Attitude Is Everything!

Most bucket lists start off with swim in the world’s largest swimming pool or fly in a hot air balloon over the Loire Valley or run the New York Marathon, etc. I guess these are great ideas. But for me, my list is very much a “Geek’s Bucket List.”

  1. Kiss Carrie Fisher (obviously this is never going to happen)
  2. Meet John Carmack
  3. Have dinner with Kevin Mitnick
  4. Challenge John Romero to a Quake deathmatch
  5. Pitch my business plan/idea to Mark Cuban
  6. Organize & promote a Billy the Fridge, YTCracker, Shubzilla charity benefit concert

I’m an older geek, and as such, I remember when AudioNet became Broadcast.com. And I also remember when Cuban purchased the Dallas Mavericks; which to me, an avid fan of professional sports (I’m only 90% geek), thought to myself (long before it was popular), “And the geeks shall inherit the Earth.”

I mean come on, a GEEK owns a pro basketball team? Nerds and geeks in high school have always been the favorite targets of the jocks, the popular kids, the “in crowd.” Yes, I am well aware, Paul Allen bought the Portland Trailblazers and the Seattle Seahawks before Cuban bought the Dallas Mavericks; however, Paul Allen, while an O.G. (Original Geek) having left Microsoft in 1982, never really registered on my radar.

Needless to say, I have admired Mark Cuban from afar for years. As a HUGE Shark Tank fan, I was thrilled when he joined the show (though a bit disappointed he was filling the vacancy left when my favorite Shark, Kevin Harrington, exited the Tank).

I made it a goal to read 300 books in 2018, and included Cuban’s How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It on my list, making it book number four. I’m glad I did.

How to Win at the Sport of Business is written just as Cuban states in the prologue, it is a collection of blog posts. Much like reading my posts here, as you read, you get a sense of who the author is and what they have done; and even insight into what they will do in the future. Not really an autobiographical book, nor is it a self-help book, How to Win at the Sport of Business is a book about life-experiences.

I really enjoyed where most books of this type only highlight the highs of success, and only speak in terms of business; but Cuban shares the details that other authors might sweep under the rug; not just the highs, but also the lows, telling us more of his life story.

While Cuban didn’t actually say it in his writing, I don’t doubt that Cuban believes the words of my new favorite motto: The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary.

For a short, entertaining read full of great business advice, I recommend How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It.

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The Cli3nt

   I am 43-years-old, a hemophiliac, the co-founder of GamersRevenge.com, a blogger at TheCli3nt.com, part-time YouTuber (Geek Out! videocast) and Twitch streamer.
   I'm an old-school gamer, having started playing video games back in 1977 on the Atari 2600 (even managed to place 6th in Jafco's Atari Pac-Man tournament in 1982). I first began abusing games shortly after my best friend introduced me to Quake. By the time Quake II was released, I was addicted.
   After being found, in May 2008, passed out in front of my computer with a mouse cord wrapped around my arm and over 100 flash drives scattered around my body, I sobered up. To help maintain my sobriety, I switched to single player console gaming.
   In my life outside of the Wasteland, yes, I do have one --- wait, that's a lie. I have my Xbox One, Plex media server, high-speed internet, and Dax the Magnificent (my furry four-legged child).

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