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How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It [Kindle Edition]

Mark Cuban
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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 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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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of valuable information at a great price! November 26, 2011
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While it is true that Mark Cuban's eBook "How to Win at the Sport of Business" is simply a compilation of his blog posts (which are all available online for free), this book has something that his blog doesn't. Editing. I've read a number of his blog posts over the years and a few things are clear to me: 1) Mark is a smart, successful guy. 2) He has a lot of good ideas and information in his head and he's willing to share what he knows with anyone willing to take the time to read what he writes. 3) He's not a great writer. (His blog is filled with typos and weird punctuation issues.)

Thankfully, this book has been edited. The punctuation errors so common on his blog have been fixed, and most typos corrected (though there are still a few, and in some of the storytelling parts he changes from present tense to past tense). The blog posts have also been arranged in a logical way so that this book reads very comfortably as a complete book. That said, my biggest complaint about this book is also the editing. There is one blog post that appears twice (with different titles though). I don't know how someone misses something like that.

Small quirks aside, this book is a good, fast read filled with lots of valuable information. There is by no means anything earth shattering here, but there is plenty of useful information for anyone running a business or thinking of starting one.
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful
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Every since I started reading Mark Cuban's weblog, BlogMaverick.com, I've been emailing links of my favorite posts to my employees and business associates. I subscribe to it on my RSS feed and typically read every entry within a matter of hours. So when I saw Mark's entry on Facebook that he had produced an ebook for sale, I bought it without a second thought. I must admit, I read the foreword and was immediately irritated to learn that the ebook was simply a collection of his most popular posts, many of which I'd read 10x over. Oh well, it's $2.99 as I read his first post which he discusses his humble beginnings coming to Dallas as a broke college grad. 5 hours later, I'm finished with the book and I'm convinced that was probably the best $3 I've spent on a book. If you're a blogmaverick reader his old posts have been updated with details and commentary that you will find very interesting and if you're not a blog maverick reader, you will no do doubt find find inspiration and more importantly, practical advice that applies to any business.

What I have always found most impressive about Mark is how little he cares about what people think about and how passionate he is about getting 'IT' right. This book arranges his rags to riches tale in a chronological order that will be of great practical use to any entrepreneur.

One thing I've felt throughout this NBA Lockout and ever more so after reading this ebook is that Mark Cuban must be going absolutely insane sitting in these 'business meetings' over the NBA's labor issues with dinosaurs like Billy Hunter and David Stern. I'll borrow a quote from his post "Twelve Cuban Mantra for Success":

"11. Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered
This is one I got from my partner Todd Wagner. He is right on.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It worked immediately! March 23, 2012
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I just read the section "Why entrepreneurs shouldn't use a PR firm" last weekend and I was inspired to send out my own email to local media. I used the format provided and sent one out to all of the local TV stations and newspapers on behalf of my company artconnect.ca

This proved to be an excellent plan! Today a rep from the leading morning TV talk show in my city (Edmonton) called me. They want to feature my company on their show on April 13th. This is HUGE exposure.

Thanks so much for the inspiration. Reading this gave me the confidence to take publicity into my own hands.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars He got us a Championship, How can you hate it? December 2, 2011
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Its a good book, definitely worth the two fidy. Half of what youd pay for a vanity fair at the airport. There are some worthwhile ideas and definitely sheds some light into Cubans outlook on things. He's a smart guy.

Two things to remember though.

Cuban is smarter most people. So this whole If I can do it so can you is a little misleading.

Second thing to remember with Cuban is that luck (timing) had a huge part in him making his dough. Without which he would be just a rich dallas guy worth 10-20mm, no Mavs, no Celebrity, and I dare say no G5.

He definitely got out there and in the right position when he sold Broadcast, but make no mistake, Broadcast wouldnt be worth a plug nickel today. Cuban was smart enough to sell at the top, but it wasn't like he was a Rockefeller or Gates who created something with long term value (although he did this with the Mavs). He sold into the bubble right before it burst, and has been enjoying it even since. Well played sir.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the WORST... March 31, 2013
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Fans of Cuban will enjoy this...but there's not much there. Having watched him on Shark Tank and having been time and again impressed with his knowledge of both the technical AND commonsense aspects of business, I was somewhat disappointed to find that this book read like a series of motivational posters (or, I suppose, blog posts--as that is the source material here). But because it doesn't promise to be a text book and it does deliver a BIT of Cuban's business genius, it merits a positive (if just barely) review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource
A simple and easy read that ha zero fat and gets straight to the point. If you want solid insights quickly without reading 800 pages. This is the book for you.
Published 5 hours ago by Lin Fahrenheit
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reading for a plane flight
Interesting guy would have liked more detail but good reading for a plane flight.
Published 1 day ago by Fred R Lambert
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
short but inspiring!
Published 2 days ago by AmericanFear
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Quick. Insightful. And definitely a must read. I highly recommend it for anyone entrepreneurial or confused. You only have to be right once.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This book has a lot of good advice on becoming successful and what is actually takes to run a business. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Leon Da-Silva
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book!
Published 3 days ago by Colorado Buyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and Basic
Having read many motivational and business books throughout the years, I found this one to be simple and straightforward . Each chapter can be read independent of the other. Read more
Published 3 days ago by JD
5.0 out of 5 stars 100% worth the money
This book is a great read. I personally think it helped me decide what I want to do In life.
Published 4 days ago by Matthew
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Mark Cuban is an interesting person who has lead an life in business definitely worth learning about.
Published 5 days ago by Stuart Gamble
5.0 out of 5 stars you only have to be right once
It doesn't matter how many times you fail at business, no one keeps score you only have to be right once to be a successful entrepreneur. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Walkeen
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