I just finished reading Mark Cuban’s new book called “How to Win at the Sport of Business.” Actually, it’s not a book in the traditional sense, but is a collection of blog posts he has written over the years. I thought it was a brilliant use of existing content. Mark sold this book on the iTunes store for just $2.99. I’ll buy a book for $2.99 any day.
The book is a quick read and it contains a lot of no-nonsense business and life advice. He talks about not spending too much time in school where you are paying to learn. He said to try to get in the working world as quickly as possible where they pay you to learn. If you don’t know what you want to do, start with something and at least you are learning and getting paid to learn.
Another topic I thought he did a great job on was advice for startups. He said you should take startup funds from one of two places. Your own bank account or from a product sale. Don’t take money from family, banks or VC’s to prematurely grow a business. Slow and steady wins the race in this case.
The final topic I appreciated in the book was Mark Cuban’s emphasis on learning. He says that he distinguished himself in some of his first jobs by reading more about the products and services than anyone else. He was more informed with both clients and with coworkers. He maintains his reading habit to this day, stating that he reads 3 hours a day.
If you’re up for a quick read that will inspire you in your own business or in your ideas for a new business, this is a good book to read. Mark Cuban is a serial entrepreneur and he has a lot of wisdom in these pages.