Mark Cuban was born in 1958, to Jewish working-class parents. He built and sold multiple businesses, before did his baddest deal, broadcast.com.
Sold to Yahoo! in 1999. FOR $5.7 BILLION.
He then cashed out before the dot com crash. Today, he is worth $3 Billion.
Read his book, How to Win.
Because he still behaves like a College Kid. A rich College Kid. With his own $40 Million Jet.
THIS is why YOU should too…
College Kids don’t own houses. Neither expensive cars. Large LCDs. Big leather sofas. On EMIs.
Housing investment returned 0.4% from 1890 to 2004 in the United States. Usually, it is 300-400% of your total investment portfolio. With a 30 year commitment. You get stuck. It never sells when you need the money.
Cash, that you can better use. To upskill. To start projects that mean something to you.
Take a Gap Year. Travel. Live anywhere in the world.
Don’t buy EMIs. Have options.
2. Be Creative.
College students are creative. They make the best of every possible resource.
Don’t have a mattress? Use Yoga Mats.
Don’t have utensils? Reuse take-out containers.
Don’t have big speakers? Use cardboard boxes.
Don’t have money? Walk. Go to the beach. Crash a party. Eat at a Hare Krishna temple.
ABC. Always Be Creative. Create ways to live life fully. With whatever you have available at the time.
Life is tough. Have fun anyway.
3. Experiences over Things.
I had a friend once. He made a windfall $15,000.
He called all his friends. Put all the money on the bar. Got free drinks for everyone. Until the money ran out.
We all got drunk.
It was one of the most memorable experiences. For all of us. Some life long friendships were made that day.
Amit Kumar, Matthew Killingsworth and Thomas Gilovich observed that experiential purchases provide more enduring happiness than material purchases.
Like watching a live game. Going for a holiday with friends. Having an adventure.
Every bad experience is a good story.
4. Honest relationships.
Some of the best friendships are formed in College. Because you don’t give a fruit.
Friendships based on late night conversations. Over a tequila bottle. At your worst.
You could hang out. Without doing anything.
Don’t base your friendships on money. What car she drives. Where she lives. Those friendships are meaningless.
Though it may get you some good rides. And free parties. Maybe one such friend would be nice.
Other times, be simple. Uncomplicated. Free.
Have ego. A big one. But know when to drop it.
“Being honest might not get you a lot of friends, but it will always get you the right ones.”
They will be the friends that always stand by you. The only ones you need.
“I was thrown out of college for cheating on a metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the girl next to me.”
And yes, be cheeky. Its fun.
5. Discover yourself.
College is the time to explore. Learn new things. Try Salsa. Take swimming lessons. Join the Chocolate Appreciation club.
Meet new people. Judge. Because that’s your design. But then drop it. Move on.
Take a day off. Mid-week. Go watch a movie. Alone. Or go to the Museum. Or that Art Show. Learn a new skill.
The discovery must never end. The most important question is ‘WHY?’ And then ‘HOW?’
Meditate to know yourself. Create new possibilities.
Its okay to be lost. And begin again.
6. Be Selfish.
In college, you have no family to worry about. No responsibility. For the most part, you are selfish. And that’s a good thing.
Take care of your own needs. Be self focused. Not obsessed. But focused.
Being unselfish creates resentment. Frustration. Misery.
Melissa Deuter, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, says,
“Selfish people tend to take better care of themselves instead of giving too much energy away serving the needs of everyone else.”
You will be healthier. Happier. And you will have better relationships.
Look after your needs first.
Include yourself in your list of important people.
From assignments to exams. From the Car to the Kitchen. And dating.
College kids collaborate on everything.
Our hunting ancestors survived only because they collaborated.
Collaboration lost its significance with the industrial age. It took on a new meaning. Everything was put in processes. And FAQs. The problems were the same. People were trained to be machines.
But today, the large corporations are disintegrating. The only ones that survive are agile. Flexible. Adaptable. They are made of small, highly efficient project teams. Always redefining rules.
Knowledge is power. The environment is highly subjective. There are no manuals. Every problem is a new problem.
You need a variety of experiences to tackle every situation. You need speed. Different perspectives.
Collaboration is a necessity.
In college you built ideas. Pursued fascination with passion. Created business plans. Believed you could win over the world.
Then you got bogged down by logic.
Be bold again. Dream freely. Pursue your dreams with gusto.
“Have courage. Open your heart, and listen to what your dreams tell you. Follow those dreams…”
This is not a practice life. This is your only life.
College kids laugh 300 times a day. And working adults, 20 times. It may be heresay. But you get the point.
Laughing makes you feel good. And it is so important that you do it even if you have to force it. Try Laughter Yoga.
You will sleep better. Be more creative. Have better relationships.
Watch this now. Have a laugh.
10. Cut the Crap.
Be short. Be real.
There’s no 10th point. Fuck it.