If Mark Cuban were to deliver a graduation address, he would offer three pieces of advice to college grads.
“Never stop learning. Never stop grinding. Never stop loving every single minute of your life,” he tells CNBC.
We’ve unpacked that advice below, drawing parallels with similar advice from other highly successful leaders.
1. Never stop learning
Just because you’ve received a diploma doesn’t mean that it’s time to close the books.
Technology is changing faster than ever and, to stay relevant in the job market, you must evolve, too.
Cuban’s advice echoes that of legendary investor Warren Buffett and entrepreneur and inspirational coachTony Robbins. Both have said that the best investment they have ever made is in themselves, to learn new skills and improve.
Robbins recounts advice Buffett gave him in the Tim Ferriss book “Tools of Titans.”
Investing in yourself is the most important investment you’ll ever make in your life. …There’s no financial investment that’ll ever match it, because if you develop more skill more ability, more insight, more capacity, that’s what’s going to really provide economic freedom.
2. Never stop grinding
Cuban was born into a working-class family in Pittsburgh. His father installed upholstery in cars and his mom worked a rotation of odd jobs.
“People thought I might go work at a mill. My mom wanted me to learn how to lay carpet because she was concerned about my future. Nobody had high hopes for me,” Cuban says in a profile of his career on “Shark Tank.” “But I was a hustler.”
He has hustled his way into a fortune. Currently, Cuban is worth upwards of $3 billion. He launched AudioNet, which became Broadcast.net and which was bought by Yahoo for $5.7 billion in 2000.
3. Never stop loving every single minute of your life
It’s important to not just enjoy the good times. You have to find a way to savor the process of learning, evolving, building, trying and even failing.
Billionaire Richard Branson wrote an emotional farewell letter to his team when Alaska Airlines announced it would close the Virgin America brand in 2019.
In the letter, he, like Cuban, emphasizes the importance of enjoying the journey.
“This was the ride and love of a lifetime. I feel very lucky to have been on it with all of you,” Branson says. “Stay positive; attitude is everything.”