Success & Motivation – Redux

Some of the stuff i write is good. Some of it aint. Some I write because i want to make a point. Some I write because I want to get feedback and learn more.

Some have turned into favorites. Given ive been writing this going on 2 years now, i decided to bring back a couple faves and provide links to them.

First on my list are the posts Ive written about Success & Motivation. I get so many questions about how I got”lucky” so many times,things I have done that have worked or not.Experiences I have had. This series of entries, written more than a year ago, I think,bring back some great memories for me and I think are worth sharing again.

Success & Motivation Part 1 Coming to dallas without a job.

Success & Motivation Part 2 My first job in Dallas, lessons learned and teaching myself how to use a PC

Success & Motivation Part 3 Fired – and ready to start MicroSolutions

Success & Motivation Part 4 Some early lessons learned

Success & Motivation – You only have to be right once

The Sport of Business – Competition in the businessworld puts any sport to shame

Goals – An Interview I did with Young Money

Its funny how many times I have gone back and read or looked at the above posts. I hope they give you the same pick me up that they give me

56 thoughts on “Success & Motivation – Redux

  1. Thank you for your post. Daily motivation is critical to goal achievement. Your information helps people do just that.

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  2. Very intense observations. I love to identify with other people\’s ideas on motivation and you seem to cover a whole range of topics. Thanks for the read

    Phoenix

    http://www.easymotivationalstrategies.com

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  3. Mark
    I\’m just passing by here and reading your posts. Very fresh and a real motivation. Good to read about success stories like yours🙂

    D. C. Wartenberger
    http://mindpowersource.net

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  4. Yaaaaaaaa…Thanks very much

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  5. Good site. i have know many knowledge from it.Thanks

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  6. Thanks, this is great.

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  7. Mark, we need a book!! Read the demands.

    http://www.miaspartyrentals.com

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  8. Steve B,

    Thank you for your thoughts and encouragement. I appreciate your suggested reading material as well….

    Your interpretation of my prior comment is fairly accurate….But I guess I was trying to express my thoughts concerning the origin of knowledge, creativity, inspiration….

    Every time a person comes up with a truly unique and original idea I wonder where that idea came from? What was the TRUE SOURCE….the ORIGIN? Perhaps that particular idea had always existed somewhere in the universe. Perhaps that idea was lying dormant just waiting to be discovered. Maybe a genius like Einstein was just better “tuned in” to receive great ideas; he was better equipped to access the knowledge that already existed in the universe. Einstein didn’t “create” ideas, he “discovered” them. Maybe the knowledge he discovered had always been out there, it just hadn’t yet been found.

    It is my belief that creative people are better “conduits” for information. Shakespeare is credited for many famous works of literature, but is he truly the “original” source? In my opinion, Shakespeare was more like the “pen” through which the verse flowed. Perhaps there is only one true SOURCE….

    Jim Parham
    Yuba City, CA

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  9. Dear Stockmaverick, (post 9)

    I think I understand what you’re saying… Basically the premise is that most successful people are persistant and with intention and persistence they tap into this “high consciousness” that leads them to the “ah ha”. You should read Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, it conveys everything you’re saying, and it was written in the 1930’s, and updated somewhat in 2002! Anyway, it’s not luck, but because we’re human we have the ability to create and manifest our desires into reality with the help of the collective consciousness.

    Keep exploring….

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  10. One question when is your book coming out?
    I absolutely love reading your blog, your honesty about “stuff”…life is awesome!

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  11. I never thought that in a million years, I’d be leaving a message on a blog owned by a millionaire. Well, I guess today’s my lucky day! Anyway, I hope I can be like you one day when I grow up. Love the site. Thanks!

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  12. What gives no new updates to your site in days!
    http://buildcash.blogspot.com/

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  13. Hi Mark,

    I have very much enjoyed this latest post. It’s great that you’ve brought this old stuff back for us to view. Since you read so much and attribute a large part of your success to reading I’d be interested in learning what your top 10 or 20 websites are and what your top 5 magazines are. If you could share that tidbit with us it would be much appreciated. Thanks Mark.

    Take Care,

    Robin

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  14. In response to post 26 (Andrew), I honestly hope that not a single person is really dumb enough to even click on your links provided, let alone fall for the stupid scam you are running or promoting.

    Anyway, nice posts, Mark.

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  15. PODCAST??? VidCast????

    I just got an iPod – when are you gonna start podcasting?

    and great posts above btw

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  16. Very cool stories. Cool of you to put them out there for free, too.

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  17. Mark, you cool dwag. It’s not often a big shot talk the little guy about how to be successful. I for one peep everything you got to say about it.Keep it coming my eye’s and ears are wide open.

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  18. Hey Mark,

    You’re a bit of a hypocrite telling people to put their money in a bank account instead of trading stocks. Go to hell.

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  19. Hey Mark,
    I have just begun to read your blog regularly and am enjoying myself. I was introduced to you via the web and lots of reading, but began to have a further interest in your thoughts after reading your forward in Jon Spoelstra’s book. Since then I have looked to your interviews and businesses for motivation regularly. This last post Motivation Redux was a great one for the newbie readers like myself. Thanks for taking the time to post it. I jotted down some ideas as I read, a sure sign of a point of clarity for me…thanks for the little jump start to my day.

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    also check out http://www.buildmoney.org

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  21. thank you Mark for the wonderful insight and advice in those posts. I clearly remember referencing a couple of these post in my own blog a while back when you initially posted them.

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  22. Thanks for the re-cap.

    I’ll go through them and see what I’ve missed; and maybe remind myself of a few things I’ve forgotten

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  23. I read all of the linked posts long ago. I don’t agree with all of them, but they are always provoking. Which seems to me the goal of business writing: to provoke you to think in a different way.

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  24. Mark,

    I just wanted you to know that I pay $250 a month to be on a call once a month with Dan Kennedy to get this kind of information. I also pay $29.95 a month to get a newsletter from him with similiar info.
    This is GREAT stuff and I just wanted to say thanks for putting it out there!!!

    Michael Stone
    Reducing sales to a human experience

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  25. Thank you for the motivation Mark. It is articles such as these that give me something to strive for. Whether you realize it or not, you hold a big influence on many people, and I am most appreciative for the encouraging thoughts.

    Rags to riches tales get many entrepreneurs through the bleakest days..

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  26. Hey Mark-

    Thanks for posting these. I keep them bookmarked at home as well…they’ve actually gotten me through some tough times, held up my my tiny apartment – just coding away, wondering why i’m not at the bar with friends.

    “I hope they give you the same pick me up that they give me”. They indeed do. Thanks again.

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  27. I only recently started reading your blog. Thanks for re-posting these and saving me having to dig for them. I truly enjoyed the chance to see inside your growth in business. The part about only having to get it right once really has impacted me. I’m the parent of three daughters and parenting is a lot like baseball… if you get the bat on the ball often enough one of them will go out of the park, but you still fail more often than not. If nothing else, your words have encouraged me today.

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  28. I would like to volunteer for the job transcribing the book you will hopefully write, and since you are so very busy, pick up a tape recorder, tell me what you want the book to say and mail it to me and I’ll type it out and sent it to you with a nice blue cover, in a white box with green tape.
    GO MAVERICKS!!!
    That’s my entrepreneur idea.
    By the way, I type 75 words per minute, you could get that book written really fast.
    LOL.
    Loved the post, I am an avid reader of all things Maverick related and this blog has become a daily visit for me as well.

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  29. I’m still waiting on Steve Nash Part 2. . . . any chance it has been long enough?

    BTW. . has KVH been riding around with Michael Irvin lately. . . What was that pass?

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  30. i enjoy reading your posts on how you got to where you are….esp since you don’t have a book (and i think you aren’t going to write one anytime soon either, right?). it gives me some encouragement seeing as i am a recent college grad trying to figure out my place in this business world.

    p.s. i LOVED that purple shirt you were wearing for your interview on TNT! =D wow so hot!!

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  31. I just wanted to say thank you. Your posts are the first I have been able to relate to. And it’s scary how similar your experiences are to mine. Thanks for keeping me motivated..

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  32. I read all these entries when Mr Cuban posted them. And they are great.

    But in actuality Mr. Cuban just wanted to boost his ego back up after Dirk missed that last second shot last night.

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  33. Thanks for consolidating these articles all in one post. I am not a basketball fan but these articles have made me an avid reader of your blog. If you ever decide to write a book about how to be a successful entrepreneur, you can count on having at least one customer.

    I also like your response to Young Money regarding the value of having cash in the bank. My family has been on my case about a year about keeping a large portion of my company’s retained earnings in cash. They do not understand the importance of keeping adequate working capital for your own business and investing only in companies where you have an information advantage or an influential role. The only publicly traded stock I bought in the last 5 years is a tiny company that has exclusive rights to what will be a tremendously disruptive platform technology (I believe the market has undervalued it since their tech requires a strong knowledge of science and the industry to understand).

    I think that we entrepreneurs have a very different outlook on life and money.

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  34. Initially, my only exposure to Mark Cuban was through the media. After purchasing the Mavericks there seemed to be many documentaries and stories about his success and “Maverick” style (no pun intended). Then I met someone who had worked with or for Mark at Broadcast.com and that only added to my early impression of Mark: egotistcal, crazy, spastic…and lucky. Since then, I have started my own business and soaked up every ounce of information I can find that can help me, our team, clients or future ideas. I came across this blog about 4 months ago and have found the information here to be very helpful. The recent post on success and motivation was great. I emailed the chapeter of The Sport of Business to those I felt could get inspiration from it.
    In conclusion, it was easy for me to judge a book by it’s cover early on when I learned about Mark but today your message has hit home and I see past the lights and microphones of ESPN after an NBA game. There is something insanely addicitive to building your business with 24X7X365 enthusiasm. I always beleive there is someone smarter than me who will come along and kick my ass and hit their payday.
    Thank you for your real experience to further educate this burgeoning entrepreneur.

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  35. Initially, my only exposure to Mark Cuban was through the media. After purchasing the Mavericks there seemed to be many documentaries and stories about his success and “Maverick” style (no pun intended). Then I met someone who had worked with or for Mark at Broadcast.com and that only added to my early impression of Mark: egotistcal, crazy, spastic…and lucky. Since then, I have started my own business and soaked up every ounce of information I can find that can help me, our team, clients or future ideas. I came across this blog about 4 months ago and have found the information here to be very helpful. The recent post on success and motivation was great. I emailed the chapeter of The Sport of Business to those I felt could get inspiration from it.
    In conclusion, it was easy for me to judge a book by it’s cover early on when I learned about Mark but today your message has hit home and I see past the lights and microphones of ESPN after an NBA game. There is something insanely addicitive to building your business with 24X7X365 enthusiasm. I always beleive there is someone smarter than me who will come along and kick my ass and hit their payday.
    Thank you for your real experience to further educate this burgeoning entrepreneur.

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  36. Mark,
    I enjoyed reading the Success & Motivation stories. I’m 31 and currently in college, a major in Network Administration. I guess that I really need to get started on reading that CISCO manual right now! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

    Jason Roberts
    Pensacola, FL

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  37. One final thought….

    From what I read of the entries you referenced above, my perception is that you place a premium on knowledge and on understanding a business better than the competition?

    KNOWLEDGE….

    ….Perhaps this is too philosophical, but I believe all knowledge, every conceivable idea, already exists in the universe. From my perspective (and I’m not an educated person), it seems that specific knowledge, and true genius, only reveals itself to certain people. Those certain people, like yourself, are better “tuned in” to receive that particular knowledge, or creativity….

    No doubt you’re a genius Mark….The way you blend ideas to come up with new concepts; new twists for old ideas. I suppose that is your “gift.” (BTW….For all the cynics out there, I’m not trying to be a “kiss ass”….I’m conveying a true belief.)

    I’ve often wondered why some people have “natural talent” ….while others do not. Why is it that Stevie Ray Vaughan was a musical genius, yet I struggle to imitate his most basic guitar licks? My belief is this….All knowledge and creativity already exists, this information is flowing throughout the universe….Kind of like radio stations of consciousness. A great guitarist like SRV was better “tuned in” to that particular stream of universal musical knowledge….In other words, Stevie Ray Vaughan had better reception for the musical knowledge that already existed in the universe, therefore he became a musical genius. He channeled that “radio station” better than I am able to….

    I’m sure some of your readers are scratching their heads, or rolling their eyes, at my comments. I guess what I’m trying to say is that we all have to find which “radio station” we are best tuned in to….Then we will find our true genius and reach our fullest potential as individuals. By the way, I’m 36 years old and I have yet to find my best “reception”….I’m not sure which station I’m best tuned to….but I’m still looking….

    (P.S. I wish I could articulate the thoughts above more clearly.)

    Jim Parham
    Yuba City, CA

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  38. Your stories have inspired me to finally take the challenge of moving to Australia to be with my Son.
    Thank you for your notes of courage.

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  39. Haha….I bought towels too! Thats when you know you’ve arrived. Its great to hear success stories. When I read The Sport of Business I sent it to all my friends. It really is a great source of motivation.

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  40. Hi Mark,

    This evening I was revisiting your “Success & Motivation” blog entries as I was tracking the Mavs/Spurs game on NBAcom….

    In reading “Success & Motivation Part 1” an otherwise insignificant detail caught my attention. There was something I could relate to….Fiat X19….

    The first car I ever purchased was a Fiat X19….I was 16 years old and proud to make my first major purchase! I remember my dad thought I was “too big for such a small car” (I’m 6’1″) I wasn’t deterred by his concern however; I really wanted that car….I had seen the Fiat X19 referred to as a “Baby Ferrari” in a car magazine!

    My X19 was a puke green color and the passenger side of the car looked like it had been driven too close to a barbed wire fence. I remember driving the Fiat home from Woodland, CA (15 minutes north of ARCO Arena) in 3rd gear….I told my dad that there was a “problem with the clutch”….(Might have been the driver?) Still, I was proud….I knew the chicks would dig the hardtop/convertible once I got the rest of the car fixed up. Those are good memories….

    I’m surprised to read that you owned a Fiat X19 as well….The world just got smaller (for me)….Pretty cool. Thanks for sharing….

    Jim Parham
    Yuba City, CA

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  41. Mark, it is a remarkable coincidence that, over this past Thanksgiving weekend, I was reading some of your old blog entries. I even discussed you and some of your entries in my own blog; http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=27405030&blogID=64088959&Mytoken=ea39bd6d-cb75-475e-9528-0a2765669801

    The success and motivation entries are great. I think it’s pretty cool that you happened to reminisce on these the same week I was discovering them.

    One of life’s little coincidences.

    I love your blog. I appreciate the opportunity to have a glimps inside the life and mind of a true American success story such as yourself.

    Cheers,

    Corey

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  42. “No job. No money. No way to pay the bills. But I had nice towels.”

    I don’t know why but that line cracked me up.

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  43. Mark, while you have many commendable characteristics, people in this world who succeed so largely seem to have one thing above all: initiative. Ideas, integrity, charisma–all of these things are wonderful, but nothing compares with getting out there every day and going after a thing with all your might.

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  44. That’s why I read your blog every day🙂 I’ve got so many ideas, and I’m working on making them happen. I know one of them will work in the end.

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  45. Believe it or not, but I find “The Sport of Business” one of the most inspirational papers about how to be ready to be good in your (my) business.

    For all those that we are creating a company and really working hard on it, is the way to follow. And it´s pretty simple: work harder, be better, know more, be focus.

    Thanks for it, Mark

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  46. that was a good read

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  47. In conclusion, it was easy for me to judge a book by it’s cover early on when I learned about Mark but today your message has hit home and I see past the lights and microphones of ESPN after an NBA game.

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  48. My family has been on my case about a year about keeping a large portion of my company’s retained earnings in cash. They do not understand the importance of keeping adequate working capital for your own business and investing only in companies where you have an information advantage or an influential role.

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  49. Excellent motivator…

    Everyone calls you lucky without knowing how many different concepts you tried and looked it.

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  50. Your stories have inspired me to finally take the challenge of moving to Australia to be with my litle Son.

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  51. nice

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  52. Inspirational.

    I can’t count how many people I’ve told that I’m studying wine (and everything relating to the wine industry) only to have them ask me what job I plan to get by studying wine. They don’t get it. It seems to me, truly successful people learn an entire industry by working many jobs in it and reading everything they can get their hands on about it. Mediocre people do and learn what they need to get a job within an industry. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, the world needs those sorts of people.

    Could you please give us more insight into what papers, magazines, books and sites you are reading?

    Thank you.

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  53. Great read. I liked the site, and it is very informtive and motivational. I have always admired your tenacity, the ability to see trends, and succeed in whatever you do.

    Vinod

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  54. Great postings Mark, extremely informative and entertaining. It certainly helps to know that the things I have to go through on a daily basis is not so uncommon after all.

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  55. Very motivating Mark!
    Take care.

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  56. Sweet, I love your post and am looking forward to spending some time reading through your “Success & Motivation” series!

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