March 27, 2017

Nostalgic Blog Post

Many of you who read this probably don't know me, I was a former DC coach way back when. I've admittedly not paid any attention to the poker world the last 3 or so years. I couldn't tell you who the reigning WSOP champion is or who the best cash player in the world is. I have very little idea of what the poker landscape looks like and as usual I hope everyone on DC is improving and evolving. My life has changed a lot since my last blog post (3 years ago!) and I'll get to that in a bit.

But first, how did I get back here? It all goes back to July 3rd 2016. I was on my twitter looking for Kevin Durant news, if you remember this was when he was in the Hamptons for July 4th weekend being and had his meeting with the Celtics. I then saw it (and don't feel like digging it up) but it was a fake adrian wojnarowski account (NBA Writer) that said, Kevin Durant signs with the Celtics. While I don't play poker anymore, I didn't lose all my trait to try and exploit every edge possible. So what did I do? I decided to go ahead and place a bet on them to win the NBA championship at +1500. Unfortunately, I got fake newsd in a topic completely unrelated to politics. 

Anyways, writing it off as an accident I'm obviously a big Celtics fan this year. So why is that significant tonight? They are now tied for the lead in the East with the Cavs. I won't get into the significance of that but I couldn't sleep tonight and saw the standings. It led me to watch a Brad Stevens press conference and I remembered how I talked about about Brad Stevens in one of my video series (I believe it was down on the farm). I tried to find it but no longer have access to my videos but jumped back into the blog section and started to type. (I've also gone down a deep Brad Stevens rabbit hole and ordered a book that he recommends.)

Much has happened to me personally over the last few years that's significant, but for the sake of time I wanted to talk about where I'm going to go with this blog. Not much will change, it will be incredibly random with spurts of gambling mixed in, however instead of poker I'll be discussing Daily Fantasy Sports. Its been a hobby of mine the last 2 years with varying degrees of success. My biggest struggle so far has been with the mental side of it and I need some place to empty my thoughts and move forward as this blog was huge for me back in the day and I'm curious if it can serve the same purpose for me all these years later. It's hard to believe black friday was 6 years ago.

I hope this blog will be helpful for some and enjoyable for others. It's something I've missed doing and I'll try hosting here for a while. It's gotta be more productive than scrolling through twitter right?

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other."

- Abraham Lincoln

Posted By bosoxx34 at 06:20 AM

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June 16, 2014

Poker in the Real World

Hey guys,

Been a while since my last update so I wanted to make a post as things are about to become very crazy in my life. I’m getting married in about a month and am consumed with all the responsibilities that come with that. Not only that, I’m changing jobs in a week.

I’m currently in a contract role for Bank of America and while I enjoy what I do, I really needed something that gave me the comfort of full time with benefits. Not only that, the new company I’m working for has everything I’m looking for as an employer and seems like an incredible place to work. If I had to choose between an offer between BOA and my new company I’m most likely picking my new company 99% of the time.

Finally, my fiancé and I just bought a house last week. We’ve been living in apartments for a while now and even though our current apartment is great and by far the nicest either of us have lived in, the mortgage at our new home will be cheaper than our rent payments, so it’s sort of a no brainer. We’re closing on the house a week after we get back from the honeymoon, so there will be very little rest in the upcoming weeks.

This post is already a bit rambly, however the point I wanted to make sure I touched on was the interesting way the poker mindset has really changed the way I approach my job(s) and life in general. I was fortunate enough to receive coaching from 2 great poker minds in Vanessa and Jsnipes. These two changed the way I thought about the game and in turn that has transitioned to changing the way I think about life.

Through preparing for interviews I’ve spent many hours contemplating on how to explain poker. It wasn’t really until then that I figured out how much this has impacted how I thought about many different situations. There is no one size fits all approach for any problem and in fact one of my most hated phrases are “This is how we do things” or “That’s the way things are.” That type of thinking is littered throughout the world today and is just incredibly inefficient. The status quo may be the best solution to whatever problem you’re tackling, however there may be a better one out there that nobody has thought of yet because nobody has been encouraged to explore. It’s something that baffles me and I really don’t understand the need to do something because it worked 10 years ago, gotta stick with it.

Another change I can point to my poker playing days is becoming much more aggressive. It’s really surprising to me to see how passive most people are when facing a challenge. I’m not 100% sure if this was poker or just my personality, but I’m always looking to go faster (within reason) and make adjustments if necessary. For example, after I applied to a job, I sent an E-mail to a recruiter from that company on linked-in. Did it work? No, but it was a much more proactive line than applying and hoping something would come of it.

Finally, not being afraid to make changes if something isn’t working. In poker, you’re always making adjustments whether you win or lose. It’s a little different in life, but sometimes making changes are necessary. In my opinion the worst mistake people make is sitting back hoping something good will come of it, even though what they’re currently doing is producing no results. I’d much rather make a proactive mistake than sitting back hoping something good happens.

It’s funny the things we don’t pick up while we’re consumed in the game. It’s tough to take a step back when you’re playing, studying or reviewing into how this is affecting the bigger picture. When black Friday hit, I always wondered what would come next and if I’d end up being OK during a pretty scary time. My number one fear was how to explain my past as a poker player, almost as if it were a crutch. However as time has gone on, I no longer see it as such, I now see it as an extremely beneficial time in my life and one that has given me a competitive advantage.

When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had. And it is only when we are faced with failure do we realise that these resources were always there within us. We only need to find them and move on with our lives.

 

-          A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Posted By bosoxx34 at 12:48 AM

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March 14, 2014

A little update action

  • Good to see KasinoKrime (as well a 2four) blogging again. Kasino's stuff is great, when I fully dedicated myself to PLO it was an expensive lesson, my lines were always trending downwards. I was typically losing money w/o a showdown, getting money in with slight edges and as a big dog. I had received coaching from some of the best minds in the game and couldn't get it together until I started to talk to Kasino. He was able to guide me towards the right path. After about a month all my lines were trending up. I wasn't crushing but was well on my way when black Friday hit. This is just a way of saying read his blog, and listen to what he has to say, it's all good stuff.
  • I'm getting married in 4 months now and have been dieting to get in shape for the wedding for the past 6 weeks or so. Things have been going great for me as I'm down 15 pounds, however for Kate not so much. She's changed her diet and is working out about an hour a day but can't seem to lose any weight. I feel awful for her and we think it may be her thyroid. She has a ton of the symptoms of hypothyroidism and is going to see an endocrinologist in the near future. Hopefully we can get some answers soon.
  • I also wanted to say thank you to DC members Kulk and SnappieVouz for the advice in learning code instead of SQL. I haven't dove head first into it but everyone else I talked to about it agreed. In fact, this spring I'm taking an online course in advanced baseball analytics via Boston University. During that we'll learn SQL and R. Besides that, baseball has obviously always been a great passion of mine. It'll be a great course to sit in on and I really can't wait for it to start, it should be very cool.

Posted By bosoxx34 at 03:39 AM

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January 01, 2014

2013 is done, what's next? (Learning SQL)

Hey guys, hope 2013 was great for everyone. I was incredibly fortunate and am looking forward to trying to make 2014 the best year possible. My main goal for 2014 is to learn how to write SQL. Now that I've told you that, let me explain why. My job is basically a quality assurance/quality control type of job. I test for a division of the bank I work at and really enjoy it. However, I'm only on a year contract and when I have to apply for new jobs I'd like to have another skill that helps me stand out. Not only that, I find writing any type incredibly interesting and it's incredibly important in the world of data. However I have absolutely no experience with it.

Some of you may remember my blog post last year about my datamining struggles and how I had no idea what I was doing with MATLAB. It was then I realized how difficult it was to write code with no experience however at the same time it intrigued me and I made it a priority to do some research on that. Fast forward about 9 months later to my current job and talking with people from the tech team, and they mentioned how writing code isn't that hard once you get past the initial learning curve and understand the logic. Now I take this with a grain of salt since most people will tell you when they know something that it isn't very difficult, but again it was encouraging to hear.

Not only that, in my recent spare time I have been watching TED Talks. They're incredibly interesting and motivating and a great source of information. From that I've become much more determined to be more productive in my spare time. While watching TV and playing video games has its place in helping to relax and stay sane for me, it's something I'd like to do less of and be a bit more productive in my spare time. That's not to say I'll completely shut those things out entirely, however when I get bored with TV instead of finding something new to watch I'll go ahead and continue with my education of SQL.

Now I have no experience with writing code, and am curious where to start. I'm going to head to barnes and noble today or tomorrow and try to pick up a book on the basics and then go from there. Does anyone out there have any experience with this and have any tips, Learning resources, etc? Trying to give myself the best possible chance to succeed and any help would be appreciated.

Hope all DCers that are still playing poker keep crushing. May 2014 be great for you.

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young."

- Henry Ford

Posted By bosoxx34 at 03:16 PM

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November 17, 2013

Couldn't stay away

Now that life has finally slowed down enough for me to think clearly I'm going to start blogging again. Probably once a month from anything about from life to poker to anything in between.  I'll touch on a little of everything in this post. Firstly, I got engaged a few weeks ago. Kate and I had been going out for a little over 2 years, I've learned a lot from her and am extremely fortunate we met. We couldn't be happier and plan on getting married on April 11, 2015.  
I couldn't help but think about black Friday when we settled on that date, about 2.5 years ago I never thought the middle of April would be a happy time for me, couldn't help but smile when thinking about how short it takes for things to come full circle. If black Friday doesn't come, who knows how things workout? I don't know if I'd call it a blessing in disguise, but I no longer look back on it with bitter feelings anymore.

Onto my next point, my current job is to test scenarios for new software, it keeps you on your toes, there's always something to do, and is really a challenge. It has some similarities to poker in so far as you have to make quick decisions at times, think creatively, and be adaptable. Currently we are wrapping up our first round of testing a couple weeks earlier. We're now going to retest quite a bit of stuff and basically think of other scenarios to basically break stuff.  I'm not sure exactly why but on Friday in our weekly team meeting when we were told this, it made me think of my coaching sessions with Vanessa. 

A little background first. This was in the summer of 2008, I had just spent the last year of poker being coached by jsnipes. He took me from being a $200 HUNL loser to doing very well at 200-600NL. We were friends away from coaching and talked strategy quite a bit so I decided I wanted a bit of a change. He had no problem with it, I knew he was close to Vanessa and asked him about her. He had rave reviews, so I sent her an E-mail and we set up some coaching sessions.

A few things I learned about Vanessa after one session:

  1. She scared the shit out of me. I've played for some tough coaches over the years but she knew what she was talking about and was very assertive in getting her point across. I remember I acted too fast one time and she said "Will you stop acting so fast, I was going to tell you to do something else." Sure enough her line would've extracted much more value. I didn't act too quickly again out of both fear and respect.
  2. This was going to be extremely beneficial
  3. This was basically my reaction after our first each one of our sessions:
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  7. She thinks about scenarios different than anyone I've ever talked to

And the last point is something I want to expand more on. So many times when I was playing, I would hear someone talk about a hand and the response would be "standard." I'm not sure if Vanessa has ever uttered the words standard during a coaching session. Basically I'll try to sum up her poker philosophy in a few short sentences. Even though I was making a bunch of money at the time, and the decisions I were making were profitable, they weren't necessarily right. Nothing is really standard and nothing is necessarily wrong as long as you have a good reason for it. The answer to "why did you do that" should not be "I don't know" or "That's what I always do." Question everything and basically don't be standard.


I was confused while listening to her, I can't imagine how my opponents felt. I did some of the strangest stuff during our coaching sessions (and outside of it), but it was by far the most success I've ever had as a poker player. There were some learning woes but to tie it all together, I was trying to break stuff be it conventional wisdom, my opponents willpower, etc. It's something I've tried to carryover into all facets of life. Just because something works one way doesn't mean it's the best way. It may be incredibly efficient, there may be no reason to change it, however if you don't try to change it you'll never know what you may find.


"To be normal is the ideal aim of unsuccessful" - Carl Gustav Junj


 


 


 

Posted By bosoxx34 at 05:47 AM

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October 15, 2013

From Busto to Robusto (Part 3)

Part 1: http://www.deucescracked.com/blogs/bosoxx34/102511-From-Busto-to-Robusto

Part 2: http://www.deucescracked.com/blogs/bosoxx34/102591-From-Busto-to-Robusto-Part-2-

It was a good thing I had another interview that day, it forced me to ignore how upset I was and focus on the task at hand. That day, the interview went well but something felt off. The interviewee and I got along well enough but there just didn't seem to be a mutual connection (Yes, I realize this sounds like an analysis of a first date). However, at the end of the interview he basically said "It's down to you and another guy, if I don't go with you I'll see if another team needs help and recommend you." It just felt weird. Anyways after that I pretty much chalked up not getting that job and started trying to prepare for my interview the next day with a different division at BOA. At this point I really had nothing to lose, however I was telling Kate that if I didn't have any luck finding a job I'd apply to Dick's or something and make it work. I had already worked a crappy job with terrible hours and we needed a paycheck from me in one way or another.


The next day was a 3 person interview, they started off asking about my poker playing. Although it wasn't scripted, at this point I had told the story enough times that it rolled off my tongue rather easily. The rest of the interview went well, but I had been through this before. The weird part is, before the interview I didn't even really know what the job was. It was called a financial analyst, however when reading the job description, I didn't really understand any of the requirements. Nevertheless I thought it went well and the next day (A Friday) while going to help Kate set up her classroom, I got an E-mail from my recruiter telling me the feedback was positive and to expect an offer.

It had felt like a 10,000 pound guerrilla was lifted off my back. Everything involving money became way easier. On Tuesday they called and officially offered me the job and told me I started on September third. On my start date I was nervous with a bunch of anxiety. Even wondering if turning around, going home and just getting another job was an option. I had no idea what I was doing, I had never had a job like this before, how am I going to like the people in my office, etc? 

Long story short, things have been great. I really enjoy my job. My teammates are great and have welcomed me in well. I had heard horror stories about BOA and how it's a dog eat dog atmosphere. I'm sure it is in some cases but so far I haven't seen it. As far as what I do on a day to day basis:

We do some odd jobs but for the most part we work with financial application that other divisions of the bank use. So anyways the application does is say you want to add/edit an account, company, etc in a database you can do it through that. We have 3 databases we use and we're trying to get it down to one in the near future

However what my team does is test the changes for application. Right now we're in version 5.1. So basically what we do is after version 5.0 is released, the teams that use the application come to us with improvements. We map them out and write out each scenario. Then we send them to be coded and they update it. From there we run the test scripts that we write out that test each scenario, and if everything works we send it to production and if anything fails  we iron on the defects and get it fixed.

So there it is, my long road to success. I've been very fortunate it many ways and am thankful I was able to find a job that I enjoy. Eventually I'll probably write a blog on what i could've done different and what I've learned from everything in case there are any college students who read this blog, but its been a long interesting journey that forced me to grow up awfully fast along the way. I still miss poker but am hopeful that in 10 years I can say that black friday was a blessing in disguise.

"Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines."
Richard M. Nixon


Posted By bosoxx34 at 03:22 AM

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October 11, 2013

From Busto to Robusto (Part 2)

The next day I was at work, hoping to hear back from either of the 2 companies I interviewed with when I got a call from Kate. I asked how the interview went and she said "It went terrible, it only lasted 20 minutes and they OFFERED ME THE JOB! I start in 2 weeks" While I was overjoyed at her success part of me wondered how we were going to make it work. We were already broke I didn't have a job in Charlotte, and we had nothing. All I knew is we were moving and there wasn't anything I was going to do to stop it.

After Kate accepted the job, I was hoping like crazy that I'd hear from one of my interviews. For the banking job, the interviewer had texted me asking when I can be down for an in person interview and told him when, he said he'd be in touch then and had heard nothing from the financial analyst position at the store. The time was flying by, we needed to secure an apartment, pack our things, and other random moving errands  and all with very little money, very little credit, and very little time. (Excuse the formatting here)

As far as the apartment, after some struggles we were able to secure one the day before we were driving down. Fortunately my parents gave me us a going away package that was able to buy us about a month in terms of expenses. I can safely say without that, I'm not quite sure what we would've done for the first month. Saying goodbye to family and friends wasn't easy but it was a necessity. There were very few jobs available in my hometown and I didn't have any relevant experience.


So we prepared to make the 10 hour drive to Charlotte NC. The day of the move, getting everything packed up and in the car I  received a phone call from the department store. They wanted to have 2 more phone interviews, one that day and one the next. I was so optimistic and well prepared, we had to push our departure time back but it was a no brainer decision for us. 


The first interview was that day and I thought it went very well. It was pretty informal but it was a great 30 minute conversation. Kate and I stayed overnight in Morgantown WV which is about halfway between Rochester and Charlotte. The next day my interview was at 2:30 and we were going to get into Charlotte around 1. Wouldn't you know it, around noon 70 miles outside of Charlotte, Kate's car broke down.


Murphy's Law right? We stopped at a gas station deciding what to do after AAA gets there to tow her car, Kate offers to drive so I can take the interview over the phone. I was considering just staying at the gas station but no sense to wait there for 30-45 minutes after the tow got there. about 2 minutes before 2:30 Kate stopped at a rest stop so I could take my call. It wasn't an ideal scenario but it was the best out of all the options. 


Again, this interview went really well. No offer at the end of it but the VP said since I'm getting into Charlotte on Tuesday lets meet up again. When I hung up I told Kate what he said and she mentioned "It sounds like they're going to offer you the job." I agreed and for the first time in a long time I was optimistic about getting a job.


Funny enough before we made it to Charlotte, the Bank of America guy texted me asking when could we meet. This was on a Thursday and I actually said on Monday because I was worried what I'd do if he offered me the job on Friday. Talking about getting ahead of yourself. BOA guy was unavailable until Wednesday but offered to meet over the weekend at a Starbucks. Again, I turned that down.


On Monday my recruiter called with another job from Bank of America and set something up for Thursday. I was a little short with her as I was focusing on my interview the next day as that was a full time position and the other 2 were contract jobs, but thanked her and went back to studying.


So came the big day, I was ready to go. I had answered all of their interview questions, what else could they ask me? The interview was at 10 and I got my first taste of Charlotte traffic. as I had left at 8:45 and it took me about an hour to get there. I gave my name to the security guard in the lobby and had to take a picture for a visitor's pass. As I sat waiting with my prepared questions I was just ready to end this process, and as I soon found out so were they.


I saw the VP walking towards me and he was with the guy I had my very first interview with. He said he just wanted to come down to say hello again, but had to run back upstairs. The VP sat down next to me in the lobby and asked "Any questions for me?" I asked him something like, what's a typical workweek like and if I was hired, when would I start.


To the second question he said "To be honest with you, we're not in any hurry to fill this position. My guess is it's going to be about another month. Any other questions?" I had nothing, disheartened that it could take another month. I just said "Nope, that's all I got." He responded, "Well thanks for coming in, sorry to make you go through traffic. I'm really busy today and honestly I just wanted to put a face to the name. Thanks for coming in."


I got up and shook his hand and left. There was so many emotions running through my body. I was pissed, disappointed, defeated, shocked, and frustrated to name a few. What was the point of having me come in? It was ridiculous, the interview process had already been about 4-6 weeks and now it's going to take another month?


The next morning I got a call from the HR department, they decided to go with someone else. I hung up the phone and just sat on the couch just exhausted with the whole job search, not mad or upset. It was clear after yesterdays "interview" that I wasn't a high priority there. After playing/teaching a game of deception and lies for a living for 4 years, my first thought was "Maybe real life isn't a whole lot different from poker."


Part 3 to come soon


On a side note, I recently randomly texted chuck because a friend of mine was in NYC. I briefly caught up with him, but I'm curious what other poker players are doing since black friday. Feel free to PM me, comment in the blog, whatever you want. I'm constantly curious about that sort of thing as to how we all ended up.

Posted By bosoxx34 at 02:22 AM

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October 08, 2013

From Busto to Robusto

Hey guys, this will most likely be my last blog post at DC. I know that's not much of a loss as since black friday I've rarely posted but it holds some sentimental value to me as this blog was a big part of my poker playing for a couple years. It was a forum for me to decompress, spitball ideas, talk theory, or just think out loud. Not only that, I had a great bunch of readers who made great comments and provided help whenever I asked for it. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who made this a good experience for me. I'll still check in on DC from time to time. I always read Tecmo's and twofour's blog post as well as any other random title that catches my eye, but as far as me blogging, this post will be my last.

My last post I made was after my second quarter of grad school. I was struggling to get through life, working a full time job for minimum wage in order to pay for my living expenses as well as taking an extra class each quarter in order to finish early. It really was a struggle and I was really spent by March. My last quarter I did well enough grade wise but I wasn't all there. I wasn't retaining any of the information and would just cram for the tests and be done with it. I had a struggle with my last project with a couple group members who and actually had to do work past my graduation date which is probably the most frustrated I've ever been in my life. I didn't realize how graduate students could be so lazy, and these students didn't have jobs other than going to school. A lot of it was validated however when my second to last day I was leaving the campus and a student who I had a few classes with and knew my story just because of chit chat here and there said "I admire your stamina" during a conversation we were having. Which at that point was just awesome to hear, it made the last couple days so much easier.

From there I went on the job search. I applied to places NYC, Chicago, and Charlotte, along with some other cities sprinkled in. This was at the end of May and led to the start of the most frustrating 3 months of my life. I got an interview with a trading firm in Chicago, I studied up on a bunch of brain teasers and was ready to go. However, I just wasn't prepared as I should've been an absolutely bombed the interview. The kicker was when the interviewer asked me what are the odds of getting your flush in Hold em when you have 2 spades on a 2 spade board. I haven't actually figured that out in about 10 years and had always just used the rule of while playing. That was an incredibly humbling experience, and set the tone for what was going to be a struggle to find a job.

I would send out about 10 applications a day and rarely hear back. I got some help from some twoplustwo members but things really turned around for me after I bought a book about how to search for your first job. After reading that i had realized that my resume wasn't even being looked at in most cases. I was was also a tough case. I had very little work experience for the fields that I was applying to. I was a successful poker player but not too many people cared about that and in fact I'd say it was a deterrent overall.

Also factor in that I was barely making enough to pay the bills, I hated our apartment as we had DJ's on the 3rd floor and very immature kids on the 2nd floor who loved to play their music incredibly loud. Each time I heard back from a job, it was always to say thanks for applying but unfortunately we've found someone else. On the week of July 4th my girlfriend (Kate) and I went down to Charlotte for a week so I could try to make some connections and had a couple informal interviews set up.

Overall the week in Charlotte was great. Both of my meetings went well (although one was with a recruiter) and for the first time in a long time I was optimistic. From there I got an interview based on my first informal meeting with a department store and I heard back from the recruiter saying Bank of America was interested in my story and a department at their Charlotte corporate office would like to speak to me. Also, I got an interview with Rubbermaid in Charlotte to be a financial analyst but got rejected after the first phone interview. 

They said it was because of my lack of experience but Kate was listening in and said I was saying "um" way too much and would speak too fast after getting asked a question instead of thinking about it. The interview was a real wake up call. It would've been nice to have a job but the pay was pretty low and it had so-so reviews on random job sites. However it was from there that I vowed never to be ill-prepared for an interview again. After bombing my trading firm interview as well as this one, I couldn't afford to struggle so much again both literally and figuratively. 

Moving on...the department store meeting was for a financial analyst position and I wasn't sure what the Bank interview was for. Both went well and I was optimistic about hearing positive feedback was broke. I was still in Rochester this point and it was early August. Kate was holding out applying to jobs until we knew where we were going. Early August I told her to go ahead and apply for jobs in Charlotte, since it might take some time.

She applied to jobs during the day and that night we went golfing at a small local course. Golf always helps me to clear my head and was definitely what I needed considering I was frustrated beyond belief at my job search. Kate doesn't golf but she wanted some exercise so she went with me to walk the course. Around the 6th hole she said "hmm, I just got an E-mail for an interview for one of the jobs I applied to today." I was ecstatic for her and quickly finished so we could grab some dinner and prepare her.

The next day I was at work, hoping to hear back from either of the 2 companies I interviewed with when I got a call from Kate. I asked how the interview went and she said "It went terrible, it only lasted 20 minutes and they OFFERED ME THE JOB! I start in 2 weeks" While I was overjoyed at her success part of me wondered how we were going to make it work. We were already broke I didn't have a job in Charlotte, and we had nothing. All I knew is we were moving and there wasn't anything I was going to do to stop it.

Gonna stop for now, part 2 is coming soon.

Posted By bosoxx34 at 02:28 AM

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February 21, 2013

66% Done with Grad School

And so the journey continues. I'm very excited to be 2/3 of the way done with grad school. I used to think I knew what grinding was, but one great lesson that this experience has taught me is the grind of life is >>>>>> the grind of poker. With that being said this blog post is sort of going to be all over the place, delaying before my last final of the quarter and blogging has always helped me to relax.

- I recently decided to randomly google a couple of names of baseball players I was teammates with in college. To my surprise, one is a scout for the Blue Jays and is doing very well professionally. From the looks of his website it looks like he's a scout/motivational speaker. His website is really well designed and I'm happy for him as he was always great to me at Niagara. However what I took most from his website are the lessons that every athlete has heard before, but needs to be reminded of every once in a while. Such as "failing to prepare is preparing to fail." "Don't be afraid to fail.", etc. Stuff I've heard 1,000 times and said countless of others through my coaching days but it was a nice pick me up this late in the quarter.

- To sort of go off on a tangent on that last point and unfortunately I see a lot more of this now but through coaching and just life experience I've seen my generation and younger become lazier and lazier. They have a list of excuses for not doing their job and their parents have even more, just recently I was talking to someone about my schedule (working full-time for close to minimum wage and taking more than a full load in school). He basically asked how I did it and I replied with "I really don't have any other choice." Yet I go on Facebook and see people complaining about the government holding them back or some other excuse, it sickens me. Going back to the first point, if you want something, go get it. It's not going to be easy, you're going to have to make sacrifices, but go get it.

- I'm going to start applying for jobs as I graduate in May. I'm going to get my cover letter and resume updated this weekend, I'm hoping to have a job by the time I graduate. I was recently looking at baseball jobs throughout the country and saw a couple worth applying to, it was tempting but I can't do it. I'm hoping to become a investment analyst or something in that field. I really love options and would love to get into that but those jobs can be hard to come by. Fortunately, even with the rant before I do have a very good support system that has helped me through. 

- I recently outlined my plan to a teacher and he stopped me short and said to paraphrase "Just go where you want to live, and figure it out. When I first started in NYC all I knew that was i wanted to be in NYC and I'd do anything to make it work. The job I ended up being the most successful in, I had no idea it was there when i first started. Just go, and figure it out." It was a great 10 minute chat that really opened my eyes and made me optimistic about seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. 

- 1 more test, 11 more weeks and I'm done. Vamos. 

Hope everyone is crushing that can play. One day I hope to be able to play/coach/make videos again as the DC community has been great and I'd love to give back once again. God bless.

“In everybody’s life there’s a point of no return. And in a very few cases, a point where you can’t go forward anymore. And when we reach that point, all we can do is quietly accept the fact. That’s how we survive.”

― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

Posted By bosoxx34 at 08:55 PM

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January 29, 2013

Is anyone out there a computer programer?/Familiar with MATLAB

Hey guys, I'll have a much longer update in a few weeks. I'm still poor and absolutely swamped are the cliff notes. Anyways I decided to take datamining as an elective this year because it sounded cool and I used to do it as a poker player. Little did I know this course was going to be really really really hard. I was curious if anyone out there was familiar with matlab, I have to write some code and have no idea how to go about it and don't really want to bother the teacher anymore than I have. If you're familiar with it/willing to help, shoot me a PM.

Thanks

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