NYC 62: 10.03.2012 – The Sport of Networking

It’s Fall and it’s time for Fall sports! I’m sure you have many ideas vying for your time. What about the sport of networking?


Mark Cuban (you may know him from “Shark Tank”, the Mavericks, or reading his latest blog or book) says that ”Follow Your Passion” is easily the worst advice you could ever give or get.

Why? Because everyone is passionate about something. Usually more than 1 thing.  We are born with it.


In one of his blogs from earlier this year, Mark writes:


Think about all the things you have been passionate about in your life. Think about all those passions that you considered making a career out of or building a company around.  

How many were/are there?

Why did you bounce from one to another?  

Why were you not able to make a career or business out of any of those passions? 

Or if you have been able to have some success, what was the key to the success? Was it the passion or the effort you put in to your job or company?

If you really want to know where you destiny lies, look at where you apply your time.

Time is the most valuable asset you don’t own. You may or may not realize it yet, but how you use or don’t use your time is going to be the best indication of where your future is going to take you.

Then he writes: Let me make this as clear as possible:

1. When you work hard at something you become good at it.

2. When you become good at doing something, you will enjoy it more.

3. When you enjoy doing something, there is a very good chance you will become passionate or more passionate about it

4. When you are good at something, passionate and work even harder to excel and be the best at it, good things happen.

Don’t follow your passions, follow your effort. It will lead you to your passions and to success, however you define it.


I agree with Mark. To be a better networker, follow your effort and make a better, more thoughtful investment in your networking time.


This week check out Mark’s book How to Win at the Sport of Business to get more support with understanding his ideas about success.


To read other blog articles by Mark, refer to


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