January usually mark a special time in everyone’s life. For some its the start of a new beginning. For others it could be a chance at change.
I’ve spent countless January’s wanting to take on the year by losing wait, gaining new clients and moving towards full-time entrepreneurship.
This year starts off different for me because those desires were put on hold to focus on my night with Billionaire Mavs Owner Mark Cuban. After dinner, I took the opportunity to listen to what he had to say about life, the business of sports, and more.
Here is what I learned, after my dinner, from Mark Cuban.
“You never quite know in business if what you are doing is the right or wrong thing.
After hearing Mr. Cuban say this, the quote really hit home. I realized ever since I graduated college I moved from teachers and parents telling me what was right and wrong to having no one there to do the same. Now Mr. Cuban was sitting in front of me telling me there isn’t anything to worry about was eye opening. I now know there is no need to search for someone to seek approval from. Life will tell me when I’m right and wrong in business.
“The only thing any entrepreneur, salesperson or anyone in any position can control is their effort.”
It’s funny, when I graduated I felt like I could change the world. Soon after I started working in the real world, I realized I hardly changed my boss’ mind on issues where I knew I was right and he was wrong. Now, thanks to Mr. Cuban, I’ve realized that controlling situations and people are a waste of time. I should be controlling my effort in the situation that I’m currently in.
“In business, to be a success, you only have to be right once.”
This was probably the most empowering part of the night with Mr. Cuban. To think of success in terms of one right idea was mind blowing. This statement made me feel like I could go out and fail over and over again because I knew that one idea will hit and no one will remember my failures.Of course the night went on with more gems of wisdom and the whole time he presented himself as a normal guy who played hard, then worked hard, and in the end it all worked out.
In the end, I have to take the time to thank Mark Cuban for inspiring me to do more this year. His wisdom in the form of his book “How to Win at Sports Business” is a must read for those who are looking for the same advice I received and more.