Success and Motivation, Part 1

Success and Motivation

I did it too. I drove by big houses and would wonder who lived there. What did they do for a living? How did they make their money? Someday, I would tell myself, I would live in a house like that. Every weekend I would do it.

I read books about successful people. In fact, I read every book or magazine I could get my hands on. I would tell myself 1 good idea would pay for the book and could make the difference between me making it or not.

I worked jobs I didn’t like. I worked jobs I loved, but had no chance of being a career. I worked jobs that barely paid the rent. I had so many jobs my parents wondered if I would be stable. Most of them aren’t on my resume anymore because I was there so short a time or they were so stupid I was embarrassed. You don’t want to write about selling powdered milk or selling franchises for TV repair shops. In every job, I would justify it in my mind whether I loved it or hated it that I was getting paid to learn and every experience would be of value when I figured out what I wanted to do when I grew up.

If I ever grew up, I hoped to run my own business some day. It’s exactly what I told myself every day. In reality, I had as much doubt as confidence. I was just hoping the confidence would win over the doubt and it would all work out for the best.

I remember being 24 years old, living in Dallas in a 3-bedroom apartment with 5 other friends. This wasn’t a really nice place we all kicked in to move up for. This place has since been torn down. Probably condemned. I didn’t have my own bedroom. I slept on the couch or floor depending on what time I got home. I had no closet. Instead I had a pile that everyone knew was mine. My car had the usual hole in the floorboard, a ’77 FIAT X19 that burned a quart of oil that I couldn’t afford every week.

To make matters worse, because I was living on happy hour food, and the 2 beers cover charge, I was gaining weight like a pig. My confidence wasn’t at an all time high. I was having fun. Don’t get me wrong. I truly was having a blast. Great friends, great city, great energy, pretty girls. Ok, the pretty girls had no interest in my fat and growing ass at the time, but that’s another story….

I was motivated to do something I loved. I just wasn’t sure what it was. I made a list of all the different jobs I would love to do. (I still have it.) The problem was that I wasn’t qualified for any of them. But I needed to pay the bills.

I finally got a job working as a bartender at a club. A start, but it wasn’t a career. I had to keep on looking during the day.

About a week later I answered a want ad out of the newspaper for someone to sell PC Software at the first software retail store in Dallas. The ad was actually placed by an employment agency. The fee was to be paid by the company, so I gave it a shot.

I put on my interview face, and of course my interview suit, which just happened to be one of my 2 polyester suits that I had bought for the grand total of 99 dollars. Thank god for 2-fer, 2-fer, 2-fer madness at the local mens clothing store. Grey Pinstripe. Blue Pinstripe. Didn’t matter if it rained, those drops just rolled down the back of those suits. I could crumple them. They bounced right back. Polyester, the miracle fabric.

I wish I could say the blue suit and my interview skills impressed the employment agency enough to set up the interview with the software store. In reality, not many had applied for the job and the agency wanted the fee so they would have sent anyone over to interview. I didn’t care.

I pulled out the grey for my interview at Your Business Software. I was fired up. It was my shot to get into the computer business, one of the industries I had put on my list!

I remember the interview well. Michael Humecki the Prez, and Doug (don’t remember his last name), his partner double-teamed me. Michael did most of the talking to start. He asked me if I had used PC software before. My total PC experience at the time was on the long forgotten TI/99A that had cost me 79 dollars. I used it to try to teach myself Basic while recovering from hangovers and sleeping on the floor while my roommates were at work. They weren’t impressed.

I was trying to pull out every interview trick I knew. I went through the spiel about how I was a good salesperson, you know the part of the interview where you are basically begging for a job, using code phrases like “I care about the customer”, “I promise to work really, really hard” and “I will do whatever it takes to be successful”. Unfortunately, I was getting that “well if no one else applies for the job, maybe” look from Michael.

Finally, Doug spoke up. He asked me. “What do you do if a customer has a question about a software package and you don’t know the answer?” All of the possible answers raced through my mind. I had to ask myself if this was the “honesty test question” you know where they want to see if you will admit to things you don’t know. Is this some trick technology question and there is an answer everyone but me knows? After who knows how long, I blurted out that “I would look it up in the manual and find the answer for them.” Ding, ding, ding…Doug just loved this answer.

Michael wasn’t as convinced, but he then asked me the question I was dying to hear: “Would you not go back to the employment agency at all, so when we hire you we don’t have to pay the fee?” I was in.

What does all this mean? Nothing yet. It was just fun to tell. You have to wait till part 2, if you care, and if there is a part two. Right now, it’s much more important that I go play with my daughter.

93 thoughts on “Success and Motivation, Part 1

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  2. MOTIVES are needs or desires that cause us to act. The famous psychologist, Abraham Maslow, talked about our five hierarchical levels of needs; physiological, safety and security, recognition, self-esteem, and self-actualization. He said that our lower level needs must be met before we have the desire and motivation to work on meeting our higher level needs. For example, at some point in your life, you may wish for a job it will allow you to buy food to eat, and a house in which to live; later you may want success for which people will recognize you as a successful person. As you move up Maslow’s hierarchy, you might begin to wish for success simply because it will make you feel good about yourself. Finally, you might wish for career success because it represents who you want to be. At that point, we might say that in that realm of your life you are a self-actualized person.

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  3. I had a similar experience when I interviewed with IBM as an intern – honesty won the position and hard works keeps me growing and learning – found this on the http://www.Bigwinner.com blog – off to read more :)

    Comment by Cyndee Haydon -

  4. Mark, thanks for sharing your story…we all have stories; however, yours is such an inspiration and encouragement to those of us who take the time to read it.

    Thanks again!! You\’re one of my big heros and it is a joy to see how you have turned the Mavericks around. I remember the days when I had call on my friends to fill front row seats for a previous owner who was also my employer.

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  5. I read this two years ago and it was gold. A lot of great things have happened since then and this series is still gold. Thank you.

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  6. What a teaser! Yeah, let\’s hear part 2 already!!

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  7. OK, I am going to read part two, but I have to admit that when i stumbled across this page in the search engines, this wasn’t the story i was expecting. But I am now curious to see the finish…

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  10. I find myself continuously rivited to any story you share about getting to where you are now. Does any of this make sense? If not, oh well!! I still find myself rooting for the Mavs!! Maybe it’s because my first car was a 1974 Ford Maverick. So yes, I have a soft spot for the Mavs!! With that being said, go Mavs!!!!! If you win this series I think you should win it all!!

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  13. I asked Millie, the wise little old-Italian lady whom I caught bait for (she owned a bait shop), why Millie? Why do you keep doing this instead of relaxing and taking it easier. She didn’t need the money. Her answer was, “I have to finish the “Dance”. Hmmm?.. Thanks, Millie.

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  14. Time to make the move to the Big Town, I wish you would buy the Knicks!

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  15. Mark
    Thanks for posting your story. It is very inspiring. I’m a high school Biology teacher. I can’t wait to get back to school and tell the kids about your site.

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  16. Mark-

    I find myself continuously rivited to any story you share about getting to where you are now. Does any of this make sense? If not, oh well!! I still find myself rooting for the Mavs!! Maybe it’s because my first car was a 1974 Ford Maverick. So yes, I have a soft spot for the Mavs!! With that being said, go Mavs!!!!! If you win this series I think you should win it all!!

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  17. “Michael wasn’t as convinced, but he then asked me the question I was dying to hear: ‘Would you not go back to the employment agency at all, so when we hire you we don’t have to pay the fee?’ I was in.”

    What a surprise.

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  18. I was just driving through Dallas today, looking at all the wonderful homes with kids playing in the yard, and panicking that I wouldn’t ever be able to provide any sort of life for my daughter – who is only 3 months old. I’m a single mother, getting no support from anyone – and I’m working for one of those bosses who takes credit for my work under the guise of “we are a department here.. not an individual” and that’s fine.. but I keep wondering how I’m going to get that big break. Anyway – being reminded that things can get good just as fast as they got bad is exactly what I needed today. I think I’ll go hug a baby and cheer up!

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  19. talk about inspiration.

    thanks mark!

    kick some sacramento ass!

    Comment by Luis F. Escalante -

  20. Very good stuff!

    It’s nice to see those who have known success providing inspiration and leadership to those of us who are searching out our version of success.

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  21. You do a guest appearance on the Simpsons! A possible storyline could have Mark Cuban hiring Homer Simpson to be the General Manager of the Dallas Mavericks – let the hilarity ensue.

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  22. It’s really inspiring to hear that you were once looking up at the houses, dreaming it might be you. I know a lot of us have done that. There’s a lot of busting one’s ass between the sidewalk and the front door, but it’s doable. It’s a message that needs to be repeated more often.

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  23. Hi Mark! Thanks for sharing this part of your life with us. You must write a Part 2! Your story gives me hope.

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  24. Reading this outstanding blog reminds me of myself — looking for a job, not knowing what I want to do w/ myself in a horrible economy! It’s inspiring to know someone has made millions can relate to average Joe, talking about the horror of going on job interviews!
    Can’t wait for Part 2!

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  25. My husband and I went through alot of the same things, times were hard, we plugged away for 20 years building up to a Family of four, nice home, not a million dollar home, but nice home.
    The times of the 90′s here in TX took us for a ride. We went through 2 job downsizing. Took all our savings to venture out on our own, money ran out before our venture took off, could not afford to keep the house.
    So here we go again, dust ourselves off, pick us back up and start all over again. We will do it. Waiting for part two.

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  26. I love reading stories of successful people too. This morning I was driving by a nice neighborhood in the Bay Area and I exactly thought about the same thing–one day I will live in this $1 million house! Well, I am 28, hopefully not too late yet. Mark, pls share some more of your experience.

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  27. I love reading stories of successful people too. This morning I was driving by a nice neighborhood in the Bay Area and I exactly thought about the same thing–one day I will live in this $1 million house! Well, I am 28, hopefully not too late yet. Mark, pls share some more of your experience.

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  28. How close did some of us come to a “Rags-to-Riches” story of our own?
    Thanks Mark for the opportunity that I got to just dream a little dream. It was nice. I did a lot of good things with that Million BUCKS although it was all in my mind. It was nice to dream.

    Jeff Saunders
    The Gay Redneck from Georgia

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  29. Mark, I admire your honesty and hardwork.

    I have had my share of crappy jobs. In fact, that is all I have ever had. I lost my last job in February and am looking now. I thought it might have been some kind of “destiny” that I lost my job and then tried out for your show, The Benefactor. I got pretty far but then didnt make the final cut.

    I am going to be persistent though and keep on trying. I love reality TV. I am the biggest Survivor fan and The Amazing Race rocks!

    So Mark, for what ever reason, I was not chosen. But like Archie Boy, I want to be on your show!

    You gotta give me an “A” for effort and persistence. My friends and family all laughed at me when I tried out and then when I started through the semi final steps I got a whole new respect from everyone. I almost made it.

    In business you have to “ask for the sale”. So I will ask/beg ……..
    Wanna give me another chance to be on your show? or at least a job with the Mavericks!

    Jeff Saunders
    The Gay Redneck from Georgia

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  30. The majority of “rags to riches” stories are just like Mark’s. I have read enough books, magazine articles and the such to be able to make that statement. Seems to me the message is…What is the WORST thing that could happen if one shows a little spunk and creates a little bit of luck? Mark is an inspiration for those who have the spunk (and are willing to look for/create/fake some luck) to take the risk on themselves. By the way – thank goodness we had some spunk to beat the boys from Sac tonight. Thanks Mark! Meg

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  31. I just found your blog, and I must say that I think its cool that you take time to do this. I am in the 2-fer stage in my life (Senior in college), and it helps to hear stories from successful people such as yourself.

    I really liked Part I, and I’m looking forward to Part II. Oh yeah, don’t listen to the guy (Bob DuBois, Posted April 24, 12:34pm) who criticized you and said you need to improve your grammar…he misspelled “publishing” (publising).

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  32. what makes this blog unique is that Mark says what he wants and DOES NOT SLEEP ON IT.

    Perhaps there are some things that he may regret the next day…iif you feel as if you shouldn’t say something- you probably should go ahead and say it.

    I’m sure hours after posting his donald trump post he thought, “hmmm…maybe i shouldn’t have done that.”

    But he did- and thats what makes this unique.

    As far as grammar and such, Mark is no doubt a busy man. He, much like anyone else, doesn’t have time to go over everything 10 times. So ease up.

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  33. I love your blog. You always make me think about things and believe that dreams are within reach. This was a great entry.

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  34. Thanks Mark, for the nod let’s see if these people can recognize a chance when they see it.
    Why don’t you simply ask for a mansion? I put an ad in the paper offering free demolition and guess what? Mansions! Do you think you will be happy with a mansion? What would you do to get one? Would you mind just doing carpentry for it? Sounds funny don’t it but I have set up a site where anyone can get a mansion. The mansion itself costs $1 but you actually have to do some work to get it, funnily enough I show you how to do that too. Most of you dinks wouldn’t know an opportunity if it bit you in the ass. This may not get you on TV but then again some of you said you just wanted a mansion so here is your once in a lifetime opportunity, what are going to do with it. http://www.historicrelocations.com, after you read the site you will see what can be done with an idea and almost no money.

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  35. That was an interesting read. I want to start my own business one day, too, even though I’m pretty young right now and have a couple years before university. I love the way you write your entries, they’re funny and straightforward. You’re leaving me hanging here! I’m waiting around for part two!

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  36. If chris mckeever actually made the show I WILL NOT BE WATCHING!!! I saw the way he answered those questions Mark said he doesn’t want someone who is going to be conservative with the money. Mckeever said he would give his money to his friends and family. Chris if you made it it’s because you kissed MARK’S BUTT!!! There are thousands of people who are more interesting than you, and will make a lot better t.v. If you made the show I have to believe that the show is rigged!!!

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  37. Even though I don’t live in a huge fancy house like Mark does, I also went through the periods of my life where I didn’t know if I could afford to go to Taco Bell. Sometimes it’s good to remember these times to make me appreciate all that I have.

    I have a car with air conditioning and power locks and windows, and I have a killer loft and a great husband who holds my hand during Mavericks games and puts up with the fact that when we get there I eventually go, “There he is!” and my husband goes, who, Nash? Finley? And I go, “No, MARK CUBAN!” (Sports stars, feh, give me the computer geek!) You can’t really ask for more than that.

    Bob, just so you know, there have been many people out there who take jobs behind the back of their employement agencies. My excuse is that I was young and hungry and would have done almost anything for a job. I bet Mark’s reasoning was rather similar.

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  38. GO PACERS!!!!

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  39. It’s hard to find quality motivational stories like this. I just bought and read one of Trump’s books and got the same from it that I got from reading this entry. I think they key to good motivation, for a millionaire/billionaire, is being able to relate to your audience, which you have definitely done. I appreciate it, and can’t wait for the next entry.

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  40. Just thinking it might be an interesting read to see your take on the value of ass-kissers versus no-bullshitters. Not that there isn’t a need for both types in any organization, there is, just wondering which type you think adds more value at the end of the day, or whatever. On occassion there is such a thing as “too many good ideas.”

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  42. Mark, thanks for writing such an inspiring piece. I’m in a situation now where I still don’t know what I want to be “when I grow up.” I just figured there was something wrong with me. It’s very uplifting to know you were once in the same position.

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  43. capitalism make strange bedfellows.

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  44. Mark writes: Michael wasnt as convinced,but he then asked me the question i was dying to hear. “would you not go back to the employment agency at all, so when we hire you we dont have to pay the fee ?” I was in.

    I sure hope you didn’t go ahead, lie to the agency, and take the job. If so, then it seems like you are telling others lies are good as long as they benefit the liar (and/or someone important to the liar – e.g., an employer).

    I wonder if you would benefit from writing a possible entry to your blog, saving it, reviewing it after a night of rest, and then publising it. I think you might say some things in your blog that you might regret later. You may also improve on your grammar.

    By the way, the Blog is great. It is awesome that you share your thoughts with the general public. I hope you are open to feedback. I am a devoted Mavericks fan (and season ticket holder).

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  45. The world needs more Mark Cubans. So, here is a suggestion to counter the statist, pro-socialist, USA-hating curriculum that is going on in the schools…yes, even in your own daughter’s school. What is needed is a one-week “Capitalist Boot-Camp”, for high-school students. Invitations would be sent to the top 1% (SAT scores) of high school students. Topics covered would be:

    Why individual choice beats the State’s choice
    Just how much better America is doing than all the world
    Why even “warm-fuzzy” Euro-socialist states are failing their people
    The wonderful things that happen when a country adopts capitalism
    The failed results of 100 years of attempts at socialism all over the world.

    Readings would include selections from:

    Hayek’s “The Constitution of Liberty”
    Thomas Sowell’s “Basic Economics”
    Virginia Postrel’s “The Future and it’s Enemies”
    D’Souza’s “What’s So Good About America”

    Visiting Speakers:
    Mark Cuban
    Warren Buffett
    Donald Trump
    Thomas Sowell
    Bill Gates
    Dinesh D’Souza

    Get these kids fired up. Explain that passion can change the world. Explain how the third world is rising up from socialistp overty to capitalist wealth. Explain that anti-globalists are wrong. Tel tthem that their passion to succeed is good, not bad for the world That the world NEEDS their passion.

    As a capitalist creation, this boot-camp should be funded by capitalists. Here is the rationale: if even one new Mark Cuban emerges, the ‘real” Mark Cuban can invest in his/her enterprise and reap many times the cost of the boot-camp.

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  46. Mark Cuban,

    Thanks for taking the time to share stories from your early days. You clearly paid your dues. It’s clear that the experiences made you a better man, a better businessman, and a better “boss” as a result.

    I’m in the middle of launching a new company at the moment, It’s my second. As you know, new ventures have their fair share of snags. Reading Part 1 gave me a nice kick in the butt after a tough week. Thank you!

    Matthew

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  48. I wish you never agreed to do the Benefactor.

    Now every time I read the comments I have to wade through all the Benefactards.

    Reality TV is just plain wrong.

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  49. I’m a former Plano resident and a big-time Audionet supporter. Love the blog since day 1, can’t wait for part II.

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  50. Mr.Mark Cuban,
    I am 19 years old and every night when I get back to my dorm I read your Blog and regardless of the current state I am in at the time, it has such a heavy influence of keeping me on the right track to success. I appreciate everything and your truly a great role model to all of us college students who may not yet see the light at the end of the tunnel. Much appreciated, and lets go Mavericks!

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  51. I am 21 and living in Hollywood. I split my time between driving through beverly hills wondering who lives in the estates and developing projects that will enable me to one day be able to afford such a place. I really enjoyed you’re post- better than Rich Dad, Poor Dad- if i do say so…

    By the Way, I was at the premiere of Godsend thursday…Its a VERY well directed movie.

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  52. Mark, I hope you are working on a book as I predict that once “The Benefactor” airs, it will out sell Trump’s! On second thought, your daughter is more important than competing with the Donald! Children are a gift to be treasured, and they grow up much too fast! Your memoirs will make a perfect gift for your daughter one day. One of my daughters asked me to write mine, because my childhood reminds her of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books which were her favorite books as a child.

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  53. I don’t envy people who stare at mansions and becoming obsessed with the riches of others, like those Trump wannabes on “The Apprentice”… As far as I’m concerned, they are missing the bigger picture….like your last line..

    Metta

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  54. Some of the things you mention in your blog really hit home. I’m 23. I’m working a decent job, but I think about starting my own business every single day. I’m actually waiting for my business partner to graduate. Thinking big, dreaming about sweet cribs, mixture of confidence and doubt. Cuban is saying what I think everyday.

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  55. I love reading this stuff, I wish I was your daughter. You’re such a great person, and I’m just unpatiently waiting for Part 2. Now when I tell all my friends that I’m reading your weblog and they go “Who’s Mark Cuban?” I can say, “A successful person that worked for where he is now!”. You’re a very special person, and I think we all know that. You are probably the most amazing successful person I’ve seen in my lifetime!

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  56. I just got in from seeing the original Stepford Wives at a USA Film Festival screening in Dallas. During the film, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the last 6.5 years I spent working in corporate Stepfordom. I’m now, thankfully, out of that environment…by my own choice.

    In your blog, you said “every experience would be of value when I figured out what i wanted to do when i grew up.” Wise words, and your story is just what I and others, I’m sure, need to hear right about now. Looking forward to the next installment!

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  57. Well, Mark you’ve done it again. Your my fix when Im feeling down. A smile comes to my face when I see success stories like yours because it really shows me that there really is a God. Yes there is hope for the rest of us clones. (Sorry Jim Rome). In reading part 1, it really opens up my eyes to the fact that your life experiences are not so diffrent than ours. Let me give you an example. At 21 years of age I became the youngest outside sales rep for a 900 million dollar annual sales company. I was given a $35,000 salary, and a very generous expense account. Wow! That was when life truely began for me. I saw the world. I made money. I learned…… That, well, that theyre is alot more to life than just collecting a paycheck. I realized that what I wanted was to be my own boss. To achieve my goals. And to become succesful. Just like Donald Trump… Uhmmm.. I ment to say Mark Cuban. Im 25 years old. And yes I am working, but for a different company now. I too have a list, Mark. And I hope to achieve success beyond my wildest imaginations. I am currently writing a couple of movie scripts and I will be flying to LA to realize my dreams in September. Maybe Im too confident. But something inside of me tells me that I am alot better than the garbage that is out theyre. Correct me if Im wrong. But what drives us is both confidence and fear. Fear of failing. But yet an inner confidence that analyzes our every day experiences.
    When I began looking for a job a while back I also encountered many of the obstacles that you experienced. From being “under-qualified”, to having some of the weirdest interviews. Hell, I went to one interview, and the two dorks that were interviewing me asked me to tell them some jokes. So I did. I asked them if they had a match. The guy looked at me dumb founded. Without even hesitating I said, “my ass and your face.” I then proceeded to pick up my bag and wished them a very nice weekend.
    Basically, the moral of this story, just like Mark’s is, keep your head up high, keep on dreaming, and never loose confidence. Unfortunately, we all cant be like Eli, hussing and fussing about working in San Diego, and collecting $15,000,000 just to give his autograph on a contract.

    Keep it up Mark. Your the best.
    Thanks

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  58. AH, just when I polished off my first beer of the night, the article ended. (fast beer, I know).

    I’m going to sit here and wait until the second installment is posted. Should I hold my breath?

    I loved it! That crack about the 2-fer 2-fer was hilarious, and totally true. We have them here in Little Rock too.

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  59. It must be nice to be able to speak about your accomplishments in a way that makes people feel inspired. Not only have you given yourself the gift of success, but you provide others with hope at the same time. Not many people can have such an effect on others. To sum up my feelings…

    I want to be like you, and I feel that I will…

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  60. Mr Cuban, that is good to hear that you were where I kind of am now. I’m totally blessed to have what I have, but I’m nowhere near where I want to be. I still drive by these mansions out on the beach in Sarasota, wondering how those people got to be where they are. I know I have to work my butt off to get there, and I’m willing to do it. It’s good to know that I haven’t missed my time yet, and that just because I took some time off of school that I’m not gonna achieve greatness.
    Great entry, looking forward to part 2. Way to go be with your daughter.

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  61. Keep it coming Mr. Cuban. I love trying to identify the psychological correlates of success. Blogging and candid personal statements do a great job at this.

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  62. That’s what I am looking for….

    This is the type of information that is valuable to me right now and the reason why I suggested that you should write a book about Passion & Winning and include some of the weblog information in it. Don’t worry I gave my word I would never reveal anything you said to me in an email and will live and die by that.

    You and I are actually the same age and moved to Dallas at the same time and got in the computer field in very similar ways. Don’t worry everyone, I am not comparing myself to Mr. Cuban and all that he has accomplished, but I would like to learn some of the different choices he made and how he went about building his entrepreneurial skills, how he financed his first couple businesses, and how he was able to convince people to not only fund him but join him in working very long hours and sharing his vision.

    I am sure many of us out there had similar experiences to Cuban as I had, moving to Dallas, getting computer related jobs with no experience and getting on the job training to advance to very technical positions. Many of us also had vision and created solutions for large companies but never did it for ourselves like MC did. That is what I want to know. How to I break out of this corporate box of trading my ideas for stock options instead of doing it myself. I am sure many of us out there are tired of making others wealthy and desire the freedom to follow our own vision and passion, create & build something that allows us to shape our own destiny.

    So Kudos to you MC for coming through with the stuff that all of us really want to hear from you, the struggle you went through, how you overcame those early years and got your start and built what you have today. What your ideas were back then when starting out, how you approached making those ideas a reality, and some of the things you would do differently now.

    The reason why I and everyone wants that information from you is because you are still that kid inside and never let it go to your head. Thanks again for a great blog entry…

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  63. Hi Mark,
    I relate to your recent blog entry. I worked through lots of crap jobs, went after a dream most people told me was silly. After I worked my way through art school , I applied to Archie Comics at least 6 times with no avail. I finally landed a lowly staff job. To make a long story short, I worked my way up to being one of their main artists. I’m now freelance, working at home. I get to draw all day and get paid for it! Of course this would be meaningless without my wife and 2 kids.
    Now, how do I measure success nowadays…BY YOU PUTTING ME ON YOUR SHOW! I realize that it’s persistance that’s helped me in the past, so why should I give up now? I crave some adventure, a temporary release from my drawing table! Go crazy and give me a shot! And if you don’t, what the hell, I gave it my best!

    Dan Parent(archieboy)

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  64. I have to agree with Courtney — this was a great entry! It’s so refreshing to hear the story straight from the source. I’ve seen Fox’s Behind the Glory special on you, but it was a bunch of fluff. This is much more interesting and inspirational.

    Thanks, Mark, for taking the time to share your experiences with everyone. It means a lot.

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  65. I care to hear part 2 as you know. I also had one of those quart a week burning Fiats. Mine was a 1978 850 Spyder also equipped with the mushy floorboards. But it got me from point A to point B, just not in style.
    Your drive, and also that you believed in yourself rewarded you.You have set examples for those who may follow.

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  66. Loved hearing about the pile…reminds me of similar days when i slept on a leaky airmattress. Basically slept on a pile of plastic in the middle of an empty room. Your honesty is refreshing.

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  67. This was by far one of the best personal anecdotes I have ever read. Just reading about your determination to be successful is enough to motivate anyone. Thanks for the article and I can’t wait until part 2.

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  68. now, my all american dream will be complete when i figure out a way to make money from my home. i know there’s a way. i just haven’t found it. i’m 38, but still haven’t given up. i want to be able to put my family first. then, when they are old enough – they can join in the fun…

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  73. Whoah, Great Story. I was reading the part about the selling dried milk, and it sounded familiar. I didnt know this was Mark Cubans blog, and I heard him say a similar story on tv somewhere.

    Well Mark, Congrats on realizing that dream, and this goes to prove that Anyone Really Can Do Anything They “Set” There Mind To.

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  75. Yeah… I feel like I’m at that stage that you are talking about. I’m turning 23 soon, still studying at university but I find that while you had multiple jobs working for places you liked and disliked for a living, I have too many personal project that I try to juggle all at one time, hoping one will ‘click’.

    At the moment, I trade shares and any equity that moves like forex and other various instruments to make a living. I blog about it too here: http://www.mysharetrading.com

    And thanks Mark Cuban! For having this blog to help inspire us and keep up up to date with your projects.

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  76. I love it! I’m 25, going through the same ordeal. I guess its part of growing up… experience…life. Reading your entry, just confirmed what I’m doing is all right. Hell, I’m allowed to make mistakes…

    Thanks so much for your inspiration.

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  80. I was feeling really depressed today, thinking of all the drama I’m facing with tuition, rent, and school work. After reading this article I feel so inspired to go after my dreams and nevr give up no matter what obstacles try to bring me down. Thank you so much for actually taking the time to write such a personal and inspiring story, it was amazing!

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  90. i bet you were ethical and didn’t deny the employment agency their fee. lasting success is based on principles, isn’t it?

    i’m a successful stay at home mom. i have a wonderful husband and three beautiful children. on top of that, they all love me! my kids do well in school (academically, behaviorally and socially).

    now, my all american dream will be complete when i figure out a way to make money from my home. i know there’s a way. i just haven’t found it. i’m 38, but still haven’t given up. i want to be able to put my family first. then, when they are old enough – they can join in the fun…

    one of the comments that posted seemed to assume that you were dishonest and denied the employment agency the fee. i didn’t assume that….i just wondered. i didn’t particularly care for the assumption, either.

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  91. i bet you were ethical and said you wouldn’t deny the employment agency the fee. lasting success is built on principles, isn’t it?

    i’m a successful stay at home mom. i have a great husband. my children love me, we have a happy home, and they are doing well in school (socially, academically and behaviorally).

    now, i need to figure out a way to make money from here (my home). then, my all American dream would come true. i think about it day and night. i know there’s a way – i just haven’t found it yet. i’m 38, but i still haven’t given up. i want to be able to put my family first. i do put my family first. now, i want to find a way to make money at the same time. they can join in when they are old enough….we’ll see.

    at any rate, one of the comments posted about part 1 assumed you were dishonest in the interview. i didn’t assume that when i read it…i just wondered. didn’t particularly like the assumption.

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