‘Shark Tank’s’ Mark Cuban Says These 2 Sentences Are The Best Advice He’s Ever Gotten
Mark Cuban is one of Shark Tank‘s most coveted investors. Earning his own money since he was a kid, the billionaire is a firm believer in working hard for your success. Cuban often shares words of wisdom to aspiring business owners on the ABC reality show, and has previously revealed some invaluable insight he still considers to be the best advice he’s received to date.
Practices what he preaches
Cuban has always put his nose to the grindstone, holding down a plethora of jobs throughout his youth. Starting his own business at just 12 years old selling garbage bags door to door, the tech guru launched his venture because he wanted a pair of expensive sneakers and his father told him he would have to earn the money himself.
“I would literally go door to door to door: ‘Hi, does your family use garbage bags?’ And who could say no?” Cuban recalled, as reported by Business Insider. “So that’s where I learned to sell. Literally.”
In college, Cuban donned his dancing shoes to teach students how to boogie. “I got paid $25 an hour back then to teach [disco] dancing to sororities,” Cuban said, according to CNBC. “It was the best job ever. I mean, $25 an hour, are you kidding me? I’d take that job now.”
When he wanted to make his mark in the tech space, Cuban made it his mission to educate himself on everything about the industry. “I was relentless in learning new tech as it came out. If it had anything to do with the PC or networking industry I was on top of it,” Cuban told Entrepreneur in 2012. “I bought manuals. I read every book and magazine. Then I would get involved with industry conferences and put myself out there.”
Two life-changing sentences
Cuban often imparts advice he learned from his dad. He credits his father for sharing two simple sentences that he considers invaluable. “Today is the youngest you will ever be. Live like it.”
The Shark Tank star sees the genius in the statement, advising people to appreciate the ‘here and now.’ “His point was that as we reach bigger numbers we tend to think we are old,” Cuban said, according to Business Insider. “Then we look back and realize just how young we were and didn’t experience things we wanted to do because we felt we were old.”
Cuban looks at the advice as a specific mindset that can lead to motivation and achievement. “It’s all a matter of perspective. Today is the youngest you will ever be,” he shared. “But it also feels like the oldest, because it is. You’ve never been older. But you’ll also never be younger.”
Try to avoid having to say this
As a successful business icon who also owns an NBA team, Cuban has always believed in pushing yourself to attain your dreams rather than wasting time with procrastination. “Think about one thing you dreamed of doing five or 10 years ago but didn’t work to accomplish, and think about how good you’d be today at that one thing if you had,” he said. “Think about all the time you wasted and can never get back.”
Cuban suggests an incentive to avoid putting off what needs to be done in order to achieve your goals. “Starting today, push yourself to do what you hope to do, so five or 10 years from now you won’t look back with regret,” he advised. “Make sure you never have to say, ‘If I had only … ‘”
Offering proactive tips, Cuban advocates putting together an action plan and sticking with it. “Live like today is the youngest you will ever be. Because it is. Set a goal. Create a process that supports your goal. Then ruthlessly track your progress,” he recommended. “Fix what doesn’t work. Improve and repeat what does. Refine and revise and adapt and work hard every day to be better than you were yesterday.”
With a net worth of 3.7 billion today, according to Forbes, Cuban clearly knows what he’s talking about.