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Flailings of a Promoter
on June 15, 2015
HOW TO WIN AT THE SPORT OF BUSINESS
A short book report by Ron Housley
Cuban is not quite as sharp as Andrew Breitbart, but he undertook to share with us (brag?) about being the same type of big drinker and partier in college as Breitbart — as the recommended foundation for entrepreneurial success.
I spent enough time at Indiana University to be a honorary Hoosier. IU gave me my start, you could say; and like a lot of alums, I take pleasure in seeing the successes of Bobby Knight, Janos Starker and even Mark Cuban.
I guess there was no misrepresentation here: this is a collection of blog-posts masquerading as a bona-fide “book.” The narratives are loosely connected together by a few common threads, but the content has clearly not been conceived to be part of a whole.
When Charles Krauthammer puts together a life-time of columns and essays and it becomes a national best-seller, at least the individual pieces are polished and present themselves with an air of integrity.
Nonetheless, we have here a flailing about of a successful individual; but there must be some “take-aways” for us here, like: investing 3 hours every day to read/study will help create an edge on the competition; don’t waste your time playing fantasy sports;
But Cuban is clear to tell us that he doesn’t read fiction (the same waste of time as playing fantasy sports) — and I suspect that he hasn’t discovered, or figured out, the soul nourishing aspect of exposure to other art forms, either. You could say it’s Cuban’s loss; you could suspect that a life devoid of exposure to fiction would be less dimensional, in spite of it being nourished by great wealth.
Note to Cuban: imagine the heights if only you made available to yourself the emotional fuel that comes from exposure to great art, including fiction.
And then he ends up with folksy tidbits of advice for us: like, have a gratitude list (“you are going to enjoy x”); like, know your core competencies and focus on those; like, time is more valuable than money. You know, that kind of thing. “Be the best!” And to think: we could have picked up one of those motivational self-help books.