Many may recognize Mark Cuban as the multi-billionaire dollar man behind the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, Magnolia Pictures, and Landmark Theatres. While being a major part of such world-known companies may impress just about anyone, there’s another more important thing about Mark that we here at #AmReading can really appreciate: the man reads! And, as you’ll see from this list of his most raved about books, in addition to his personal comments on them, he reads well.
1. Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
Sounds like every determined entrepreneur should add this one to their TBR!
2. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
“It was incredibly motivating to me. It encouraged me to think as an individual, take risks to reach my goals, and responsibility for my successes and failures. I loved it.”
As prominent as hard work is in terms of success, encouragement and genuine motivation are key elements as well.
3. The Gospel of Wealth by Andrew Carnegie
“This was a reading assignment in an MBA entrepreneurship class that I snuck into at Indiana University. Bottom line is that among the many patriotic things you can do, one is get rich and pay your taxes.”
Do any of us really want to deal with the IRS anymore than we have to? I think not. Pay your taxes, folks.
4. The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need by Andrew Tobias
“This is the only investment guide I have read that truly made sense. Bottom line is that you can take a measure of risk on the $5,000 you have to invest in an attempt to earn 10% in the stock market, while praying that it all doesn’t disappear because someone bought too many yen derivatives. Or you can save 15% on the $5,000 a year you spend on replenishables, from toilet paper to cereal to who knows what, and put it in the bank on top of the original $5,000, earn an easy 5%, plus accrued interest, on the total and sleep very well at night.”
Especially in the world we live in now, just about anyone can pick up a pen or buy a computer and write up ‘helpful advice’ and call it a book. This one, however, according to Cuban, is one every aspiring business man or woman can count on.
5. Cold Calling Techniques (That Really Work!) by Stephan Schiffman
“This is a book that every CEO needs to read. If you can’t sell, you can’t survive. If you can sell- If you can figure out how to open doors and make your customers happy- you not only will always be able to eat and put a roof over your head but also thrive in any corporate or entrepreneurial environment.”
CEO’s everywhere: listen up! Add this one to your reading list!
6. The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen
“This helped me make sense of why things worked and didn’t work in the technology industry.”
No matter what particular industry you work in, one way to thrive and stay on top of your game is to remain educated about the changes, failures, and successes of various methods, services, products, etc. in your field.
7. Call Me Ted by Ted Turner
“I like to read biographies of successful people. Ted Turner’s bio was always big for me because he worked hard and played hard.
It’s like what that old saying says: You are what you read.
8. Self-Made Success by Shaan Patel
Cuban called Patel “a young Tony Robbins” while competing, and eventually winning, an investment deal on Cuban’s show, Shark Tank. Self-Made Success teaches people of all backgrounds, social classes, and financial statuses ways in which they can be truly successful, in all areas of their life. From financially to emotionally, spiritually, physically, the list goes on!
9. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
If you ever want to start your own business and aren’t sure which book will lead you in the right direction, look no further than start-up business guru Eric Ries’ guide, The Lean Startup. Praised by Cuban as doing “a great job of productizing [the lean startup method] and making it available to many more companies,” I think it’s safe to say that this one is among the better, more proactive business books.
10. The Only Game in Town by Mohamed A. El-Erian
This bestseller provides productive insight on the realities of the world’s economic and financial future. El-Erian, the former CEO of PIMCO, a private banking company, also gives his thoughts on how a huge global financial crisis can be avoided. It’s easy to see why Cuban would be a fan of this one.
11. How To Win at the Sport of Business by Mark Cuban
Of course, what list about Mark Cuban’s most loved business books could be complete without one of the entrepreneur’s own? How To Win at the Sport of Business offers detailed lessons on the in’s and out’s of the world of business, exclusively from Cuban’s blog, Blog Maverick.
Do these books inspire you to go out and startup your own business?
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