Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban sat down with Jenny Boom Boom backstage in the radio room at the 55th annual GRAMMY Awards. Cuban talked all about his humble roots, and how he is trying to help others achieve their lifelong dreams.
The outspoken entrepreneur is well known to be passionate about his Mavs– so much so, that he has been fined by the NBA on multiple occasions. “I get too involved. Sometimes they don’t like me,” Cuban joked. “If you pay 285 million dollars for something, you are gonna be passionate about it.”
Mark Cuban told Jenny that he wasn’t born with the money to purchase a professional basketball team– it was something he had to work hard for.
“I remember when I was twenty-seven years old going to the ATM to check my balance hoping that there was something there,” he recalled. “There was a big old goose egg. I was sleeping on the floor and living with six guys in a three bedroom apartment. No lie, I had nothing.”
Now worth $2.3 billion, Cuban is no stranger to both lifestyles– He is now big on helping others achieve their dreams as well. He just released the book, “How to Win at the Sport of Business,” and he is currently an investor on the hit show Shark Tank. Cuban explained who he looks for on the show, and all the qualities of successful businessmen.
“I look for somebody that has an idea that is innovative and that is willing to work. You gotta be able to get out there, and bust your ass, and really know more about your business and your industry than anybody,” he said. “If you can show me you got a good idea, you have already taken steps to start the business, and you got what it takes, I’ll give you money. It’s my money and I’ll put it where I think it is right.”
Cuban continued, “You want to be able to encourage kids in this country that if they have an idea, and do the work, anything is possible. There is a good reason to go to school, and make sure you learn in school. If you want amazing things to happen, you gotta be smart enough to make it happen.”
Check out the full interview here: