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I fought for MarkCuda.com for 9 years…now what?

I’d like to tell you the story about how I finally got my hands on MarkCuda.com after over nine years of fighting, and why I think it will change my life forever.

The year was 2008. The air was warm. Humid. Thick. Typical Florida. I was staring at my computer screen, nearly in tears. I yelled some kind of profanity, and my mother was not pleased. And neither was I. Why? Well, let me back up a few years.

My Entrepreneurial Origins

In 2006, when I was 14 years old, I fell deep into the rabbit hole of technology. I was stuck on the idea that I could make money on the internet. And so I did!

Thanks to my sister denying me a signature design for my favorite forum, I pirated a copy of Photoshop from her computer and said “fine, I’ll do it myself.” (Don’t worry, I give Adobe 50 of my hard earned dollars each month now for CC.) A few billion tutorials watched later, and I was a pro. (not really) But it was enough to start making a little money on the now shell-of-its-old-self forum, Digital Point.

Graphic design led to web design, and that turned into SEO and marketing. I was having a blast and wanted to tell the world. I had two domain choices: markcuda.com, and monkeyblogger.com. (I was only 14, after all.)

I said to myself, “With trendy blogs like VikingBlogger, JohnCow, etc., MonkeyBlogger will be a perfect brand for me to stand out with, and hey, with how much junk I climb, I’m basically a monkey anyway.” And that was that. MonkeyBlogger.com it was.

Two Years Later

I figured no one else would ever register MarkCuda.com, and as a very “wise” 14-year-old, all my money was reserved for an iPhone 3G and a shiny new first-model aluminum MacBook. 😉 I thought “I’ll just circle back and buy it later.” Famous last words.

Fast forward two years, and I decided to go ahead and register it annnnddddd, it’s gone. *Cue South Park meme*

All memes aside, I was not happy.

As it turned out, a guy name Mark Smith thought MarkCuda.com would be the perfect place to store all the pictures of him riding his ATVs and motorcycles, all on a purple background with yellow text.

For the next nine years, I sent him emails, offered him all the cash I could muster up, (hundreds, which was big moola for me at the time), even offered to go to Indiana, shake his hand in person, and beg him for my precious name immortalized on the web. Nothing. Nada. Zip zilch nerp.

So I gave up. Moved on, started other websites, other businesses, other ventures. Got into sales, learned about business, kept iterating. But every couple of months I would check in, just to see if it was still up. Purple background and all, it always was. I would set reminders for when the domain name was supposed to expire to see if it would, but he always renewed it, year after year.

9 Years Later, I pounced

Fast forward to June of 2017. What’s this? Redemption period??? I jumped on the phone with EarthLink (Yeah, I was surprised they still exist too), and found out he didn’t renew it this year! 45 days of the redemption period, and then it would be mine.

I counted down the days, and holy shiitake mushrooms…the domain was set to become available on October 6th, my 25th birthday.

I set reminders. Alarms for midnight. Even my wife had alarms on her phone. We were ready.

As the clock struck 12:00 am, I not only turned a quarter of a century old, but MarkCuda.com became mine. ALL MINE. What a perfect birthday gift to myself.

And here it’s sat, unused, for almost two months. What a waste. (I mean, I did break my finger and had surgery, but those are still excuses.)

Simply put, I just haven’t been sure what to do with it yet. But now I know. I’ve got a plan. And I’m so excited to share it with you.

But First, Who am I?

I’m just a guy. But recently, I’ve learned I’m something called a multipotentialite, also known as a polymath, or renaissance man. I don’t typically like to assign myself labels, but I guess this one’s ok since it’s basically a label saying you can’t assign me a label. 🙂

While I was always familiar with the term “renaissance man”, I never really thought of myself in that way.

I have to thank my buddy Christopher Perilli, founder of Pixel Muscle and all around badass, for adding “multipotentialite” to my vocabulary. Probably should’ve paid closer attention to my hooked on phoenics, but C’est la vie I guess.

What exactly is a multipotentialite?

Wikipedia defines multipotentialite as:

“An educational and psychological term referring to a pattern found among intellectually gifted individuals. [Multipotentialites] generally have diverse interests across numerous domains and may be capable of success in many endeavors or professions, they are confronted with unique decisions as a result of these choices.”

Yup, that’s me. One thing they don’t mention though is how being a multipotentialite makes it so damn hard to decide to do anything. Or maybe that’s just me?

I love business, marketing, sales, and entrepreneurship. I’m also incredibly interested in technology, I write, record, and play music every time I get the chance, love to play video games, and am heavily invested in improving my own mental, emotional, and physical health.

But sometimes it’s hard to hone in on one thing, go deep, and become a master. I’ve struggled with this problem my entire life, and for some reason, putting a name to it has helped me find some clarity. The truth is, I’ll never be just a musician, or gamer, or photo/video nerd, salesman, etc.

I’ll always be all of them, and I need to just start acting like it.

So that brings us to the most important part of the post.

Yes, finally, the point! Screw this Mark guy for telling me so much garbage about himself I don’t want to know.”

Well jeez, I’m sorry you feel that way.

The Future of MarkCuda.com

So what is this minty green and white place?

Simply put, it’s my personal journal.

My journey from where I am today, (Anxious, unfocused, not nearly as healthy as I’d like to be, known for having lots of talents but not doing anything about it), to becoming the kind of person I look up to.

My journey from where I am today, (Anxious, unfocused, not nearly as healthy as I’d like to be, known for having lots of talents but not doing anything about it), to becoming the kind of person I look up to.

The kind of person I hope one day, others can look to as an example, one they can follow to achieve similar (and probably much greater) feats.

Daily Blogging (I’m already terrified)

My goal is to write a new post every single day for 2018, and I have no backlog as of today. 🙂 I plan to write on how I’m building new habits in 2018 like waking up at 5am, drinking more water, exercising and working out, refactoring my time so I can give my best to my team at work and my best to myself in my personal pursuits.

Kinds of content to expect:

  • Reviews of the services, products, and methodologies I’ll use to groom myself into a superhero (or at least a normal human being). Think Planners, task managers, etc.
  • How-to’s, tutorials, and reviews of the tools, gear, and products I use to make my job, my business ventures, my music and videos as high quality and efficient as possible. MixMax vs Yesware showdown, anyone?
  • I’ll share the music I’m working on, the quotes that inspire me, the videos I’m making, and anything and everything I think might help you become the best version of you, by watching me struggle to do the same.

Anything and everything I do to make my life better, that I hope will make yours too, expect it here.

I’m sure some posts will be deeper than others, and some will be more sh*tty than others. But every single one of them will be real life, I can promise you that.

Over time, I hope to share more of my personal journey up until now, and how my life has shaped who I am and will continue to shape who I become.

I’m 14 again

At the beginning of this far-too-long blog post, I told you about a 14-year-old kid name Mark who just wanted to buy MarkCuda.com. Well, little buddy, we did it. Now it’s time to get to work.

My daily blogging challenge starts right now, January 1st, 2018. If I miss a day, I’ll kick my own ass, and you probably will too. But I’ll do my very best to stay on track.

I truly can’t wait to see what’s in store. I hope you join me on my journey, and more importantly, I hope you start your own.

Tomorrow on the blog (Jan 2, 18): Starting the new habit of waking up at 5am.

Cheers,
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2 Responses
  • Christopher Perilli
    January 1, 2018

    Great to be 14 again! Great article man thanks for the shout out.

    • Maegan Marrero
      January 2, 2018

      Wow incredible article and major inspiration. Thanks for expressing your raw self !

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