Mark Cuban was born on July 31, 1958, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was raised in a Jewish working-class family. His father, Norton, worked at a car upholstery shop. While he says his mother Shirley “had a different job or different career goal every other week.”
His grandfather, Morris Chabenisky, was a Russian immigrant. He fed his family by selling merchandise out of the back of a truck.
Like his grandfather, Cuban picked up business acumen early in life. When he was 12, he sold garbage bags. He saved up and bought a pair of basketball shoes he liked. He did not stop there. In high school, he sold stamps and coins to earn some money.
Cuban’s ambitions stretched out to the classroom as well. He took up psychology classes at the University of Pittsburgh during his junior year of high school. Consequently, he then jumped his senior year and enrolled full time at the college.
He finished his freshman year at Pitt, and then transferred to Indiana University. During this time he needed money to continue his education .Being a man of action, he started offering dancing lessons.
His moves bore fruits. Soon he raised the money, paid his tuition and was continued with his education.
From his dancing lessons, he grew in popularity. He began hosting lavish disco parties at the Bloomington National Guard Armory which attracted high society.
Upon graduating in1981, Cuban moved back to Pittsburgh. He took up a job with Mellon Bank. At the time, the company was about to switch over to computers.
Cuban saw an opportunity and seized it. He immersed himself in the study of computers and networking. He did not plan to stay in his hometown. So, in 1982 he left Pittsburgh for Dallas.
There he landed a job selling software. Eventually, he formed his own consulting business, MicroSolutions. Soon after, he became an expert in the field of computers and computer networking.
Being the aggressively enterprising person he is, he built his company and in 1990, he sold it to CompuServe for $6 million.
He has gone on to build successful companies like Broadcast, IceRocket, Magnolia Pictures and invested in hundreds of startups.
With regards to family, Cuban got married to his longtime girlfriend Tiffany Stewart in 2002. They have three children together; daughters Alexis and Alyssa, and son Jake. The family lives in Dallas.
First and foremost, Cuban sleeps in his gym clothes. The Mavericks basketball team owner says he has been doing it for a long time too. He says it’s comfortable, saves time and is one less decision to make in the morning. Hence, when he wakes up he starts off his day right off the bat.
For his workout, Cuban does an hour of cardio six or seven days a week. To vary his workout he also uses an elliptical or a stair gauntlets machine.
Being a basketball team owner, it comes as no surprise he likes playing pick- up basketball. He is also known for taking kickball or Latin-fusion aerobic classes.
Cuban says, “I consider myself as someone who lives to eat, unfortunately, I find myself thinking more about when I can eat again, than what I will be eating.”
It, therefore, comes as no surprise that he has several food-related investments. And one of them is Alyssa’s cookies which he invested in Shark Tank.
For breakfast, he says knowing exactly what he is going to eat for breakfast pares down the number of decisions he has to make at the start of the day.
Cuban eats the same thing for breakfast every morning: a package of eight oatmeal cookies from Alyssa’s and drinks a cup of decaf coffee.
The ABC’s “Shark Tank” investor revealed he is now vegetarian on the October 6, 2019, episode.
The reality series had featured Deborah and Jonathan Torres, co-founders of a Los Angeles-based vegan fried chicken startup, Atlas Monroe.
He said, ‘‘I went vegetarian three months ago. This is important to me. I love products I can eat,” Cuban said during the show.
For indulgences, Cuban admits to snacking on Skinny Pop popcorn or whipped cream. If he’s out and about, Cuban orders a chocolate-dipped soft serve from McDonald’s.
His other food investments include Tom + Chee, tomato soup and grilled cheese restaurant, Nut ‘N More, a selection of high protein nut butters, and Plated, a food subscription delivery service.
He says, ‘I love entrepreneurship because that’s what makes this country grow, and if I can help companies grow, I am creating jobs; I am setting foundations for future generations. It sends the message that the American Dream is alive and well.’
Cuban is a big believer in being unique. He asks, ‘When you’ve got 10,000 people trying to do the same thing, would you want to be number 10,001?’
Mark is not a big fan of emails. He says “Whatever you can say in a meeting, you can put in an email. If I have questions, I’ll tell you via email.”
Cuban is one of the many leaders who try to eliminate decisions just like Barack Obama. Obama once said “You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits,” Obama told Vanity Fair in 2012. “I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing.
Cuban agrees and says “You need to focus your decision-making energy. You need to routinize yourself. You can’t be going through the day distracted by trivia.
How can you maintain your lifestyle like Mark Cuban?
Cuban is a ball of fire in regards to investing. He came from a working-class family but has been able to make a fortune for himself. To be like Cuban, take up entrepreneurship. You will be able to create wealth for your family and also create jobs for the economy.
As he says, “I don’t care what anyone says. Being rich is a good thing.” To complement you hustle like Cuban, eat healthy and workout