Chess, Success, and Lost Bets

I have an underdeveloped theory that there are two games that everyone should learn to play well.

Chess and poker.

Unfortunately, I can’t play either. Someone teach me, please.

Chess would teach me to strategize long-term, and poker would teach me to manage risk.

This all came out of a conversation I had with the wise PWK on opening day at SoWa Market. Maybe he isn’t so wise, though, because he lost a pretty big bet with high stakes.

The bet?

Which lot the Cookie Monstah truck was in.

No surprise, PWK getting in the way
No surprise, PWK getting in the way

The reward?

Ice cream and cookies.

Cookie Monsta Classic Cookies and Cream: Chocolate Chip Cookie and Vanilla Ice Cream

He inspired me to start reading again- especially non-business/self-help books.

So I finally pulled the trigger and ordered a bunch of books I’ve been meaning to read. I have to keep my book load pretty limited though, since I’m taking only a backpack to India.

Here’s what’s coming…

Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found by Suketu Mehta

The Noticer: Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective by Andy Andrews

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis

I hope in some, at least indirect, way, these coming books and conversations will help me gain some insight into what a successful life means to me.

3 things I’m thankful for:

1. PWK

2. The internet

3. CVS coupons

One thought on “Chess, Success, and Lost Bets

  1. I’ve always wanted to be famous, even if it costs me an ice cream sandwich. Mission accomplished.

    Also, incredibly stellar writing.


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