The Shark Tank EU investor also shares their best productivity and focus tips.
In a question-and-answer session with , the businessman, investor, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and star of Shark Tank United States Mark Cuban He shared his daily routine, early business hours, best productivity tip, and the best advice he’s ever received.
How do you start your day
Read and reply to my emails that came in that evening and check the stock markets over a coffee with healthy Alyssa biscuits.
How do you finish it?
I take my kids to sleep and spend an hour on the elliptical while I watch basketball games.
What is the book that changed your mind and why?
The master algorithmby Pedro Domingos. Nobody convinced me it was time to get into the artificial intelligence business.
What is one book you always recommend and why?
The innovator’s dilemmaby Clayton M. Christensen. No company takes this for granted.
What is your recommended strategy for staying focused?
Always remember why you started and what you ultimately want to achieve.
What did you want to be when you were a boy?
Baseball or basketball players.
What did you learn from the worst boss you ever had?
He was more concerned with looking good than getting results. Actually, I had two who were like that. They knew where to buy expensive suits, but they had no idea how to sell.
Who has influenced your work ethic the most?
My father. He always wanted me to have what he never had, and that’s why he constantly struggled to give me the confidence to try things and never be afraid of failure.
Did any of your early work teach you something important or useful that you wanted to share?
I’ve been selling door-to-door garbage bags and I’ve found that selling is about helping the customer and getting a “NO” isn’t a big deal.
“Always think about why you started and what you ultimately want to achieve,” Mark Cuban / Image: Depositphotos.com
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Today you are the youngest you will ever be. Live like this. My dad always said that as we get more years and more goals we tend to think we’re older. Then we look back and find that we missed opportunities just because we felt older than we really were.
What’s the worst advice you’ve ever been given?
That investment in the streaming industry was a stupid idea.
What productivity advice can you give our readers?
Hold meetings at work only when absolutely necessary.