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  • File Size: 1786 KB
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  • Publisher: Diversion Books (November 21, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 21, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006AX6ONI
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84 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Lowery on 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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52 of 60 people found the following review helpful By TheDream on November 21, 2011
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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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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Mackey on 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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31 of 41 people found the following review helpful By M Flash on 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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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By GBSmith on February 4, 2014
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Who gave this book a 4 or 5 stars? This was one of the poorest written books EVER. The title is supposed to summarize what the book will deliver. The readers digest of it was:
Blah blah blah, I was poor. Blah blah blah, I had a few crummy jobs and got fired a lot. Blah blah blah, I got the first job in Dallas selling PC software. I read the manuals so they thought I was smart. Blah blah blah, I got fired for closing a deal (?). Then I started my own store and my secretary skrewed me out of almost 100k, but I didn’t bother to call the cops(?). I decided to read a lot of PC magazines and Presto! I sold the business for a zillion dollars. Then he goes on and tells you what you already know – work hard, sweat a lot, never get involved in a two front war…
And other chapters like:
You only have to buy the book once.
Just remember it’s okay if you live in your parents basement, I have a lifetime pass on United…
Never listen to your customers (You can’t make this stuff up)…

That - in a nut shell my friends - is $9 worth of entertainment.
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