January 1st, 2012
Happy new year everyone!
I don’t know about you all, but personally, I’m ready for the next step of life. I’ve already sent in my SAW, which is the paper everyone is required to write before graduation (mine was on Glik v. Cunniffe and the future of the First Amendment right to record the police or other government officials doing their official duties). Now I have two finals to go, and I’ll be done with them in 4 days. I’m almost ready for the finals, but I’m very ready to be done with them. I’ve really enjoyed law school during some points, but in the recent past it’s felt like a weight pulling me down, distracting me from doing all of the things I want to do. I realized recently that it is not that difficult to balance law school with poker playing, but it seems to be incredibly challenging to balance law school with a career as a professional poker player. I don’t work on my game very much, I don’t learn new games, I don’t update my website often enough, I never play cash games, I don’t have time to coach, and I don’t pursue other poker-related projects that I’ve thought about or had friends speak with me about. These activities always take a backseat to the poker playing itself, but it’s important to do them all to really become and stay one of the best (and most profitable) poker players out there. These are the things I’m excited about doing again… in just 4 days.
I won’t call my attempt to better myself and work on these and other productive endeavors New Years resolutions because New Years resolutions historically get broken. Similarly, I’m not calling my new gym-going and healthy-eating endeavors resolutions either. I’m just ready to move on to that phase of my life where I realize I’m not a child anymore, and I create the schedule I want and fill it with productive, healthy things that will contribute to the longevity of my health, career, and happiness. And my commitment to these new efforts happens to coincide with the beginning of the new year, and perhaps a not-so-coincidental product of end of year reflection about the good and wistful contemplation about what I could have done better. Whatever.
But let me not get ahead of myself. These are NOT New Years resolutions, they are January-5th-I’m-done-with-law-school-and-ready-for-the-next-phase commitments. And those DON’T get broken. But they also start January 5th, not January 1st. In that vein, I don’t have much time for reflection today. Not just because the fascinating world of the law of corporations awaits, but because it isn’t time yet.
So why write today? Well, funny you ask. I just wanted to jump in here to tell you about a new feature of my blog: strategy Q+A. From now on, you can use the contact form to submit strategy questions to me. I will respond to the ones I like most using this blog. Simple as that. I’ll probably also take the best ones and maybe expand on them for my “coaching tip of the month.” So ask away!
And finally, since so many of you asked, here is a preliminary travel schedule in the upcoming months:
Jan 6-15: Bahamas (PCA)
Jan 15-19: Boca Raton, FL (Grandparents)
Jan 19-23: New Orleans, LA (Visiting friends)
Jan 27-Feb 2: London, UK (home base until WSOP)
Feb 2-mid Feb: Deauville, France and Venice, IT (EPT + WPT)
Feb 20-25: Copenhagen (EPT)
Mar 12-17: Madrid (EPT)
Mar 20-29: Vienna (WPT)
Apr 16-21: Berlin (EPT)
That’s all I know for now. Of course, like any poker player, everything is subject to change.
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