Guest Post by Mark Cuban “You Don’t Live in the World You Were Born Into.”

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As I cruised around the interweb over holidays, I came across Mark Cuban’s blog.

He is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks in the National Basketball Association (and World Champions I might add…).

I thought his most recent post was perfect for educators.

After a quick email, Mr. Cuban agreed to let me post it here for teachers and school administrators.

Only in America would a billionaire respond to my annoying email.


“I thought this was appropriate to start the new year.Cuban Cover

We all have the tendency to believe that we are living in a very advanced technological period. We get all excited about the new tech we got at Xmas and what we read about that will soon be available to us. In reality, everything we are excited about today is going to be incredibly old and boring much faster than we ever expect.

No matter what year you were born, by the time you finish(ed) high school, its (was) a completely different world. Today’s high school seniors were born prior to the World Wide Web, wireless internet, smartphones,tablets, HDTVs and changes in world politics that were never imagined. Without question each of us can remember the things that were new and exciting to us when we were kids, that were unimaginable to our parents, but are now nothing more than old memories.

The rate of technological change is not slowing down. In fact, the argument could be made that it is speeding up. In our lifetimes, we will reach a point when we reflect back on the good old days of the internet, Facebook, Twitter and other tech that is ubiquitous today. We might even look back at digital the way we currently look at analog. Things change.

Of course, this isn’t a problem. It’s a huge opportunity. There is that 12 year old that is imagining what we can’t. Another that is combining elements into something new we should have seen, but did not. It reminds me of one of my favorite sayings. “If you are looking where everyone else is for the next big thing, you are looking in the wrong place”

The reality is, None of us are born in to the world we live in.”

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9 Responses to “Guest Post by Mark Cuban “You Don’t Live in the World You Were Born Into.””

  1. Cyndi
    on Jan 4th, 2012
    @ 10:07 pm

    This teacher says, “Bring it on!”

  2. Michelle Howell-Martin
    on Jan 5th, 2012
    @ 4:23 am

    Excellent points! I’ve seen the question posed to teachers before, and it still remains: How do we prepare students for a future we have trouble imagining? Food for thought…

  3. Marcus Byrd
    on Jan 5th, 2012
    @ 7:28 am

    Yeah, that is definitely true. It still makes me laugh when on a college syllabus the professor feels the need to ban beepers or pagers from the course.

  4. Darrell Medley
    on Jan 5th, 2012
    @ 8:34 am

    I agree totally as well. I rememeber not too long ago, listening to NPR and the host of the show was talkign to two fifteen year old girls regarding regarding Facebook. One of the girls referred to the 90′s as “back in the day”. I almost ran out of the road. That was the first time I had heard anyone refer to the 90′s as “back in the day”. It made me realize that times are changing.

    Michael Smith Reply:

    The 90′s were lame.

    80′s Rock!!!

  5. Bill
    on Jan 6th, 2012
    @ 3:01 pm

    I was at the National Middle School Association conference a few years ago and one of the presenters stated that 50% of Kindergarten students will have careers in fields that haven’t even been created yet. While I’m not sure about the accuracy of the percentages, when you consider that 20 years ago there was no internet, smart phones, or ipods, I wouldn’t doubt the plausibility of such a statement.

    @ Darrell – Of course the 90′s were back in the day, they were part of the last century (as my son likes to point out).

  6. Wozza
    on Jan 8th, 2012
    @ 3:41 am

    Dude! I turn my back for 30 seconds (okay three weeks) while on holiday back to NZ to see the family and you do 9 blogposts in the festive season!

    You are a legend!

    I kept getting the alerts and thought the interweb was having a brain fart.

    Bit disappointed you didn’t blog on Christmas day – gotta question your commitment on that one.

    But apart from that – stellar performance.

    Hope you had a great Christmas and New Year!!

    Michael Smith Reply:

    I do what I can.

  7. AR
    on Jan 29th, 2012
    @ 8:07 am

    Good blog! He’s famous. So now you’re famous.

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