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By: spencer13h, Spencer Howland
Jun 28 2017 12:00pm
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Spencer talks about something that he has recently struggled with in regards to self-improvement. 

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I don't know if you would by MindlessMarty at Wed, 06/28/2017 - 14:18
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I don't know if you would call it autopilot or not, but for me personally, what I felt sometimes playing mtg was the "inertia" or most commonly known as "laziness" to think in certain situations.

Sure,sometimes it's because we are tired but what I found with experience was many times it was because I already have given up on that particular match or had the lack of confidence to keep searching for the winning play. For example, when things start to get complicated on the board, you get so overwhelmed sometimes you just think "screw it" and see where it leads...other times you were just thinking about the last matchup and your results and that it's useless to play anymore because you won't top8 anyway...

I totally agree with your video man. If you want to improve, just don't give up, play as much as you can and take things slowly. Always keep looking for that winning play and how you can improve. My lesson, particularly, was learning patience, because in many situations you won't remember your games and mistakes. You won't know the answer right away. But that's alright. Keep playing and you will learn and you will get better! Trust the process sounds cliche...but if you are patient, things will work out for you!

Also, I love how you mentioned to enjoy your victories and achievements but also other's people successes. Make other players around you stronger will make you so much stronger too...you will learn and succeed as exponentially as your surroundings do. Anyway, enough talk. These were my two cents. Keep it up! Cool vidz

Hi Spencer, I feel like what by Paul Leicht at Wed, 06/28/2017 - 19:47
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Hi Spencer, I feel like what you are saying is valid for some people but not for everyone. Not everyone WANTS to be the "best". I do think joining together is better than standing apart, and participation is better than not. And asking for and accepting criticism can be great for growth but not everyone gives good critiques and not everyone takes it well. In fact many people find even the smallest criticism to be crushing.

That said, I like that you are attempting to a) be positive and b) encourage others to be positive. That certainly can't hurt as long as it isn't an oppressive "YOU'RE NOT TRYING HARD ENOUGH!" kind of thing. I am glad people are posting stuff like this too. I posted a number of articles (before I started the fftr podcast) talking about philosophy and magic and I think it is wonderful more people are doing this now.

One other thing about improvement and magic: Sometimes like in Chess or Music or any at least partially cerebral activity you can reach a plateau not through complacence but just because this is human nature to plateau and need breaks so as to avoid burn out and fatigue. Even at the top levels. (Of anything.) I think it is important to recognize when this is happening and ask for advice from others or at least use others as a sounding board so you can check your observations against a more objective background. (I realize that no one will be completely objective about this but you can seek strong counselors for this.)

Keep making videos and mtg content! :)

PEL