None (but Wubble calls me Timbo Slice)
I dont think i ever decided to become a poker player. I fell in love playing it with friends in home games after school, when i was 16/17 and since then I took a series of baby steps towards the place I’m in now. Somewhere along the line I decided that the freedom and possibility poker could provide meant I had to try and do it ‘professionally’
Not sure on I can answer this one specifically as depends on a lot for me. I know the traits of a perfect day for me though, plenty of space for the creative side of the things I’m working on, also flexibility and freedom to allow for some spontaneity in the day, with some time spent connecting with friends and loved ones.
Too many to choose one, I love everything from the old delta blues musicians like Howling through to hip-hop and English indie music. I can say that my favourite music to listen to whilst grinding is a DJ called Nightmares on wax would recommend for anyone wanting something relaxing to listen to whilst playing.
In no particular order:
The Art of Learning by Joshua Waitzkin. I think this book is kind of like a mental game book, for peak performance in any field, its super rich in insights.
Secondly I like Waking Up by Sam Harris: Seems to me to be a one of the clearest and concisest books on the nature of the mind and meditation, but without a lot of the religiosity which is present in books like The power of now.
Thirdly, 1984 by George Orwell is a classic. Its just an epic book, and a nice insight into a dystopian ‘future’ which some feel isn’t to far away from the direction present western societies are trending.
If i had a completely free schedule for 6 months, id go to India. I’ve heard people travelling there either love their experience or hate it, but I love visiting cultures which are alien to my own, the country is so vast with so much to see I’m sure i’d love it.
This country (The Netherlands) is extremely liberal and tolerant, but at the same time I find that Dutch people can be extremely blunt, straight to the point, sometimes rude? I find this pretty interesting as these personality traits seem pretty opposing.
I think i would do pretty much all boring things for the first month or so, help secure family financially, I’d think about buying a house yada yada. But after that; I’m not sure… I think I’d continue on a similar trajectory, and probably still play close to full time. I’d like to see just how good I could become in this field and then use all the things along the way as a springboard to scale into something else. I love problem solving and engaging in ideas and concepts so I think I’d try and reconcile these, maybe teach?
Its funny I never thought about this until just reading this, but I’d have to say finishing my Bachelors in philosophy a couple years back. This isn’t a particularly notable accomplishment I feel, but I did for the longest time have the impression that I was not smart at all, and it wasn’t until I started reading and studying philosophy at 17 that I realised I had conflated my boredom in school for lack of intelligence.
Sounds cliche but learning, I fell in love with the learning process recently; I never knew how enjoyable it was to shift focus from some future payoff say in poker, to the more immediate takeaways and shifts in perspective we gain incrementally learning.
Struggling to word this one correctly as to not blow my own horn too much; but I’d say openness or open mindedness; i say this because it feels to me like I absorb information and ideas super quite quickly (provided i find them interesting), and integrate them quickly. I think this is immensely helpful for poker and all areas of life
I lack patience for things I don’t have interest in or I see little relevance in. It can cause me to disregard things which are important as irrelevant. I have a short attention span would be one way to put it.
The biggest regret in my life is that I didn’t realise that hard work is more important than talent, and in the talents I had growing up, I never put the hard work into them and subsequently those talents fleeted.
I’d be more honest, and I would invest the handwork into those areas of my life which I showed some talent and promise, as that was pretty much non existent for me at a younger age, if I was having fun doing something I would do it, and when the fun subsided I stopped. I had no grasp of a reward at the end of some hard work.
No, idea something true, something nice.