Sunday, June 23, 2024

Personal Challenge

A personal challenge is a task or a situation that tests a person's skills and abilities in an unpleasant situation. Examples of personal challenges are personal issues, workplace relationships, and time management.

My oldest son is in town this morning, down from Madison, Connecticut. It's always cool to hear footsteps coming from the 2nd floor. My wife and I have been 'empty nesters' for many years now. I think I go to upstairs a few times a year. Anyway...

This morning Tommy and I had Taylor Ham, Egg and Cheese Breakfast sandwiches in the living room. And we were talking about work, business, and whatnot. And, we were talking about AI, and other whatnot. And he said to me: "Dad, you gotta see this video from Marques Brownlee." 

I did not recognize the name Marques Brownlee. 

Tommy loaded THIS video in the living room, as we ate our Taylor Ham, Egg and Cheese Breakfast sandwiches.

Marques Keith Brownlee, also known professionally as MKBHD, is an American YouTuber and professional ultimate player, best known for his technology-focused videos as well as his podcast Waveform. As of December 2023, he has more than 20 million subscribers across all channels and 3.93 billion total video views. Born: 1993 (age 30 years), Maplewood, NJ  Education: Stevens Institute of Technology, Center for Talented Youth, Columbia High School. Subscribers: 18 million (main channel); 20.95 million (combined). Total views: 4.188 billion (main channel); 4.44 billion (combined).

Why is he called MKBHD?
(He uploaded the results under the nom de YouTube of MKBHD—for “Marques Keith Brownlee” and “high definition”—a moniker that has been synonymous with his own name ever since. 

Does MKBHD have a degree?
He graduated in 2015 with a degree in Business & Technology, and in 2018 received Stevens' Young Alumni Achievement Award. “Marques Brownlee is an exemplary Stevens alumnus who embodies the core values we cherish — innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship,” said Stevens president Nariman Farvardin.

It is believed that Marques garners approximately $12 million each year from ad revenues and endorsements. This substantial income affords him the means to enjoy a lavish lifestyle, boasting multiple properties, a collection of high-end automobiles, and an array of costly possessions.

OK, cool. In 2014 Stevens Institute of Technology became a host of the DLA. So, this morning, I said to my son "Tommy Baby: I'm going to ask Marques to do a interview..." 

Tommy Baby (that's what I call oldest son....) said to me between bites of his Taylor Ham, Egg and Cheese "If you get him, he will break you. You will have to get a bigger server. He might be the most popular person on YouTube." 

So I asked: "Tommy Baby... why is Marques Brownlee so popular?"

My son says: "He is able to dumb down tech for those of us who don't understand. He is articulate, he has good video editing techniques, and he has a good brand for himself. He has an honest down-to-earth personality. That's it!"

This Thursday is the Propelify Innovation Festival in Hoboken, NJ. We have it listed on We expect 8K+ to attend LIVE. I am going to invite MKBHD to the event. I am going to invite everyone he knows to the event. He might already be going to the event, being a "Jersey Boy" and all. 

And so - the game is on. I am emailing, calling, texting, chasing Marques Brownlee. MKBHD (or his staff) will hear from me before Thursday. I am willing to pay for an Uber Black to pick him up and drop him off... if he will attend Propelify in Hoboken, NJ. So, the way that I see it, here are a few possible outcomes:
  1. I hear back from MKBHD (or his staff) before Thursday.
  2. I do not hear back from MKBHD (or his staff) before Thursday.
  3. MKBHD says thanks, but he cannot attend Propelify in Hoboken, NJ.
  4. Can't do Propelify, but WILL do a interview.
  5. Nothing. Absolute Radio Silence......
10:04 AM EST on 6/23/24 is the time stamp on this Sunday Blog. The "results" of this PERSONAL CHALLENGE will be posted NEXT Sunday. So, that's the topic next week: I paid (or did not pay) for Uber Black! 

Personal Challenge: Accepted 

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