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Mark Cuban – "The one thing we control is effort"

Mark Cuban is the owner of the Mavericks and an entreprenuer. I could care less. That said, I think his blog is a must read. This might sound slightly self-helpish, but the simplicity and honesty of the message is striking.

In sports, the only thing a player or coach can truly control is effort. The same applies to business. The only thing any entrepreneur, salesperson or anyone in any position can control is their effort.

The One Thing In Life You Can Control

I keep repeating this to myself whenever I start to get unmotivated or angry or lose my confidence. The one thing I control is effort.

I have almost no innate musical talent. A lot of hard work and determination has allowed me to will myself into being able to express myself a little with music. It’s also made me feel a whole lot better about who I am as a person.

It turns out that a great deal of the drama, jealousy, controversy, rumors, martyrdom, whining, self-pity and other b.s. that plagues modern life comes down to simple laziness. Instead of seeing ourselves as victims or creating narratives to justify our lack of hustle, we should focus on the thing we control…effort.

I think I’m going to learn how to draw next.