Hey guys, Jose here, it's been really exciting and hectic lately. I've had a lot of PM's, emails and Skype messages which I've been doing my best to get through. But with exams, Poker and the rest of my life it's been pretty stressful, especially because I want to give each message my full attention. So far I've received some hateful messages, some weird messages, but the majority has definitely been supportive and encouraging, and for that I am so grateful! :)
This is all pretty new to me, and I'm truly surprised by how much attention my story's been getting and how many things have been coming my way! I've done a couple interviews, one for pokerPT (http://pokerpt.com/noticias/1-jogadores/10032-jose-girah-macedo-portuguese-poker-prodigy-em-entrevista-exclusiva-quarta-feira-no-pokerpt-com.html) and another for pokergob (http://www.pokergob.com/jose-macedo-portuguese-poker-prodigy-real/) and although I was really nervous for them I think they went ok, especially since the interviewers were very understanding, making me feel comfortable and at ease. I also did an interview on PokerStatic's Hot Seat (http://www.pokerstatic.com/hot-seat/interview-with-jose-girah-macedo/) , which was really exciting and fun, I thought Bret and EB did a fantastic job! :). In a way, it's sort of strange to me that people are actually interested in what I have to say, in the past it's always been me paying people to talk about Poker to me. :P It's certainly a refreshing change to talk to people who are actually interested in what I have to say!
The whole experience has just been really overwhelming, my family and friends can't believe they can Google my name and read all about this alternate life I have that they previously knew nothing about. A few shocked friends and family members have been calling asking how it's possible that they were unaware of my success. I've also had the unavoidable "If I give you $50, will you double it?" offers (mainly from school friends), to which I still don't really know what to say :P. It's also weird being in school and everyone knowing about it, I kind of expect it from my friends, but when my English teacher asks me if I'm winning or losing, it's just really strange and hard to know how to react. This thread and revealing myself to the world has somehow made me really happy though, like there's a weight off my chest. I feel more confident and yet I still can't believe it myself sometimes.
P.S. I've had a lot of requests for coaching as well as people asking me about how I got the most out of the coaches who I had. It's an interesting topic, so next time I'm going to write my thoughts on coaching in general, my personal experiences in coaching(both getting and giving), how to prepare for coaching sessions, and some stuff about my own coaching philosophy. Please be sure to check it out!
I hope you enjoyed and thanks a lot for reading :) Triple P... José signing out!