Source: JD Lasica /
Source: JD Lasica /

Mark Cuban writes in his book “How to Win at the Sport of Business” that he didn’t like every job he had in his 20s, but he valued them for the experiences. Good or bad:

“In every job, I would justify it in my mind, whether I loved it or hated it, that I was getting paid to learn and every experience would be of value when I figured out what I wanted to do when I grew up.”

Before becoming the billionaire investor and owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban was sleeping on the floor of friends’ rooms because he didn’t have any money. He worked nights bartending at a nearby bar, and when he came, the couch would often be taken. The floor was where he made his bed.

Use Your 20s as WTF-Time

“If you are living cheaply and ready to find out where your future lies, now is the time to try anything. WTF-time means fighting through your fears to take a job in a new industry.” 

Cuban spent his 20s living cheaply, putting every penny he saved into his business MicroSolutions. He eventually sold the company to H&R Block for $6 million, paving his way to become the billion dollar fortune owner he is today. Cuban wrote in a blog post back in 2009:

“It doesn’t matter where you live. It doesn’t matter how you live. It doesn’t matter what kind of car you drive. It doesn’t matter what kind of clothes you wear. It doesn’t matter.” 

Cuban says the most important goal you should focus on is reducing your debt and investing your money into your dream. To do that, it’s ok to room in a stuffy apartment and avoid luxury.

“Your biggest enemies are your bills.  The more you owe, the more you stress. The more you stress over bills, the more difficult it is to focus on your goals.” 

Establishing a safety net for yourself is far more important than indulging in high-end fashion or a chic car. You’ll also have more freedom to chase what really matters to you.

“The cheaper you can live, the greater your options. Remember that.”