The Direction

After having way too much fun, I’m back in Playa del Carmen and back to work.

The transition from leisurely vacation to structured grind hasn’t exactly been seamless.  Flew into town on the 20th and figured I’d wake up the next day and bang out eight hours of work like I used to.  Nope.  I think I put in two hours the first day before being lured outside by bright sunshine clear blue skies.  It’ll take some time to get back to the old habits but I’m confident I’ll get there if I keep working at it.

Allow me to soapbox for a second.  Since achieving SNE last November, several poker players have reached out to me and along with offering their congratulations, said something along the lines of:

Man, I wish I had your work ethic

Perhaps I’m getting riled up all over semantics of the English language, but I can’t stand the “have” part of that sentence.   To me, have is the wrong word.  As the picture illustrates below, ‘One does not simply have a work ethic.’

Work ethics can’t be bought.  They’re not bestowed upon the infants of wealthy parents, like trust funds or proverbial silver spoons.  When someone tells me they wish they had my work ethic, I’m conflicted.  Part of me wants to thank them and part of me wants to punch them square in the face.  I appreciate being recognized for hard work, but there’s an underlying inescapable envy in the tone.  As if a work ethic was some tangible item and I had been gifted the last one on earth.

Man, I wish I had your work ethic

No.  What you mean to say is, “I wish I worked as hard as you.”

And you can.

To be honest, I’m often flabbergasted at the idea that I’m one of the more hard-workers in my niche of the poker world.  Me?  I haven’t blogged in over a month or played poker since November.  I  spend an embarrassing amount of time surfing the internet and doing a whole bunch of nothing.  Sometimes friends ask me about what I do when I’m not working and I struggle to find answers.  Uhhh, have you seen that new cat video?  Because I have.


While browsing those cat videos I stumbled across Eric Thomas, a motivational speaker.  I’ve posted this quote of his before but it’s too good to not post again.

Most of you say you want to be successful, but you don’t want it bad – you just kinda want it. You don’t want it badder than you wanna party. You don’t want it as much as you want to be cool. - Eric Thomas, The Hip Hop Preacher

So if you want a better work ethic, all you have to do is (gasp!) work at it.   You don’t have to be perfect.  I think that’s where a lot of guys go wrong, they have this idea that it’s all-or-nothing and then get discouraged when they stumble.  Don’t do that.  Just try to make steps in the right direction.  For example, on the morning of the 21st, I wanted to put in a full day’s grind.  I failed.  I failed again on the 22nd.  And the 23rd.  And the 24th.  And today.  But that doesn’t mean I’m a failure or I have a poor work ethic.  Although it might not look like it, I’m making progress, as each day my hours played have increased.  It’s a slight increase, but it’s a step in the right direction.