REBECCA MAKOWSKY

THE CHESS LIFESTYLE

 

I was always drawn to ways to improve my mind and well-being and when I met my husband the game of chess became our way to connect and learn about each other. For me, it’s creating moments that surround the game that I really love. We cultivated an entire lifestyle around the game that were incorporated into the daily occasions in our lives: an afternoon poolside with good friends, a day out sailing with a picnic, or bar hopping – one drink, one game, next spot, repeat. I started using the culinary skills I learned while living in Paris to craft delicious foods we could enjoy with one hand while moving pieces with the other. What’s better than combining a refreshing cocktail, exquisite food, mind stimulation, and great company?

 

As an art history major, I see art in everything I love. Chess sets should be stunning sculptures, that’s why ours embody beauty, elegance, luxury, and FUN. I look forward to sharing my passion so that others can join me in pursuit of mindful fun and delight in the pleasures of life!

 

 

SETH MAKOWSKY

THE CHESS MINDSET

 

Throughout my career running and advising organizations, I would often find myself in really complex situations. I began to see life as an intricate game and imagined what it would be like to make all the right moves, at the right times, for the right reasons. I was drawn to the idea of using chess to obtain that innate sixth sense to see many moves ahead that others couldn’t. I love the game of chess but it’s the theory behind the game that intrigued me most. I set out on a journey to learn how I could apply this to my own life.

 

I began training, every day, with top chess grandmasters from around the world. I flew to New York to study with chess masters and play with hustlers. I craved to learn even more. I sought out masters from all over the globe, from Russia to South America, who specialize in different areas and trained with them for hours every single day. I discerned who was really great at chess but not necessarily a great teacher. I had the self-awareness to scout out my own strengths and weaknesses. I sifted out what I felt worked and improved how I approached my life and what didn’t. I figured out how to improve my own focus and ability to move past things that my mind used to get hung up on. I realized I had developed a way to rewire my mind that led to making better decisions off the board. My career flourished, and I also met my wife Rebecca as my life gained more clarity.

 

Now I’ve taken my knowledge and experience of transformation and codified it to help you achieve a competitive edge at Poison Pawn Academy. Our training method takes the universal truths, principles, and strategies of the ancient game and combines them with elite coaching to help sports teams, Fortune 500 companies, and world-class performers to achieve peak performance.

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