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Low-Value Tasks vs. What Mark Cuban Does (Part 2)

Key Takeaway: To make a big-time impact with your career, you need to focus your time and energy on doing High-Value and Super High-Value tasks.

If you missed Part 1 on “Do NOT Do” and Low-Value tasks, check it out here.

Now let’s get into the good stuff.

High-Value Tasks

If you’re spending the majority of your time on this group of tasks, you’ve done a good job of putting either people or systems in place to do Low-Value tasks for you.

Examples of High-Value tasks are:

  • Creating/implementing systems and processes
  • Building relationships with clients
  • Meeting with prospects
  • Creating strategies and proposals

The way that you can shift from focusing mostly on Low-Value tasks to this section of tasks is by implementing systems (i.e. technology) or finding people to do the Low-Value tasks on your behalf.

Super High-Value Tasks

This category of “tasks” is where Mark Cuban spends his time - and where you should strive to get to. (As a disclaimer, I actually don’t know what Mark Cuban does on a day-to-day basis, but I imagine that he’s doing more things on this list than, say, filing paperwork.)  

These tasks include:

  • Developing relationships with potential investors and partners
  • Creating business development strategies
  • Meeting with board members, investors, and strategic partners
  • Implementing the company vision and core values

Imagine how big of an impact you’d be making if you spent the majority of your time here!


As you’re starting out with building your career or business, you will probably be doing a bunch of Low-Value tasks. Which is fine.

But you should also be aware that shifting to more high-value things will have more of an impact on your career. What you need to do to escape Low-Value tasks is figure out which Low-Value tasks are sucking away your time/energy and either:

  1. Document the processes for the things and “replace” yourself with other people who can take care of these tasks for you; or
  2. Find a system/technology that can execute these tasks
Now you can really start crushing it.


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