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WSO NYC Happy Hour: Tuesday, April 28th, 7:30PM, Galway Hooker

The next NYC meetup is coming up soon! Join us for the first happy hour of the spring season! All are welcome. Repeat visitors encouraged!

Location: Galway Hooker Pub, please say "WallStreetOasis" at the door and the bouncers/staff will direct you to our room. Most likely we'll be in the billiards room (downstairs) or the Guinness room (upstairs)
http://www.yelp.com/biz/galway-pub-new-york

7 E 36th street (between 5th Ave & Madison Ave)

WSO NYC Happy Hour: Thursday, February 26th, 8PM, Galway Hooker

The next NYC meetup is coming up soon! Join us for happy hour to help fend off post-football season depression. All are welcome. Repeat visitors encouraged!

Location: Galway Hooker Pub, we'll be in the Guinness Room (upstairs)
http://www.yelp.com/biz/galway-pub-new-york

7 E 36th street (between 5th Ave & Madison Ave)

Mention "WSO" at the door and they'll direct you to where we are located.

How to conduct yourself at happy hour and NOT behave like an ass:
http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/wso-happy-hour...

Join the event meetup mailing list (form inside the post):

The Wolf of Wall Street: A Monkey's Review

"Well Mr. Belfort, in case you were wondering, you tested positive for cocaine, methauqalone, benziodiazepnes, amphetamines, MDMA, opiates, and marijuana. In fact, the only thing you're not showing is hallucinogens. What's wrong, you don't like those?" - page 297

You've (hopefully) seen the movie. Now, read the much better book it's based on.

WSO NYC Happy Hour: Thursday, January15th, 7:30PM, Three Monkeys

***Please note, new location--NOT Galway Hooker!***

The next NYC meetup is coming up soon! Join us for the first happy hour of 2015! All are welcome. Repeat visitors encouraged!

Location: The Three Monkeys, we'll have a few high tables reserved near the bar

236 W 54h St., New York, NY 10019 (between Broadway and 8th Ave)
http://www.thethreemonkeysbar.com/

Mention "WSO" at the door and they'll direct you to where we are located.

How I Work: Only With A Gun To My Head

Be honest, dear monkeys...how many times have you said the following, or something else like it:

"I didn't start it until the last minute, because I work best under pressure. I need that pressure to motivate me to finish."

And then covered it up with the catch-all phrase that our generation uses to explain poor decisions: "I know, I know, it's terrible, but that's just how I roll."

I've been thinking a lot about time management and work ethic lately, since a good buddy of mine is doing the law school thing and still subscribes to that last-minute, midnight-oil burning approach to work. Doesn't matter if it's a five page paper or a fifty-page legal brief, whether there's actual research and reading involved or not, he simply refuses to start it until 6pm the night before it's due. Needless to say, the stress this produces likely leaves him with an ulcer by the time he's 30. And for a week leading up to the all-nighter, he won't go out or attend social functions: "Can't burn the midnight oil Flesh, I need it for the all-nighter I'm gonna pull on Sunday."

The bizarre thing--and this is the reason I bring this story to WSO today--is that he really thinks this is preparing him for work in the professional world. "Bosses are gonna ask for a lot of work on really tight deadlines, so I'm preparing myself for that," his logic goes.

No, you're not. You're preparing yourself to have a lot of bosses breathing down your neck about why you haven't started your project yet. As the entry-level guy you'll often be asked to "take the first crack" at a model (or a brief, in his case). At least, that's what I would argue if I'm interviewing this guy. To me, that says that you can't prioritize or be proactive unless you have a gun to your head.

WSO NYC Happy Hour: Friday, October 10th, 8PM, Galway Hooker

***Note New Date, Oct 10th instead of Oct 3rd****

The next NYC meetup is coming up soon! General admission (even you folks in real estate), all are welcome (though having a respectable drinking record is a plus). Originally planned for October 3rd, this has been moved to October 10th so as not to conflict with Yom Kippur. Thanks @"Frieds"!

Location: Galway Hooker Pub, we'll be in the Guinness Room (upstairs)
http://www.yelp.com/biz/galway-pub-new-york

7 E 36th street (between 5th Ave & Madison Ave)

Mention "WSO" at the door and they'll direct you to where we are located.

How to conduct yourself at happy hour and NOT behave like an ass:
http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/wso-happy-hour...

Happy Hour Recap: August

Happy Hour Guest: "This place is a bit more expensive than the Galway Hooker, isn't it?"

Me to She: "Have you paid for a drink yet tonight?"

Happy Hour Guest: "No..."

Me: "So there's no problem, is there?"

If it wasn't for WSO on this Friday night, 48 Lounge would have been empty. The modelesque hostesses showed arrival after arrival to our slowly growing group, clustered around several standing tables near the bar. By 10pm, over 30 WSO monkeys had turned up, and I could barely keep up with all the handshakes, backslaps, and newcomers introducing themselves.

With the exception of @fearless and yours truly, this event was almost devoid of WSO regulars. Entirely new faces for this Happy Hour. I invited some new acquaintances from another organization, and they brought their friends, expanding the crowd. It was also a festive occasion for those of us who had just passed Level 3 of a certain exam--congratulations, guys, the carnage is over.

WSO NYC Happy Hour: Fri Aug 15th, 8pm, 48 Lounge

The next NYC meetup is coming up Friday Aug 15th, 8PM,

Location: 48 Lounge, http://www.48nyc.com/, 1221 Avenue of the Americas

Where to find us: We'll have a couple of high tables reserved near the front of the bar, ask for the "WallStreetOasis Group". Hope to see you there!

How to conduct yourself at happy hour and NOT behave like an ass:

http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/wso-happy-hour-best-practices-and-recaps-updated

Be Nice To Your Interns

A while back, I was listening to some "dumb intern" stories from a couple of young professionals.

One of the rites of passage for interns on the trading floor is getting the traders (often absurdly complicated) lunch orders right. Everybody howled with laughter at a story about an intern was dressed in a crisp white shirt and formal black pants, standing ready for the lunch orders.

"So I told him, 'I'll have the foie gras crostini, with lemongrass broth and a medium rare pepper steak and mushrooms!'" laughed one of us. "Get it? Because he looks like a waiter!"

It WAS funny. But a good-natured callout was in order. "Remember when that was you?" I asked.

A story from the opposite end now...one of my closest highest-level Wall Street contacts had his last day at work before switching jobs. Among his well-wishers were the young interns who shook his hand with extra grace because he was one of the few upper level people who actually treated them like a human being.

WSO Conference 2014: The Recap

If you're like me, you're tired and irked by all those online lists telling you how to live your life and find success. You know the ones. The ones with hyped-up titles like "17 Things You Need to Stop Doing To Yourself Today To Be Happy and Successful."

Then you start reading it and it's full of vapid platitudes like "Stop caring about what other people think" and "Do what makes you happy."

Well-intentioned as they might be, these lists will not help you. Why? Because they're vague and offer nothing of substance in their present form, without a success story to back them up.

We were privileged to hear the stories of some who walked the walk behind those platitudes in a forum much more real and valuable than seeking life advice on Buzzfeed: WSO Conference 2014.

Take for instance, the phrase "Pick your battles." An Internet writer would likely just leave it at that before rushing onto the next item on his list for "social lift."

Major conference speaker Gene Rubio (@monty09) backed up that advice with a story...

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