In 2009, during the height of the recession, billionaire investor Marc Cuban dished out some timely life advice. His tips for being happy and successful are applicable no matter the state of the economy. Read below for his top five pieces of advice, and check out his full blog post here!

The cheaper you can live, the greater your options

“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.  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.  More importantly, if you set your monthly income requirements too high, you eliminate a significant number of opportunities. The cheaper you can live, the greater your options. Remember that.”

Follow the opportunities no one else is choosing

“Look outside where all your friends are looking.  Make a list of jobs and businesses that are outside the norm. I know you want to follow your passions and get a job in sports, movies, tv, shooting video for Girls Gone Wild, and other things your friends would love. Why fight the crowds? Go where people are not. Just like you never thought you would ever fall in love with someone else, you will find another industry or job that you will love as much as your first love.  Move down your list to other things. Then get ready to work.”


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Recognize if you’re in the right job, or the wrong job

“It’s really easy to know if you are in the right job.  If it matters how much you get paid, you are not in a job you really really love.  I’m not saying that you shouldn’t want to make more money. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t bust your ass to make as much money as possible.  Thats not the issue. The issue is whether or not you truly love your job. If you love what you do so much that you are willing to continue to live like a student in order to be able to stay in the job, you have found your calling.”

Be the best at whatever you do

“Once you have found out what you love to do, there is only one goal. How can you be the best in the world at it. It doesn’t matter if you are a filing clerk, an athlete, an accountant or a bartender.  All that matters is that you do whatever you can to be the best.  Of course “the best” is all relative.  The one person who you should never believe when it comes to evaluating your abilities is you. The very worst judge of your abilities is you. Self Evaluation is never successful.  When you are the best at something, the demand for your services will grow.  People want to hire the best. They want to be associated with the best.”

Get back up

“You are going to screw up. We all do. I cant tell you how many times I did and do. It happens too often. No matter what happens, every morning, the minute after you wipe away the crust from your eyes, remind yourself that you are going to enjoy every minute of the day.  You are going to enjoy the 20 interviews you have. You are going to enjoy waiting in the heat for your roommate to  pick you up afterwards. You are going to enjoy realizing how frayed your collar is becoming and how sick you are of your one tie.  You are going to enjoy all the bullshit you have to deal with as you chase your goals and dreams because you want to remember them all. Each and every experience will serve as motivation and provide great memories when you finally make it all happen.”