Tom Matlack agrees with Mark Cuban: profits are not a zero-sum game, and the more you make, the more impact you can have.
My fellow GMP evangelist Jackie Summers sent along a blog from Mav’s owner Cuban, often considered borderline insane, on patriotism called, “The Most Patriotic Thing You Can Do: Bust Your Ass and Get Rich.” In it Cuban states:
Make a boatload of money. Pay your taxes. Lots of taxes. Hire people. Train people. Pay people. Spend money on rent, equipment, services. Pay more taxes.
I do actually like Mark Cuban, even though he can be a real asshole at times.
He’s kind of like Howard Stern, also an ass at times, in that he doesn’t sugar coat it: he tells the dead honest truth.
The other thing I like about him is that I always get the sense that he knows his wealth is born as much out of luck as of skill. The guy had a silly company at the right time (Broadcast.com was losing money and $13.5 million of quarterly revenue when he sold it for $5.9 billion to Yahoo) and became a billionaire. He knows that. But what he has done since is far more interesting than most. He is passionate and true to the prick that he really is. I like that.
So many people who are wealthy use their wealth as a way to look down on the rest of the world. They are fake human beings. Absolutely makes me want to vomit.
I agree with Cuban on this making money being patriotic (“I don’t care what anyone says. Being rich is a good thing. Not just in the obvious sense of benefiting you and your family, but in the broader sense. Profits are not a zero sum game. The more you make the more of a financial impact you can have.”) and pretty much everything else he has done.
He did shut Lebron and D-Wade up in the finals, after all. For that we should all be eternally grateful.