I'm meeting more and more women everyday who are venturing out and starting their own business. Some because they're passionate about what they do and others because they are trying to create a balance between work and home. I think it's an amazing trend and shows off the resilience, determination and strong will us women are known for it's called "Girl Power!" So when I was asked to host this interview between 'billionare' Mark Cuban and best selling author Jeff Rivera, I said you bet!!
Take notes ladies....
Many mommies who want to start a business are struggling to make ends meet but you argue in your book, that some of the best businesses took little to nothing to start. Why do you encourage entrepreneurs not to wait for financing to start?
Because effort is always more important than cash.
There are many young moms who are just beginning their lives and can relate to you when you said you were sharing a small apartment with 6 people and sleeping on the floor. How can someone keep their eye on the prize when they’re living on Ramen noodles?
Who cares how you are living today? I loved every minute of living in that dump. The low rent and utilities and eating Mac n’ Cheese all the time allowed me to afford the startup of my business. Instead of paying myself much, I could put it in to my business.
You knew Michael Dell of Dell Computers before he was the Michael Dell. What can you say about being nice to people on the way up?
It's a whole lot easier to be nice to people than not to be. There are
times when you have to be tough, but a smile not only goes further,
but it makes you feel better about yourself as well.
You encourage entrepreneurs not to hire a public relations firm, Mark. How did you get the word out about your eBook?
I tweeted, posted on Facebook, [used] Google Plus and responded to emails. Nothing more.
One of my favorite parts of your book, How to Win at the Sport of Business, that completely broke my heart was when your ex-secretary robbed your first company of over $83,000, leaving you only $2000 after a year of work. If there are moms out there that have lost everything, what advice do you have for them to pick themselves back up?
Keep working. Don’t feel sorry for yourself because it won’t do any good.
Looking back, destiny seemed to lead you from one opportunity where you would learn a life skill to another. Do you believe in fate or luck and how much of that has to do with hard or smart work?
There were a lot of things I didn’t write about. So, it’s not necessarily a direct jump from one skill to another. Starting and running a business can be a lot of long hours. You just have to get after it and not let up.
You were seemingly unfocused and not sure about what you want to do when you were younger. What advice do you have to parents who are worried if their child will ever be somebody?
No amount of worrying is going to change things for them. They have to figure it out for themselves. At some point, it is theirs to do or not do.
Where can we get a copy of your eBook, How to Win at the Sport of Business?
Anywhere eBooks are sold: Amazon, BN.com, and sites that support independent bookstores too.
So Mark says to all of you, go for it! Don't give up, keep going even if you feel the burn, you're on the way to success! Oh and go over and buy an e Book! Perfect gift for your guy, or hard working women in your life!
As a thank you, Mark Cuban is giving me two Landmark movie tickets to HDNet Movies Kid Scene to give away to you!
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