Mark Cuban's How to Win at BusinessI have been reading some business books lately in between my history/biographies.  I picked up Mark Cuban’s  How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It on Amazon for the kindle for $1.99. It was a quick read but I cannot believe the advice and ideas that it has spawned for me. I highly recommend this for anyone who works for a living.

Some of the best advice I found.

Use EVERY opportunity that comes your way to learn. Use this knowledge to get/stay ahead of your competition.

I have long believed that you should constantly build your knowledge of what ever it is you do in business.  It will open doors, always.

It is never too late to find your passion/start your career/have a big idea. In business, it doesn’t matter how many times you “fail”. You only need to “get it right” once to start your path to success.

You can do anything you put your mind to it.  You only have to be right once in business to become better off.

People will ALWAYS choose the path of least resistance.

I have had this same thought forever.  Mark manages to explain it better.  Mark uses business case scenarios in his life that prove that the easier it is for the customer to do business with you the better off your business will be.  Going along with Christiansens’ Disruptive Innovation ideas is that a company that makes it easier for the customer will always win and disrupt the business of the competition.

In my mind it also means that people at work always choose the easiest way out when possible and when unmotivated.  I think I could write a book on this point just from my day job.

Whining is the first step towards change. It’s the moment when you realize something is very wrong and that you have to take the initiative to do something about it. Sure, criticism usually comes along with the territory. Who cares?

This is brilliant or maybe it fits my mantra.  I complain because I want to and believe that I can change the situation.  I can’t do those things if those higher in the food chain than I don’t know there is a problem.