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How Mark Cuban Came to Rule the Mavs, the 'Shark Tank,' and the World at Large

11 high-level secrets behind the billionaire investor's winning ways.
How Mark Cuban Came to Rule the Mavs, the 'Shark Tank,' and the World at Large

In his debut monthly column for Men’s Fitness, everyone’s favorite billionaire investor, NBA owner, TV star, fitness fiend, and all-around guy’s guy reveals the very high-level secrets behind his winning ways.

Mark Cuban is a businessman, investor, and owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks. Follow him on Twitter.

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Smartest? A plane. It is obviously brutally expensive, but time is the one asset we simply don’t own. It saves me hours and hours. And the dumbest? Let’s see... if I could remember them, I could list you a couple hundred bar tabs with my buddies.

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“Enough” is what it takes to not worry about the bills. “A lot” is enough that you never have to worry about working again. “Fuck you” money means you can rent a jet to go wherever you want, whenever you want, and no party is out of reach. “Fuck everyone” money means you can have your favorite band in your backyard, not care how much it costs, and lend them your jet to get there.

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By whether or not the person started a company around it. Ideas are worthless until you do something with them.

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I grind harder than anyone.

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Are you kidding me? Wouldn’t change a damn thing.

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Family, time, being nice, not being stressed are things that make a difference. Trying to have more than the next guy isn’t.

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Shoot baskets.

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Have a vision for the company. Know what it takes to get there, and share that with your employees and customers. Realize you’re responsible for everything. Be involved in sales. Understand that your employees have goals that may not match yours. You have to give them a reason to adapt to the vision. Be nice and reduce the stress of those around you. Nice always works better.

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