Billionaire Mark Cuban knows a thing or two about what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur — and this week, the Mavericks owner appeared on “Good Morning America” to tell the world.
The “Shark Tank” star took viewer questions ranging from how to run a small business to what business advice he’d give to newbies who are just getting started.
One viewer asked: “What are some of the mistakes you wish you could have avoided as an entrepreneur, and what are some of the biggest mistakes that first-time entrepreneurs fall victim to?”
Cuban responded with something that most of us are taught early on in life — to treat others the way you want to be treated.
“I was 25 when I started my first company after I got fired, and I always thought I had to be mean because I was younger than everybody else — and that was wrong,” Cuban said. “What I’ve learned over the years is being nice really helps. Nice sells, nice makes you more money.”
He followed up with a simple philosophy, and something he looks for when investing in entrepreneurs — make sure you’re focused on the right things.
“I was all excited about generating sales when I should have been more excited about generating profits,” Cuban said, emphasizing that there is a “big difference” between the two.
“I always tell people life is half random. And that’s just a reality for everybody,” he said candidly. “I got lucky … You gotta have timing. I was really lucky in that.”
According to Bloomberg, Cuban has an estimated net worth of $6.27 billion.