record it and sell the videos called GIRL GONE WILD. HE DESTROYED THE LIVES OF HUNDREDS OF GIRLS. HE IS A PIECE OF SHIT .PLEASE COPY AND PASTE THIS EVERYWHERE.

  6. WE THE PEOPLE DO NOT NEED A DRIVER LICENSE TO TRAVEL ,,, Watch Charlie Sprinkle – YouTube ….
    WE THE PEOPLE DO NOT NEED A DRIVER LICENSE TO TRAVEL ,,, Watch Charlie Sprinkle – YouTube ….

  7. I was fired many times before. I'm 30 ,at least 6 times I was fired. it was my fault I should have chosen my passion to study English at university, then start teaching English to my Chinese friends, and make a living as English teacher. but instead I choose what I really hated super expensive nursing course and medical course to study at university, then ended up dropping out of university, and still had my university student loans need to pay , renting apartment outside my parents place. and have only a high school diploma walking around and my English sucks , not good enough to make a living by teaching English, going to jobs interview I hated . and have horrible working attitude, so I was fired many times.been working on my innerself ,with a successful positive attitude change myself to be the best version of myself. hope I will be really successful and really rich in the near future.

  8. Never give up👍🏻👌☝️😻🐶🐾🤔🌺u don't know what's around the corner☝️be fearless😀I luv it🌹best advice for me n everyone has they're own 🌷

  9. He is a successful business man and become a billionaire but He was not able to get rid of envy and jealousy. The proof by now, always attacking and trying hard to put down President Donald Trump…

  10. If we all tried to run our economic lives in a manner similar to the way Cuban has run his economic life, for more than 99% of us, the result would be a bankruptcy.
    We can't all be chiefs; most of us have to be Indians. We can't all build castles and live in them; most of us have to settle for sweeping the floor and working in the kitchen.

    The secret is to live beneath your means, and invest the resulting savings in equity index funds, held as Roth IRAs. Older parents who are comfortable should help their children make the first downpayment on a house, and save for retirement when their income is low (early in career) and spending needs are high (young children).

  11. Great work Evan and all this great team of yours! Charlie Munger says he has only two other people bust in his house: Ben Franklin and Lee Kuan Yew. This man transformed Singapore from a swamp to a world leader in a few decades. He deserves a Top 10 Rules! Lee Kuan Yew. Another great person to be featured would be Sam Zell, the billionaire investor, he is awesome. Thanks guys!

  12. I know that Yonge and Shephard is an intersection in Toronto, but what is the significance of it on your t-shirt?

  13. Hi Evan, i would like to see more videos of successul Latina woman.for example: Jullissa Arce an immigrant who worked at Goldman Sachsi am from Colombia and i feel their should be more woman leaders that make the world a better place.More young girl's should feel that: with hard work… Success is possible.i love when i see hispanic woman also succeed in hollywood, they represent Latina woman: as the hard working & independant Latina. Sophia Vergara in Modern Family represents Colombian woman & Shakira as well.They are independant Ladies with great work ethic.
    i enjoy your videos Evan, have a wonderful Day.Lets give your videos that Latina Flavor.

  14. 6:10 What does he mean when he say he would like to work with people who are anal and he is a slob. Sorry, I'm not from a English speaking country.

  15. Here's an advice: don't get married. If you must for whatever stupid reason, do so after achieving your dreams. Or rub one out.

  16. Did anyone notice how almost every single one of his rules are about personal growth and Knowing yourself? Its something to think about.

  17. Learning from history is something I haven’t been doing which is a silly mistake that’s going to lead me into making errors that can slow or even ruin my business.

    Thanks for the video

  18. he is a real person who doesn't take shit and being smart to change his life and job….not lots of people have the courage

  19. Evan i love love love your channel. You are doing a great job. I loved this video. I loved the i am gonna kick you * statements. It got me fired up coz there is some competition * i need to kick. I think Mark says valuable stuff. Some speak rocket science but he is direct and clear

  20. I think he's smart but on top of everything it's luck and time. He had good luck at the right time during .com boom. That's what made him billionaire and once your in that door everything kinda gets in rhythm

  21. I don't think it's healthy to have that much stress in your life, I'd rather get lots of sleep and do as little work as possible and live a long happy life, money isn't happiness, when you make your first million you will still be missing something in your life

  22. "Make everyone happy make owners happy, make customers happy"
    I like how he owned up to a lot of his failures like a boss.

  23. "Work 24 hours a day to kick your ass" "Work to compete" ? it's a struggle-focus & fear-base perspective, no compassion. Rich & struggling in emotions.

  24. You don’t have to work 24 hours a day to WIN! It’s all about working smart and if you have the Holy Spirit with you then that’s a HUGE BONUS! It’s beyond money at this point…it’s not about money anymore, it’s about having an impact on people and this world. I’m on another level mentality.

  25. Hi Evan,i request u to please make ur videos with English subtitles.that helps me and many other people like me to understand that what someone is talking about.I hope u'll consider my request.

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