A few years ago the owner of the Dallas Mavericks (not to mention producer of The Vault and investor on Shark Tank) Mark Cuban released a new book. At the time that Cuban released ‘How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It‘ he was picking up a lot of press, and the book has since gone on to be one of the best selling Business & Motivation books of the past decade. Mark Cuban is worth an estimate $3 BILLION (that’s dollars, not doll hairs). So when he throws around advice on how to start a business it’s probably worth paying attention to.
Amongst the press that ‘How to Win at the Sport of Business‘ picked up was an excerpt post over on Entreprenuer.com in which Mark Cuban listed his 12 cardinal rules for startups. Recently that post was resurfaced and put into image form, which you can see below:
Here they are from Entrepreneur.com, if that was difficult for you to read:
1. Don’t start a company unless it’s an obsession and something you love.
2. If you have an exit strategy, it’s not an obsession.
3. Hire people who you think will love working there.
4. Sales Cure All.
5. Know your core competencies and focus on being great at them.
6. An espresso machine? Are you kidding me? Coffee is for closers.
7. No offices.
8. As far as technology, go with what you know.
9. Keep the organization flat.
10. Never buy swag.
11. Never hire a PR firm.
12. Make the job fun for employees.
To buy this book ‘How to Win at the Sport of Business‘ on Amazon you can just follow that link. The Kindle version only costs $4.49 and the Paperback will only set you back $9.99. So if you’re in the market for a good business read you came to the right place, and you should REALLY buy that book and think about putting his advice into practice.