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You may be most familiar with Mark Cuban from the ABC television series Shark Tank. But long before he took his seat on the show, he was busy creating his own empire.  He owns the Dallas Mavericks NBA team, as well as a number of other businesses. It is estimated Cuban is worth about $4.3 billion. Cuban adopted high technology as far back as the mid 1990s, and continues today to invest in software and networking startups. Along the way there has been speculation that Cuban may someday run for President of the United States. Here are some of what Cuban has had to say about various aspects of life and business:

On his secret for success:

It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. You only have to be right once and then everyone can tell you that you are an overnight success.

On his work ethic:

Work like there is someone working 24 hours a day to take it all away from you.

On his optimistic outlook:

Always wake up with a smile knowing that today you are going to have fun accomplishing what others are too afraid to do.

On his philosophy of doing business:

Sweat equity is the most valuable equity there is. Know your business and industry better than anyone else in the world. Love what you do or don’t do it.

On being wealthy

I don’t care what anyone says. Being rich is a good thing. Life gets easier when you don’t have to worry about the bills.

On determination:

Because if you’re prepared and you know what it takes. It’s not a risk. You just have to figure out how to get there. There is always a way to get there.

On expressing himself:

In the past, people used to tell me to shut up a bit. But what I believe is to put out your opinion and let everyone else react. If I’m wrong, I’m wrong.

On equal pay for equal work

If you are good enough to compete for a top-level corporate job, you should be smart enough to know what the job pays the other gender and negotiate accordingly. If you are an employer, and you don’t pay an employee market wages, regardless of gender or orientation, you will end up with what you deserve.

On entrepreneurship

I love entrepreneurship because that’s what makes this country grow, and if I can help companies grow, I am creating jobs; I am setting foundations for future generations. It sends the message that the American Dream is alive and well.

On his personal background

I grew up in a working class family. People thought I might go work at a mill. My mom wanted me to learn how to lay carpet because she was concerned about my future. Nobody had high hopes for me. But I was a hustler.

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