How I Went From Waiting Tables to Being a Professional Blackjack Player

Over the summer I put quite a bit of time into developing a new biz plan for a blackjack educational website. One of the projects I had was to write some content that we would be giving for free as a way to build trust and generate publicity.

I ended up writing out my story of how I became a professional blackjack player. It was a really fun process that involved about 2 weeks of writing, 1 week of proofreading, and one week of design.

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In the end, I am really happy with the product.  For me it has done quite a few things

  1. Writing this helped me to reflect on my life as a business person. Many people have a list of jobs, salary increases,  and degrees to refer to as benchmarks. I do not have these same benchmarks and it can be really easy to feel like I have not accomplished anything.
  2. Blackjack has a mystique and secrecy about it that has kept me from sharing many details with people and probably kept a lot of people from asking. I don’t like that. Writing the story was a good way for me to let people know that I have nothing to hide and I want to be a part of their story by letting them be a part of mine.
  3. I feel like I have learned a lot from the choices that I have made for my business and family and I wanted to share those in a productive way that can be accessed by people.Screen shot 2009-11-12 at 2.45.47 PM

In the end, my only real regret is there is a whole nether angle to write about that I didn’t touch. That is the interpersonal and faith based lessons that I have learned from my interactions with “church based religion” in all of this. Specifically with my involvement in leading a blackjack team. Some of these stories are my favorite and I hope someday to be able to document this, if for nothing else, that I don’t forget it.

Lessons Learned on Writing…

  • 3 words. Deadline. Deadline. Deadline. I have been thinking about writing this story for years. The only thing that made me do it was deciding to write 3 books in 3 months. Well, the 3 months have passed and I’m done with 1.5 of them. That’s 1.5 more than I had 6 months ago.
  • Don’t worry about if you have something good enough to say or what people will think. Most people who really do have something good to say don’t feel like anyone will listen. Write it out. Do it for yourself. People who think it is valuable will find it.  I have had quite a few people say that it was one of the most encouraging biz stories that they have heard. One of those makes up for 100 others that will complain about me doing something that they don’t approve of.

Below is a description of the book taken from the website. Sorry, if it’s a bit “salesy” but it’s all true, and to even attempt to write your own story you have to adopt a bit of self-promotion at least in promoting the lessons that you have learned.

What You’ll Find:

  • How I bought 3 houses, paid for college, raised children, and never took a loan while only working 10 hours a week.
  • How getting hit by a car (or any accident) can be the best thing that ever happens to you
  • How to say “NO” to living a boring life
  • How we lived a life of “luxury” for under $10/day
  • How I built a business for $800
  • How to ask AND answer the right questions to determine if YOU should count cards
  • How to transition a hobby to a profession
  • Why Friends are the most important asset in any business proposition.
  • How I made $10,000 off of swim suit calendars
  • How going to school can get in the way of learning.
  • How to Choose a business partner
  • The MOST IMPORTANT question to ask to assess the risk of a new business venture.

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