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Seven Things That Mark Cuban Said That Made Me Work Harder Than Ever

Seven Things That Mark Cuban Said That Made Me Work Harder Than Ever

Mark Cuban is an American billionaire, investor, and owner of Dallas Mavericks. He is also a “shark” investor on the Television series “Shark Tank”. In short, he is one of the most inspiring people we can (and should) turn to for advice. Personally, reading and listening to his words alone have made me work harder than ever. So, here are seven quotes from Mark Cuban that will pump up your motivation to work harder as well:

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

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    It’s very easy to get lazy and unmotivated while working. This is an excellent quote because it makes you realize that you are fortunate enough to have your job / customer / business. Many other people are vying for the same thing you have now, so make sure that you work really hard and really smart, otherwise other people will take that away from you.

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    “It’s not in the dreaming, it’s in the doing”

    Everybody can be dreaming of having a successful business. But dreaming and doing is two very different things. Dreaming does not take you anywhere near your goal, only by doing things consistently will you achieve tremendous success. Stop dreaming and start doing things that will get you closer to your goal!

    “Doesn’t matter if the glass is half-empty or half-full. All that matters is that you are the one pouring the water”

    Here, Mark told us that our destiny is in our own hands. No matter where you are in your life now (whether rich or poor), your future is still undecided. You are fully capable and responsible of your own future, so work hard now so you can reap the benefits later.

    “Wherever I see people doing something the way it’s always been done, the way it’s ‘supposed’ to be done, following the same old trends, well, that’s just a big red flag to me to go look somewhere else”

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      Do not be afraid to look at opportunities in life that are different, offbeat or even a little weird. We are trained to interpret “different” as a negative, when in reality, different jobs and opportunities often provide for the greatest potential for us to thrive as individuals. Life is too short for us to live in fear of being different. Be whom you want to be and don’t worry about the haters.

      “Every no gets me closer to a yes”

      Do not be afraid of failures, because most people cannot be successful without overcoming failures. Mark told us to treat failures as another step towards success. Keep working hard to face those failures and ultimately reach your goal.

      “It’s not about money or connections — it’s the willingness to outwork and out-learn everyone… And if it fails, you learn from what happened and do a better job next time”

      Another excellent quote by Mark Cuban, which tells us that success is not about money or connections. He proved it himself. His first job was working as a bartender, and now he is a self-made billionaire. Try to outwork and outlearn other people, learn from failures, and you’ll surely be a success in the near future.

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      “Don’t start a company unless it’s an obsession and something you love. If you have an exit strategy, it’s not an obsession”

      Doing something that is your obsession means you are willing to work extra hard even though the situation is really tough. And working hard is exactly what you need to overturn a tough situation into a success.

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        So, there you go. Seven amazing quotes to pump up your motivation to work harder. Which of these quotes do you resonate the most? Share it with your friends and family too, so they can get more motivated to work hard as well.

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        Last Updated on August 6, 2020

        6 Reasons Why You Should Think Before You Speak

        6 Reasons Why You Should Think Before You Speak

        We’ve all done it. That moment when a series of words slithers from your mouth and the instant regret manifests through blushing and profuse apologies. If you could just think before you speak! It doesn’t have to be like this, and with a bit of practice, it’s actually quite easy to prevent.

        “Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” – Napolean Hill

        Are we speaking the same language?

        My mum recently left me a note thanking me for looking after her dog. She’d signed it with “LOL.” In my world, this means “laugh out loud,” and in her world it means “lots of love.” My kids tell me things are “sick” when they’re good, and ”manck” when they’re bad (when I say “bad,” I don’t mean good!). It’s amazing that we manage to communicate at all.

        When speaking, we tend to color our language with words and phrases that have become personal to us, things we’ve picked up from our friends, families and even memes from the internet. These colloquialisms become normal, and we expect the listener (or reader) to understand “what we mean.” If you really want the listener to understand your meaning, try to use words and phrases that they might use.

        Am I being lazy?

        When you’ve been in a relationship for a while, a strange metamorphosis takes place. People tend to become lazier in the way that they communicate with each other, with less thought for the feelings of their partner. There’s no malice intended; we just reach a “comfort zone” and know that our partners “know what we mean.”

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        Here’s an exchange from Psychology Today to demonstrate what I mean:

        Early in the relationship:

        “Honey, I don’t want you to take this wrong, but I’m noticing that your hair is getting a little thin on top. I know guys are sensitive about losing their hair, but I don’t want someone else to embarrass you without your expecting it.”

        When the relationship is established:

        “Did you know that you’re losing a lot of hair on the back of your head? You’re combing it funny and it doesn’t help. Wear a baseball cap or something if you feel weird about it. Lots of guys get thin on top. It’s no big deal.”

        It’s pretty clear which of these statements is more empathetic and more likely to be received well. Recognizing when we do this can be tricky, but with a little practice it becomes easy.

        Have I actually got anything to say?

        When I was a kid, my gran used to say to me that if I didn’t have anything good to say, I shouldn’t say anything at all. My gran couldn’t stand gossip, so this makes total sense, but you can take this statement a little further and modify it: “If you don’t have anything to say, then don’t say anything at all.”

        A lot of the time, people speak to fill “uncomfortable silences,” or because they believe that saying something, anything, is better than staying quiet. It can even be a cause of anxiety for some people.

        When somebody else is speaking, listen. Don’t wait to speak. Listen. Actually hear what that person is saying, think about it, and respond if necessary.

        Am I painting an accurate picture?

        One of the most common forms of miscommunication is the lack of a “referential index,” a type of generalization that fails to refer to specific nouns. As an example, look at these two simple phrases: “Can you pass me that?” and “Pass me that thing over there!”. How often have you said something similar?

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        How is the listener supposed to know what you mean? The person that you’re talking to will start to fill in the gaps with something that may very well be completely different to what you mean. You’re thinking “pass me the salt,” but you get passed the pepper. This can be infuriating for the listener, and more importantly, can create a lack of understanding and ultimately produce conflict.

        Before you speak, try to label people, places and objects in a way that it is easy for any listeners to understand.

        What words am I using?

        It’s well known that our use of nouns and verbs (or lack of them) gives an insight into where we grew up, our education, our thoughts and our feelings.

        Less well known is that the use of pronouns offers a critical insight into how we emotionally code our sentences. James Pennebaker’s research in the 1990’s concluded that function words are important keys to someone’s psychological state and reveal much more than content words do.

        Starting a sentence with “I think…” demonstrates self-focus rather than empathy with the speaker, whereas asking the speaker to elaborate or quantify what they’re saying clearly shows that you’re listening and have respect even if you disagree.

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        Is the map really the territory?

        Before speaking, we sometimes construct a scenario that makes us act in a way that isn’t necessarily reflective of the actual situation.

        A while ago, John promised to help me out in a big way with a project that I was working on. After an initial meeting and some big promises, we put together a plan and set off on its execution. A week or so went by, and I tried to get a hold of John to see how things were going. After voice mails and emails with no reply and general silence, I tried again a week later and still got no response.

        I was frustrated and started to get more than a bit vexed. The project obviously meant more to me than it did to him, and I started to construct all manner of crazy scenarios. I finally got through to John and immediately started a mild rant about making promises you can’t keep. He stopped me in my tracks with the news that his brother had died. If I’d have just thought before I spoke…

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