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10 Back-to-the-Basics Quotes from All-star Entrepreneur Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban didn’t start out as an entrepreneur.

He spent several years bouncing around odd jobs before finally starting his own business. But by the time he was 32, he had sold that business for a nice 6 Million dollars.

This success fueled Mark Cuban’s entrepreneurial spirit.

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Straight-laced quotes by Cuban – Photo Credit Steven Rosenbaum

He next launched a new business involving internet radio, which was called In 1999, Yahoo bought out Cuban and his partner for an astounding $6 Billion.

The following year he took on a new challenge, making the lackluster Dallas Mavericks into a profitable, playoff-contending team. They have since achieved that, and even won the NBA Championship in 2011.

Despite radical entrepreneurial success years ago, Mark Cuban continues to pursue business ventures and opportunities, displaying his hustle attitude that has served him so well.

Not all of us have the incredible motivation and execution skills of Mark Cuban, but there are tools and opportunities we can take advantage of to increase our potential for success. CoCoaching is a powerful tool in an entrepreneur’s toolbox. It can be used to help entrepreneurs and others alike to reach the critical point that pushes them to success.

There’s nothing too crazy or profound about CoCoaching and how it works. It’s simple, back to basics kind of training that brings results, just like these motivational quotes by Mark Cuban.


Here are 10 Powerful Yet Simple Quotes by Mark Cuban that will motivate and inspire you.

1. “Treat your customers like they own you. Because they do.”

In the midst of a business, it is easy to get caught up focusing on the product, or the bottom line, or distribution. But one can’t forget about who is actually buying from you: the customer.

And ultimately, these are the people you need to be most concerned about, and treat the best.

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Mark Cuban Speaking – Photo Credit Steven Rosenbaum


2. “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 your product. Solve their problems.”

To succeed with a business you have to make sales. This can take on different forms depending on the business, but it all follows the same principle. You can create the best product, but if no one knows about it, it will struggle to succeed.

But rather than just selling a product, show your potential customers how your product will solve a problem and make their life easier.  This will in turn, lead to sales.


3. “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.”

Success takes hard work, and Mark Cuban attributes much of his success to hard work and getting things done. Buckling down and doing work isn’t usually fun, but it is often exactly what is required.


4. “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 a good idea.”

Are you sitting on a ‘good idea’ and waiting for others to give you feedback? Why not find out for yourself if it is a good idea by making it happen. Cuban has a track record of successful businesses because he was willing to step out and put his ideas to the test.

If you need help on launching a new business quickly, 7 Day Startup is well worth reading.


5. “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.”

Know your business, never stop improving, and never stop selling. These are three powerful keys to success that can be taken for granted. Many young entrepreneurs experience their first success, and immediately take it easy, basking in the glory of their success. But the success soon fades, and they miss out on greater opportunities.

When Cuban sold his first business for $6 Million, he could have retired. But he would not have become the owner of the Mavericks, and would not have become a billionaire with the influence he has today.


mark cuban quote6. “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, or whatever I use a lot of – is the best guaranteed return on investment you can get anywhere.”

The best advice for people who want to be rich is not to make a lot of money, but learn how to save your money. When you manage your expenses, both business and personal, you are able to have more money in your bank faster.


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

A clear business structure with a unified vision is critical for all organizations, but especially for startups and small businesses. If you’re the boss, make sure your voice and vision for the company is clear.

If you aren’t the boss, consider how your public statements may affect the company.


8. “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.”

It isn’t always good to follow the flow. Remember to always be improving, and don’t settle for second best.


9. “It’s not in the dreaming, it’s in the doing.”

Action. It all comes back to action. Taking action, and failing, is better than no action because you have learned from your failure, and are no longer waiting to see if that direction will succeed or fail.


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Mark Cuban’s NBA Team Winning in 2011 Credit: mcuban

10. “I worked harder and smarter than most people in the businesses I have been in.”

Not only does success require action, it requires hard work. But hard work alone is no guarantee. To be successful, you have to be willing and able to work harder and smarter than others.


Even after Cuban was successful, he continued to work harder and smarter than the competition, and even his own employees. This laid a culture and example of hard work for the organization.

We hope these Mark Cuban quotes have given you new inspiration and motivation to pursue your goals. If you’re looking for a way to make change in your life, the accountability and goal setting in CoCoaching can be invaluable.

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