The universe is constantly communicating with you. Opportunities to learn and become a better version of yourself can be spotted everywhere. You just have to know to look for them.
I played online poker and occasionally live poker for years. I also worked for almost 9 years at the organization that sanctions the card game duplicate contract bridge in North America. There are quite a few lessons to be learned playing card games that are applicable well beyond the table.
In this article, I will share 3 of the valuable lessons I have learned from observing card players.
“WT at 11 today?” my friend Randy texted one Saturday in mid-July. “WT” is short for Wildcat Tavern, the neighborhood bar where we normally meet every Saturday for brunch.
“I can’t make it today, Randy,” I texted back. “I’d like to, but I haven’t earned the right to go out.”
I live in a downtown neighborhood of a major Southern city, with plenty of bars. They’re like my living rooms away from home. I catch up with my many friends there. However, there’s a temptation to go out to the bars too much, which can hurt my professional writing career.
“It just kills me how many SELFISH people there are in this community!” typed one angry resident in a post on Nextdoor. “Only in this city would people be so STUPID that there’s a path out of the pandemic, and they refuse to take it!”
About 15 commenters echoed the sentiments, calling the people who had not yet got the vaccine “idiots” and saying that they don’t care how many people die as long as they can exercise their “free-dumb” not to get the shot.
I can relate to this in some sense. I’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID for…
We all have that one aspect of our job that we wish we didn’t have to deal with — but we do.
For a postal letter carrier, that aspect might be vicious dogs.
For a shoe salesman, it could be smelly feet.
For a corporate office worker, it might be weekly departmental meetings.
For professional writers — those of us who write on platforms like this one where anyone can leave a comment — it would have to be trolls.
In this article, we’ll take a look at how you can eliminate one way they impinge on your life —…
One piece of advice new writers hear from writing experts is this: If you want to get serious about writing on this platform, shoot for a set number of times to publish per week. 5 (or even 7) is ideal, but if you can only write a few hours a week, pick a lower number. Pick a number that will stretch you, but which is achievable.
In the beginning, they’ll tell you, quantity matters more than quality. It’s better to publish 5 C-plus pieces a week than it is to aim for one A-plus piece in the same time frame…
A big part of the reason we keep toxic people around is that we figure we can’t do any better.
Without them in relationships, we worry that we’d be single for life. Without them in friendships, we worry that we wouldn’t have any friends at all.
So we let them trample all over us in a one-sided manner. If we do something that offends the other — which eventually we will do, because we’re all human — we’re expected to atone for our sins. …
Imagine working in an environment where you don’t belong for years, even decades. Subconsciously, you know you should get out of there, and your body sends you signals many times throughout the workday. Yet you fail to acknowledge them. You fail to hear the message in all those signals you’re sending yourself.
I worked in a field I didn’t enjoy for close to 20 years. I held several different jobs throughout that period. My body sent me the same signal at all of them, although it sent the signal more at some jobs than others.
I missed the signal at…
I am so incredibly proud of my restaurant and bar service-industry folks as we come out of the COVID pandemic.
You were hit with reduced seating, limited hours, mandatory food purchases with alcohol, and all sorts of regulations that targeted your industry. You faced surprise inspections, sometimes multiple times a week. You lost employees to jobs in other industries.
And yet, you survived. You’re still here. That’s amazing. I want to see you do really well this year. I want it to be your best year ever.
Recently a general manager of one of my favorite restaurants asked me, “Paul…