Mark Cuban

Born: July 31, 1958

Occupation: Businessman

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I just started a business called HDNet. There never is one area that has a door open to everyone. Try to find an area with something you love to do and do it. It's a lot easier to work hard and prepare...

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There is no sport as competitive as business. It's 24 by 7 by 365 by forever.

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Know your core competencies and focus on being great at them. Pay up for people in your core competencies. Get the best. Outside the core competencies, hire people that fit your culture but aren't as expensive...

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Sales Cure All. Know how your company will make money and how you will actually make sales.

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In business, one of the challenges is making sure that your product is the easiest to experience and complete a sale.

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Creating a close connection to those you do business with has its many risks, rewards and consequences. There are few things in business I have encountered that are more difficult than firing someone,...

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Pay off your debt first. Freedom from debt is worth more than any amount you can earn.

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The NBA is never just a business. It's always business. It's always personal. All good businesses are personal. The best businesses are very personal.

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Always look for the fool in the deal. If you don't find one, it's you.

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It doesn't matter how many times you fail. It doesn't matter how many times you almost get it right. No-one is going to know or care about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn...

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If you really want to know where your destiny lies, look at where you apply your time.

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Everyone is passionate about something. Usually more than one thing. We are born with it. There are always going to be things we love to do. That we dream about doing. That we really, really want to do...

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I'm a believer that you accomplish much, much more with direct relationships than by using an intermediary. And that cash you keep in the bank can be the difference between staying alive as a small business,...

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If you've got $25,000, $50,000, $100,000, you're better off paying off any debt you have because that's a guaranteed return.

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What I do know, at least what I think I have learned from my experiences in business, is that when there is a rush for everyone to do the same thing, it becomes more difficult to do. Not easier. Harder.

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Do the work. Out-work. Out-think. Out-sell your expectations. There are no shortcuts.

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Today is the youngest you will ever be. Live like it.

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There is only one thing in life you can control: Your own effort.

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It's not in the dreaming, it's in the doing.

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Treat your customers like they own you. Because they do.

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Forget about finding your passion. Instead, focus on finding big problems.

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Don't start a company unless it's an obsession and something you love. If you have an exit strategy, it's not an obsession.

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It doesn't matter how many times you fail. You only have to be right once and then everyone can tell you that you are an overnight success.

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It's not about money or connections. It's the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone.

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Money is a scoreboard where you can rank how you're doing against other people.

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Never follow your dreams. Follow your effort. It's not about what you can dream of. That's easy. It's about whether or not it's important enough to you to do the work to be ready to be successful in that...

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Once you have found out what you love to do, there is only one goal: to be the best in the world at it.

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It's not whether the glass is half empty or half full, it's who is pouring the water. The key in business and success at any endeavor is doing your best to control your destiny. You can't always do it,...

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Creating opportunities means looking where others are not.

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Always wake up with a smile knowing that today you are going to have fun accomplishing what others are too afraid to do.

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Find something you love to do. If you don't make money at it, at least you love going to work.

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The thrill of victory in business blows away the thrill of victory in sports. Business is a sport 24/7/365.

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If you're looking where everybody else is looking, you're looking in the wrong spot.

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Most people think it's all about the idea. It's not. EVERYONE has ideas. The hard part is doing the homework to know if the idea could work in an industry, then doing the preparation to be able to execute...

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Every job I took was really me getting paid to learn about a new industry.

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The only thing any entrepreneur, salesperson or anyone in any position can control is their effort.

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When you've got 10,000 people trying to do the same thing, why would you want to be number 10,001?

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In the past people used to tell me to shut up a bit. But what I believe is to put out your opinion and let everyone else react. If I'm wrong I'm wrong. People are afraid to put out their opinions and get...

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All that matters in business is that you get it right once. Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are.

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I'm always afraid of failing. It's great motivation to work harder.

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Every 'No' gets me closer to a 'Yes'.

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It comes down to finding something you love to do and then just trying to be great at it

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Sweat equity is the most valuable equity there is. Know your business and industry better than anyone else in the world. Love what you do or don't do it.

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I hate politics. It's slimy. Any job where people pander for votes, I don't like. The country has gotten so partisan that if you're not on my side, you're the enemy. The only thing I ever try to support...

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I still work hard to know my business. I'm continuously looking for ways to improve all my companies, and I'm always selling. Always.

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Being rich is a good thing. Not just in the obvious sense of benefitting you and your family, but in the broader sense. Profits are not a zero sum game. The more you make, the more of a financial impact...

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The number-one job of the hedge-fund manager is not to make sure that you can retire with a smile on your face - it's for him to retire with a smile on his face.

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In my opinion, right now there's way too much hype on the technologies and not enough attention to the real businesses behind them.

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I love to compete. To me, business is the ultimate sport. It's always on. There is always someone trying to beat me.

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The key is having great players. But there are a lot of teams that have All-Stars and haven't been able to put it together.

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Wherever I see people doing something the way it's always been done, the way it's 'supposed' to be done, following the same old trends, well, that's just a big red flag to me to go look somewhere else.

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I think one of the biggest curses in the U.S. is that we have only two political parties.

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In these times of the 'Great Recession', we shouldn't be trying to shift the benefits of wealth behind some curtain. We should be celebrating and encouraging people to make as much money as they can. Profits...

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Being able to take a traditional cable-television subscriber and give them new widget type applications to me is huge.

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I think that any reporter or columnist will be a little more careful when doing interviews with me.

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I've learned the number one job of a pro manager is not to win championships but to keep their job.

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We can't ever forget that the Internet now is just a staid utility. The exciting platforms are software applications that are very, very simple.

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When you turn your team upside down and try to figure out what the culture of the team is, you take the greatest risk a team can take.

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I look at my annual budgets for everything and anything, and I look to see where I can save the most money on those items. Saving 30% to 50% buying in bulk - replenishable items from toothpaste to soup,...

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I'm not the type to pat myself on the back and all that, but somebody has to be lucky, right? When I got to Dallas, I was struggling - sleeping on the floor with six guys in a three-bedroom apartment....

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Wherever there is change, and wherever there is uncertainty, there is opportunity!

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If I own stock in your company and you move offshore for tax reasons I'm selling your stock. There are enough investment choices here

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With every effort, I learned a lot. With every mistake and failure, not only mine, but of those around me, I learned what not to do. I also got to study the success of those I did business with as well....

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The Higher Education Industry is very analogous to the Newspaper industry. By the time they realize they need to change the costs to support their legacy infrastructure and costs will keep them from getting...

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I was lucky. I grew up knowing that hard work and smart work has a greater impact on results than being passionate about something.

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I daydreamed for motivation. I didn't lie to myself and talk about my passions and how if I was passionate enough about something I could be successful at it.

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In today's world of technology we should no longer be using outdated paper processes to accomplish tasks such as requisitions, reports, approvals, and purchase orders

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Focus on building the best possible business. If you are great, people will notice and opportunities will appear.

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If you can, you will quickly find that the greatest rate of return you will earn is on your own personal spending. Being a smart shopper is the first step to getting rich.

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Everyone tells you how they are going to be "special", but few do the work to get there. Do the work.

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Sweat equity is the best startup capital.

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Make your product easier to buy than your competition, or you will find your customers buying from them, not you.

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It is so much easier to be nice, to be respectful, to put yourself in your customers' shoes and try to understand how you might help them before they ask for help, than it is to try to mend a broken customer...

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All good businesses are personal. The best businesses are very personal.

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Because if you're prepared and you know what it takes, it's not a risk. You just have to figure out how to get there. There is always a way to get there.

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I never look at the glass as half empty or half full. I look to see who is pouring the water and deal with them.

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We romanticize entrepreneurshi p so much that people don't do the work. It's not just a dream, not just a goal; it's a lot of hard work. A lot of people are wantrepreneurs, not entrepreneurs.

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If you don't follow the stock market, you are missing some amazing drama.

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Time is the most valuable asset you don’t own. You may or may not realize it yet, but how you use or don’t use your time is going to be the best indication of where your future is going to take you...

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Selling is never about convincing. It is always about helping.

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You never win any games you don't play.

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Time is the most valuable asset you don't own.

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Being a smart shopper is the first step to getting rich.

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Culture is very important to the Mavs.... It isn't about who talks the most or the loudest. It is about the demeanor and attitude he brings.

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I learned how to become wealthy because I asked the right questions when I was broke.

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Work like there is someone working twenty-four hours a day to take it all away from you.

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Go out there and get rich. Get so obnoxiously rich that when that tax bill comes, your first thought will be to choke on how big a check you have to write.

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Learn to sell. In business you’re always selling: to your prospects, investors and employees. To be the best salesperson put yourself in the shoes of the person to whom you’re selling. Don’t sell...

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I think political people are afraid of me.

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If you think back to the first sporting event you went to, you don't remember the score, you don't remember a home run, you don't remember a dunk. You remember who you were with. Were you with your mom,...

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If there was a template for success in sports, everyone would follow it. You do the best you can and trust the people you trust.

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When I got to the Mavericks people were all giving me advice - change this, change that - and one thing that I didn't do was fire anybody.

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Recessions are the best time to start a company. Companies fail. Others hold back capital. If you are willing to do the preparation and work, it is the best time to invest in yourself and start a business.

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One thing we can all control is effort. Put in the time to become an expert in whatever you’re doing. It will give you an advantage because most people don’t do this.

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I create offbeat advice; I don't follow it. I rarely take third-party advice on my investments.

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Can't say no one makes money from Twitter now. The NBA does.

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You've got to be very cognizant of the correlation between social media links and business because they don't always correlate as highly as people would like.

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I worked hard and smarter than most people in the businesses I have been in.

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Doesn't matter if the glass is half-empty or half-full. All that matters is that you are the one pouring the water.

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I'm the one guy who says don't force the stupid people to be quiet - I want to know who the morons are.

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Open offices keep everyone in tune with what is going on and keep the energy up. If an employee is about privacy, show him or her how to use the lock on the bathroom.

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As I would learn later in life, money makes you extremely handsome.

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Business happens over years and years. Value is measured in the total upside of a business relationship, not by how much you squeezed out in any one deal.

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The beauty of success, whether it’s finding the girl of your dreams, the right job or financial success, is that it doesn’t matter how many times you have failed, you only have to be right once.

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I think you’ve got to be very, very careful when you start making blanket statements about what people say and think, as opposed to what they do. It’s a very, very slippery slope.

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When I die, I want to come back as me.

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Sweat equity is the most valuable equity there is.

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In business, to be a success, you only have to be right once.

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What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? It takes willingness to learn, to be able to focus, to absorb information, and to always realize that business is a 24/7 job where someone is always out...

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It is called working your ass off. The difference is what you are willing to sacrifice. For every writer who wants balance in their life, there is a guy like me who gives up a lot to make their dreams...

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To retire by the age of 35 was my goal. I wasn't sure how I was going to get there though. I knew I would end up owning my own business someday, so I figured my challenge was to learn as much as anyone...

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Do your homework and know your business better than anyone. Otherwise, someone who knows more and works harder will kick your ass.

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Do it because you love it. Then it’s not a job. I’m a geek. I love technology. I would be online working with technology regardless of what my day job is.

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I rarely think the market is right. I believe non dividend stocks aren't much more than baseball cards. They are worth what you can convince someone to pay for it.

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In every job, I would justify it in my mind, whether I loved it or hated it, that I was getting paid to learn and every experience would be of value when I figured out what I wanted to do when I grew up.

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I think the NFL is 10 years away from an implosion,

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Just watch. Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. When you try to take it too far, people turn the other way. I'm just telling you, when you've got a good thing and you get greedy, it always, always, always,...

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If I see a black kid in a hoodie and it's late at night, I'm walking to the other side of the street. And if on that side of the street, there's a guy that has tattoos all over his face, white guy, bald...

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Ideas are easy. I've never met a single person who didn't think they had a world class idea. The hard part is making it a business.

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But we have to ask ourselves, what's the purpose of the stock market? It's supposed to be a source of capital for growing business. It's lost that purpose.

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I don't care what anyone says. Being rich is a good thing.

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I don't think there's any question that the UFL or any other league that wants to challenge the NFL can have an impact. The demand for professional football is off the charts.

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Make sure you are the boss. I don't think I would encourage executives that work for me to blog. There can be only 1 public vision for an organization.

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What I’ve learned in these 11 years is you just got to stay focused and believe in yourself and trust your own ability and judgment.

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What I’ve learned is that if you really want to be successful at something, you’ll find that you put the time in. You won’t just ask somebody if it’s a good idea, you’ll go figure out if it’s...

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Success is about making your life a special version of unique that fits who you are - not what other people want you to be.

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Business is the ultimate sport. In business, as in sport, the one thing you can control is effort.

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I know I'm prejudiced, and I know I'm bigoted in a lot of different ways,

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If given a choice between investing in someone who has read REWORK or has an MBA, I’m investing in REWORK every time. A must read for every entrepreneur.

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There are no shortcuts. You have to work hard, and try to put yourself in a position where if luck strikes, you can see the opportunity and take advantage of it.

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Love what you do or don't do it.

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Yes. And release prisoners who are incarcerated for pot.

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Higher education is a business that doesn’t know it’s going out of business.

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A sure sign of failure for a startup is when someone sends me logo-embroidered polo shirts. If your people are at shows and in public, it's okay to buy for your own employees, but if you really think people...

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I didnt know I was mad about anything. I guess if the New York Times says I am, I must be.

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I have some very special guests tonight, and I would like to give a big welcome to the Wayne State men and women's rugby team for coming to the game tonight and to be on my TV Show

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The one requirement for success in our business lives is effort. Either you make the commitment to get results or you don't.

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With Android I get to choose from many different products from many different phone manufacturers. With iOS, I get what Apple gives me. Which isn't necessarily bad, but it's not always the best fit for...

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The only thing in your control is effort. That's all, and that's everything.

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Communicate with your fans or customers. They know we live in an ever changing world. If you tell them what you are thinking and why you are doing what you do, as I did with my blog regarding Nash leaving,...

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