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Mark Cuban never shies away from the spotlight. His outspokenness about the NBA, Wall Street, and many other topics is well known. But the billionaire entrepreneur and owner of the Dallas Mavericks has shared a lot of invaluable business advice over the years as well.
Here are seven Mark Cuban quotes that encapsulate his thoughts on how to be a successful entrepreneur.
Mark Cuban entrepreneurial quotes
Cuban wrote an article for Entrepreneur back in 2012 that highlighted his own rules for start-ups. One of the key takeaways from the list was:
But that type of obsession can't be boiled down to a simple matter of passion. Cuban wrote on his blog a few years ago that people are passionate about lots of things, but not all of them make great ideas to build a company around. In fact, he actually believes that the aphorism about following your passion is a bunch of, well, you know:
And he certainly knows how to parlay his obsessions into successful businesses. He sold his first company, MicroSolutions, for $6 million, and then started the business that would eventually become Broadcast.com,which he sold to Yahoo! for $5.7 billion in 1999.
And he advises entrepreneurs to put everything they have into their businesses in order to succeed. As he told Entrepreneur four years ago:
The bartender-turned-billionaire has shed some light on how to build out successful business, and his thoughts often go against conventional wisdom. In a 2012 interviewhe said:
And that drive to continue learning comes from Cuban's competitive nature. And that force has helped him outpace his competition.
But even with his aggressive approach to business, Cuban has said when it comes to customers, companies need to build strong relationships built on kindness and trust. As he said in 2011:
No business is going to succeed without some stumbles along the way. And when it comes to failure, Cuban says entrepreneurs shouldn't fear it. In an interview with Smart Business a few years ago, he said:
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