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Mark Cuban shares his wealth of experience and business savvy in his first published book, How to Win at the Sport of Business, available now only as an e-book. Using the greatest material from his popular Blog Maverick, he has collected and updated his postings on business and life to provide a catalog of insider knowledge on what it takes to become a thriving Mark Cuban shares his wealth of experience and business savvy in his first published book, How to Win at the Sport of Business, available now only as an e-book. Using the greatest material from his popular Blog Maverick, he has collected and updated his postings on business and life to provide a catalog of insider knowledge on what it takes to become a thriving entrepreneur. Cuban tells his own rags-to-riches story of how he went from selling powdered milk and sleeping on friends' couches to owning his own company and becoming a multi-billion dollar success story. His unconventional yet highly effective ideas on how to build a successful business offer entrepreneurs at any stage of their careers a huge edge over their competitors.


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Mark Cuban shares his wealth of experience and business savvy in his first published book, How to Win at the Sport of Business, available now only as an e-book. Using the greatest material from his popular Blog Maverick, he has collected and updated his postings on business and life to provide a catalog of insider knowledge on what it takes to become a thriving Mark Cuban shares his wealth of experience and business savvy in his first published book, How to Win at the Sport of Business, available now only as an e-book. Using the greatest material from his popular Blog Maverick, he has collected and updated his postings on business and life to provide a catalog of insider knowledge on what it takes to become a thriving entrepreneur. Cuban tells his own rags-to-riches story of how he went from selling powdered milk and sleeping on friends' couches to owning his own company and becoming a multi-billion dollar success story. His unconventional yet highly effective ideas on how to build a successful business offer entrepreneurs at any stage of their careers a huge edge over their competitors.

30 review for How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It

  1. 4 out of 5

    Henry

    The best $2.99 I've ever spent. Mark Cuban breaks it down on how he has achieved being a multi billionaire. This is not a self help book, nor a law of attraction bs. It's a practical guide on how to save as much cash as you can so when you're ready to start a business or plan your next big move, you're not tied to a loan or a bank. This book was not written with pompous hot air, unlike other millionaires who have written books on how they did it; and end up writing more about how great or how The best $2.99 I've ever spent. Mark Cuban breaks it down on how he has achieved being a multi billionaire. This is not a self help book, nor a law of attraction bs. It's a practical guide on how to save as much cash as you can so when you're ready to start a business or plan your next big move, you're not tied to a loan or a bank. This book was not written with pompous hot air, unlike other millionaires who have written books on how they did it; and end up writing more about how great or how much of a genius they are. Mark is the type of guy you'd want to grab a beer with and talk about money and sports. My favorite takeaway from this book was cash is king. He says "the only way you should fund your business is through the margins you are making or from your pocket". It's refreshing to hear since the majority of people think of raising huge amounts of money first from investors before you start a business; like making some huge bet and cashing in on an acquisition. This is the type of hype you read on business magazines but they don't write the fact that more than 90% of businesses started fail within the 1st year (http://sbinfocanada.about.com/cs/star...). Another great take is to live like a college student. You don't need to impress anyone with clothes, cars, or a fancy house that the bank owns anyways. Save cash, get a job in an industry you're interested in starting a business in, self fund your business, and be resilient. Like the book says, "you only have to be right once in the sport of business". Ps. I suggest following his blog: http://blogmaverick.com/2005/05/30/su...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Ash

    This is an e-book and the author warns readers at the beginning that it is basically a collection of blog posts edited together. Heed the warning. If scattered thoughts, occasional tangents, and unintended repetition bother you, don't read this book. If you are a young person wanting some good advice from a very wealthy individual who made his own way in the world, this is for you.

  3. 4 out of 5

    W. Whalin

    Great Content but Needs Book Production Help I read the first edition of this book from my local library. The contents are well-done and interesting from beginning to end. Yet this book needs production help. I got it from a library-where most books are only visible from the spine--yet this book has no words on the spine of the book. I suspect it has to do with the small number of pages in the book. The contents and stories in this book could have easily be expanded to make a long enough book to Great Content but Needs Book Production Help I read the first edition of this book from my local library. The contents are well-done and interesting from beginning to end. Yet this book needs production help. I got it from a library-where most books are only visible from the spine--yet this book has no words on the spine of the book. I suspect it has to do with the small number of pages in the book. The contents and stories in this book could have easily be expanded to make a long enough book to have a spine. I love Mark Cuban, his story and his valuable contribution to ABC Shark Tank. I wish someone had helped him to produce a better book--large enough with a spine that could have held the title.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nathan

    Someone raved about this book, I bought it. It's okay, but not great. It's a collection of blog posts about Cuban's business life, from early days as a kid selling TV repair franchises, tending bars, and selling software. He is a good salesman and aggressive to spot opportunities and grow his business. It was good to see that he's self-admittedly lousy with paperwork and the stuff that he has an assistant to handle; comforting that you don't have to be a do-it-all superman to succeed. The Someone raved about this book, I bought it. It's okay, but not great. It's a collection of blog posts about Cuban's business life, from early days as a kid selling TV repair franchises, tending bars, and selling software. He is a good salesman and aggressive to spot opportunities and grow his business. It was good to see that he's self-admittedly lousy with paperwork and the stuff that he has an assistant to handle; comforting that you don't have to be a do-it-all superman to succeed. The chapters/posts are about inflexion points in his career: getting the first computer job, being ripped off, growing, selling, how money has or has not changed him. It's an adequate read as a story, but the overall effect is a montage rather than a narrative. This is because each blog post has to stand alone, so they tend to hew to the "here's an anecdote, here are the [n] rules I've learned from that event" formula more than would happen were he to actually write an autobiography or an actual business book. Quick, okay read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Suwak

    I really hate the five star rating systems. The experience of reading any given book can't be so easily quantified. I very rarely give 5 stars to a book. This one would be more like 3 if we were talking about a great book to read from front to front. But, the way I used this book was to read bits and pieces while waiting for dinner, sitting on the bus, waiting in line...I just kind of nibbled at it, and in that capacity it was brilliant and a 5 star book. Mark is honest and straight forward. He I really hate the five star rating systems. The experience of reading any given book can't be so easily quantified. I very rarely give 5 stars to a book. This one would be more like 3 if we were talking about a great book to read from front to front. But, the way I used this book was to read bits and pieces while waiting for dinner, sitting on the bus, waiting in line...I just kind of nibbled at it, and in that capacity it was brilliant and a 5 star book. Mark is honest and straight forward. He doesn't discount luck as a huge part success, which is a nice change. He definitely got me thinking about a lot of things. For instance, he explains that our culture perceives "whining" as a bad thing, but it's actually a positive because it means we are continually demanding more and better for our lives. The book is definitely worth the read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Andrea James

    This is a collection of blog posts but it strings together quite well. But funnily enough maybe because they were so anecdotal and breezy, it has left less of impression on my mind than I expected. I finished it a few weeks ago but I hadn't taken the time to add this entry (or the many other books) onto Goodreads. And I'm struggling to remember the top things I took away from the book! And recently I've read or listened to a number of books/articles of ambitious, hard-working white guys who have This is a collection of blog posts but it strings together quite well. But funnily enough maybe because they were so anecdotal and breezy, it has left less of impression on my mind than I expected. I finished it a few weeks ago but I hadn't taken the time to add this entry (or the many other books) onto Goodreads. And I'm struggling to remember the top things I took away from the book! And recently I've read or listened to a number of books/articles of ambitious, hard-working white guys who have become rich and successful that the details are starting to meld into one rich white guy character! Still I remember it as being a decent readable book and I felt goaded to get better at sales and to deepen my learning of my subject areas of decision-making and food.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    "Hi. I'm Mark Cuban and I am comfortable giving you Confucius-type tips to make you the BEST YOU CAN BE! Just try really hard and keep trying and you WILL WIN! Love, billionaire Mark Cuban." But in all seriousness, though overly simplistic and cheesy at times, there are some good bits of wisdom in here. I think his brief lists are inspirational for what they are. I would like more in-depth examples of the stories that led up to those bold lines in his book for context, but obviously this is an 80 "Hi. I'm Mark Cuban and I am comfortable giving you Confucius-type tips to make you the BEST YOU CAN BE! Just try really hard and keep trying and you WILL WIN! Love, billionaire Mark Cuban." But in all seriousness, though overly simplistic and cheesy at times, there are some good bits of wisdom in here. I think his brief lists are inspirational for what they are. I would like more in-depth examples of the stories that led up to those bold lines in his book for context, but obviously this is an 80 page book and a quick turnaround buck for Mr. Cuban. He's still my favorite shark on Shark Tank and though a little arrogant in this book at times, I appreciate his brief, inspirational insights.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    If you are looking for a numerated, step by step guide to the path of billions, move along. As Mark states upfront, this is a collection of his blog posts. Which you should probably be reading already, truth be told. Mark is well known for his shoot from the hip, no bullshit, intense personality. He's not going to make hard work, damn hard work, look easy. Unless of course, like him, your blood runs thick with damn hard work. Whether you are starting college majoring in business or fifty years If you are looking for a numerated, step by step guide to the path of billions, move along. As Mark states upfront, this is a collection of his blog posts. Which you should probably be reading already, truth be told. Mark is well known for his shoot from the hip, no bullshit, intense personality. He's not going to make hard work, damn hard work, look easy. Unless of course, like him, your blood runs thick with damn hard work. Whether you are starting college majoring in business or fifty years old and tired of the grind of whatever job you have, this is a must read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Utkarsh Bhatla

    It's a compilation of Mark Cuban's blogs and it is so refreshing. Straight from the heart. Reading books, gaining a knowledge advantage has been Mark's primary reason for success. That along with his sales skills. Never undermine the power of sales and create the buzz for your product yourself(no PR firms). A light read, a must read!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    I love Mark Cuban. That's the reason I was willing to shell out the three whole dollars for this Kindle book. If you find Cuban as intelligent, entertaining, and prescient as I do, then you should too. If not, then this expanded and edited collection of his blog posts will make you think he's even more of a douche than you already do.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bakunin

    A short and interesting book about how to make it in business. My favorite quote is probably this one: "no balls, no babies".

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gil Bradshaw

    I’ve had Mark Cuban blow up (or severely derail) two business deals I’ve been involved with so I have to admit I had a bad taste in my mouth about him. I thought of him as someone who didn’t actually have smarts but who was just media-savvy and someone who just focused on building his own brand. I lumped him in with Donald Trump. This book was fantastic. The book was down-to-earth and pretty humble considering my expectations. Here are some of the insights he gave that I have found to be I’ve had Mark Cuban blow up (or severely derail) two business deals I’ve been involved with so I have to admit I had a bad taste in my mouth about him. I thought of him as someone who didn’t actually have smarts but who was just media-savvy and someone who just focused on building his own brand. I lumped him in with Donald Trump. This book was fantastic. The book was down-to-earth and pretty humble considering my expectations. Here are some of the insights he gave that I have found to be particularly true in my own experience: 1. Nobody reads the manual. If you read the manual then you will actually be way ahead of the curve intellectually (the manual is whatever applies to your circumstances). 2. Read every single day (which is also what Covey says). Cuban reads three hours every day. 3. Live like a college student. Don’t entrench yourself with debt. Live lean. Most fancy cars people drive are bank-owned. 4. Learn how to sell and obtain sales experience, no matter what field you are in. Perfect little e-book purchase.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Byron

    It's just a collection of blog posts by Mark Cuban. I know he's been blogging forever, though I've never read his blog (otherwise I wouldn't have bothered), so I'm not sure why it's so short. As long as we're just copying an pasting, why not go hog wild! Maybe the emphasis was on posts that are autobiographical in nature and posts having to do with, ahem, how to win at the sport of business. I liked the parts about when he was a young IT professional on the come up down in Dallas, living on It's just a collection of blog posts by Mark Cuban. I know he's been blogging forever, though I've never read his blog (otherwise I wouldn't have bothered), so I'm not sure why it's so short. As long as we're just copying an pasting, why not go hog wild! Maybe the emphasis was on posts that are autobiographical in nature and posts having to do with, ahem, how to win at the sport of business. I liked the parts about when he was a young IT professional on the come up down in Dallas, living on happy hour drink and bar food specials and trying to holler at chicks in his one good suit. I didn't have any use for the business advice personally, and I'm not sure how good it is anyway. It seems like the real key to winning at the sport of business is to get lucky or be related to someone who got lucky, just like the key to winning at the sport of, erm, sports is to be born bigger, stronger and faster than everyone else.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Callie Rose Tyler

    Wow, I am truly shocked at this book's high rating. It is spectacularly awful. I knew absolutely nothing about Cuban before reading, I had never even heard his name. Now I can say that I find him to be a complete and utter douche. My company bought this book for everyone to read leading up to our yearly kickoff. Almost no one finished it. It became the butt of the joke for the entire event, at least my co-workers bonded over mutual dislike, so that's something... Mark Cuban, it seems you are Wow, I am truly shocked at this book's high rating. It is spectacularly awful. I knew absolutely nothing about Cuban before reading, I had never even heard his name. Now I can say that I find him to be a complete and utter douche. My company bought this book for everyone to read leading up to our yearly kickoff. Almost no one finished it. It became the butt of the joke for the entire event, at least my co-workers bonded over mutual dislike, so that's something... Mark Cuban, it seems you are successful due to pure persistence, good for you. I however, would never aspire to be such an arrogant idiot. Your writing is absolutely painful to read, it is almost as bad as the shirtless pictures you felt were imperative to include in this pamphlet.

  15. 5 out of 5

    José Antonio Lopez

    Mark Cuban offers a tour to his mind. It is one of the best book I have read to understand the thinking of the entrepreneur. Many times we are offered books with oversold stories about successful entrepreneurs and companies. Mark gives an honest uncompromised view of his journey and thinking, what he values and how he sets priorities. As he points it out: "The point of all this is that it doesn't matter how many times you fail. It doesn't matter how many times you almost get it right. No one is Mark Cuban offers a tour to his mind. It is one of the best book I have read to understand the thinking of the entrepreneur. Many times we are offered books with oversold stories about successful entrepreneurs and companies. Mark gives an honest uncompromised view of his journey and thinking, what he values and how he sets priorities. As he points it out: "The point of all this is that 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 from them and from those around you because ... All that matters in business is that you get it right once. Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are." - Mark Cuban

  16. 5 out of 5

    Azharuddin

    First and foremost, It is not a self-help book on what you should be doing with your life and other spiritual s**t. It's a book about life-experiences of Mark Cuban starting up and falling again & again. His learning and rules that he follows in life and in business. A short book on how to kick-ass in life and have fun doing it. I'm a huge fan of Mark Cuban and like his approach to Business. Mark is unorthodox in his views, some are even extreme. This book taught me the importance of Sales First and foremost, It is not a self-help book on what you should be doing with your life and other spiritual s**t. It's a book about life-experiences of Mark Cuban starting up and falling again & again. His learning and rules that he follows in life and in business. A short book on how to kick-ass in life and have fun doing it. I'm a huge fan of Mark Cuban and like his approach to Business. Mark is unorthodox in his views, some are even extreme. This book taught me the importance of Sales and the role of customer satisfaction in business. All in all, a very good book to just motivate yourself and learn some really neat rules.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sashanka Bitra

    I loved how Mark Cuban crunched his complete business success into such a small book. Mark has been such humble to share his struggling days and how he made his things work there after. He has been true to himself and sharing it so blatantly in his book. He is not fearful of letting know of his failures, things he is not strong at doing. Mark has been very open to share his fears, his inhibitions and shows how one can learn to be fearless and expand their strengths to make big in their life. I loved how Mark Cuban crunched his complete business success into such a small book. Mark has been such humble to share his struggling days and how he made his things work there after. He has been true to himself and sharing it so blatantly in his book. He is not fearful of letting know of his failures, things he is not strong at doing. Mark has been very open to share his fears, his inhibitions and shows how one can learn to be fearless and expand their strengths to make big in their life. Happy Reading the book to learn how Mark made his dream a reality with all his fears along side. Cheers!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lillian W

    Stop, Look, and Listen to the Expert Mark Cuban is in a class of his own and when he shares his life and experiences, those who are tired of working hard as entrepreneurs day in and day out with little success should listen to him. I strongly recommend this book because there is so much to be learned from Mr. Cuban. He is a powerful teacher and is very wise. Just extract one financial concept and try to implement it. If that one is motivating you to reach a financial goal, continue using it. Then Stop, Look, and Listen to the Expert Mark Cuban is in a class of his own and when he shares his life and experiences, those who are tired of working hard as entrepreneurs day in and day out with little success should listen to him. I strongly recommend this book because there is so much to be learned from Mr. Cuban. He is a powerful teacher and is very wise. Just extract one financial concept and try to implement it. If that one is motivating you to reach a financial goal, continue using it. Then find another concept and duplicate the process.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ben Handler

    This is a concise book that I constantly go back to and review. If you like business this is a MUST READ. The words are so organic, this book was a compilation of blog posts which is why it is such a unique book. Mark Cuban is totally a self made entrepreneur who treats business as a sport, the book changes your perspective on business in a very positive way. This is not a self help book - this book simply states the facts from one of the worlds most successful entrepreneurs who is still This is a concise book that I constantly go back to and review. If you like business this is a MUST READ. The words are so organic, this book was a compilation of blog posts which is why it is such a unique book. Mark Cuban is totally a self made entrepreneur who treats business as a sport, the book changes your perspective on business in a very positive way. This is not a self help book - this book simply states the facts from one of the worlds most successful entrepreneurs who is still hustling, and still loves every minute of it . Best investment ever !

  20. 4 out of 5

    AK

    This book is a good light read that's not just for entrepreneurs. Can be completed in 3 hours and gives a high level view of his story. Would recommend if you are going from one dense book to another - it's a book that summarizes a few entrepreneurial books into some business practices/ mantras that are pretty handy, and his honest inclinations and reasoning behind what he did. Here are the most important points that I found while reading the book, which also summarizes it well: goo.gl/HdOVbH

  21. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Elkins

    Great Read How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It is a great read. Mark Cuban's enthusiasm and passion for the world of business is incredibly inspiring. I thoroughly enjoyed the blog layout of this book. In addition, Cuban's personal stories were written with wit that allows for anyone to connect, whether a CEO of a huge company or a college undergrad. I would recommend this to all people seeking business advice or even to those seeking a little inspiration. Excellent Great Read How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It is a great read. Mark Cuban's enthusiasm and passion for the world of business is incredibly inspiring. I thoroughly enjoyed the blog layout of this book. In addition, Cuban's personal stories were written with wit that allows for anyone to connect, whether a CEO of a huge company or a college undergrad. I would recommend this to all people seeking business advice or even to those seeking a little inspiration. Excellent job, Mr. Cuban!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I'm a big fan of Mark Cuban, especially since he saved the St. Paddy's Day parade in Dallas this year. I feel like he's very good for the city and brings a positive energy. I enjoyed reading this book, and wish it had been around 20 years ago. I think it has some great nuggets of wisdom from someone just starting out in their career, and think those of us who have been around for a few years can use these nuggets as well.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Abugosh

    This book is harmless enough I guess. It gives a look into how Mark Cuban thinks, so I guess it's ok. Just don't expect any life altering business advice, or anything you haven't heard a million times, but I guess it's good to be reminded, and like he says, "If he can do it, anyone can do it!" (Also, I found it funny how we has trouble remembering so many small details. Couldn't he have rung up those people and asked or at least done a little research if he forgot?)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amith Guthi

    When an entrepreneur tells you something, you sit down , take notes and try to inculcate what he says. Mark Cuban's 'How to win the Sport of Business' is one such book that you;d want to read again and again. It's an easy read , but by no means 'just another read'. Three things that stood out for me in this book : 1. Law of least resistance 2. Twelve Cuban Mantra for Success 3. You've got to get it right only once ! Pick this book and do yourself a favour ! :)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alex Devero

    Anyone can turn their dreams into real success, but it takes a lot of hard work. Stay dedicated, even if it means sleeping on a friend’s floor. Shoot for something realistic before breaking into your dream field, but never stop trying to get better and remember to pace yourself. Don’t forget that customers are the most important part of any business and, when the time is right, feel free to whine. If Mark Cuban did it, so can you!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Luis Moreira

    It's simple, short, OK book. You can almost read it in 3 hours and you get to know what's on the mind of this entrepreneur from his early stages. I like his stories as a software salesman and some ideas and life lessons. It's a good book to motivate and add some joy on our everyday work, but in no way this book is worth 10. It's just too expensive. That's why I give 3 stars, other wise I would rate it 4 stars. It's simple, short, OK book. You can almost read it in 3 hours and you get to know what's on the mind of this entrepreneur from his early stages. I like his stories as a software salesman and some ideas and life lessons. It's a good book to motivate and add some joy on our everyday work, but in no way this book is worth 10€. It's just too expensive. That's why I give 3 stars, other wise I would rate it 4 stars.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Frederick Ford

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in getting a job they love. I like Mark Cuban; I like his philosophy of life. I am happy for his success. I found the book well written and reflected his personality. I want both my grandsons to read this book; I am convinced that it will help them. I read the book in two days; I would have read it in one day, but I had prior commitments.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Beachpig

    Offers some sage advice as to how to win in business in general. Discussing the business aspects of sports, he is more open than the countless CEOs that do not share with anyone. He doesn't consider anything to be a secret and genuinely desires to share his experience with others to encourage and help guide them to be equally if not more successful. A quick read. Love him or hate him (you're just jealous if you do), he has truly lived every sports fans dream.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Samara

    Some good parts, some that didn't resonate with me personally. I think he's 1000000% right about how important it is to SELL and have sales experience. And if you don't know what you want to do, or don't know how to get to your dream job, start in sales. I did, and it set me up for where I am today. He also has strong points for not listening to your customers, which I found interesting, and some great one liners I look forward to adding to my roster, like "no balls, no babies".

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alvaro Berrios

    A fun, entertaining and educational book to read. It won't change your life, but you do learn some valuable lessons, even if if you're not an entrepreneur. You can read all in one sitting, plus it's cheap so it's one of those "might as well" books. If you have 3 hours and 7 bucks to spare, you stand very little to lose.

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