February 21, 2013
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