Recently, Dallas Mavericks owner, serial entrepreneur and "Shark Tank" star Mark Cuban broke down his daily routine in the below video. 

There's lots of normal stuff like dropping his daughter off for school, and a few surprises like the fact that Cuban carries three smartphones around with him to help keep track of the hundreds of emails he receives each day.

But the most telling and insightful moment Cuban always makes time for comes on days when the Mavericks are playing a home game at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

That's when the billionaire engages in a ritual that is at once a celebration of his own success and stupefyingly simple: he shoots hoops by himself on the home team's court a few hours before tip-off.

"One of the dreams that came true in owning the Dallas Mavericks is I get to go out on the court and just get up shots," Cuban explained to Vanity Fair. "There's no better way for me to de-stress and (forget) all the aggravation of the day."

What's more, Cuban says the arena staff turns up the microphones that are mounted on the rims of the hoop so he can hear the "swish" of the net throughout the building.

"That's where you realize that hard work sometimes pays off."

This is one of those "must be nice to be a billionaire" things that might make you instinctively roll your eyes, but underneath the exclusivity of the moment, there's actually a lot to take away from Cuban's simple habit, whether you're a CEO, a CPA or just a PA.

For one thing, this is clearly a very busy guy totally disconnecting from all the striving and endless pursuit of new successes to connect with the endpoint of one of his life goals, literally. It's something that's often easily more said than done. Not to mention he sets aside this moment for himself in the middle of the day (he says he usually goes to the arena at 3:30 on a game day).

The ritual is a celebration of Cuban's success, a chance to reconnect with a passion that doesn't actually make him money (shooting hoops) and a moment of physical and psychological self-care.

Yea, it's cool that he gets a huge arena to himself and he can hear the sound echo over the loudspeakers when he drains a three, but that's all just overpriced window dressing.

The reality is that any of us can and should incorporate similar grounding moments of gratitude and enjoyment into our own routines. 

My wife and I have both gone through the grueling process of trying to get books published (she was successful, I'm still working at it). We made it a habit of celebrating both the rejections and the more promising responses with dinner out until we were eventually having dinner with my wife's publisher.

The point was to take a moment and reflect on the journey and the goal while appreciating how far we'd come - and just taking a minute to rest and enjoy each other's company (and more than a few glasses of wine). 

However you might indulge in whatever it is about your work that's most fulfilling, it's worth making a habit of taking that break to enjoy it, even if you don't yet have a $420 million arena to savor the moment in.

Published on: Oct 24, 2018
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