Mark Cuban had a pretty hardcore post on his approach to the “Sport of Business.” In this post he outlines his perspective on the mentality of a person seeking to compete in the business world. Definitely a must-read for folks interested in being/staying entrepreneurs. This reminds me of a quote from John Madden, “good quarterbacks have short memories.” You can’t glow in your past success, or ruminate in mistakes you have made – you have to run each play like it’s your first.
Here is a brief excerpt:
In sports, you know who your opponents are. You know when you are going to play a game. You know pretty much how long the game will last. It’s mentally and physically exhausting if you are at the top of the game, but it still pails at the effort required to be successful in business.
The sport of business isn’t divided into games. It’s not defined by practices. It doesn’t have set rules that everyone plays by.
The sport of business is the ultimate competition. It’s 7x24x365xforever.
I love the sport of business. I love the competition. I love the fire of it. It’s the feeling of the clock winding down, the ball is in your hands, and if you hit the shot you win…all day, every day.
Relaxing is for the other guy. I may be sitting in front of the TV, but I’m not watching it unless I think there is something I can learn from it. I’m thinking about things I can use in my business and the TV is just there.
This guy is an animal. It doesn’t hurt that he is from Pittsburgh. 🙂