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Just a quick good luck wish to all fellow candidates gearing up for this Saturday. Here’s a snapshot from my green room as I prepare…

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Until about a week ago I felt resigned to another probable Level II fail just due to having too many irons in the fire between the engineering and financial analyst work. And as you have to think like a hero just to behave like a merely decent human being, my daily plan for 2.0 hours of study probably averaged out to be something closer to 0.5.

Then my wife graciously organized to leave town for a few days with the dog and I put all contracting work on hold. I have since become ensconced behind the coffee table in our living room as pictured. And I might be fooling myself, but it sort of seems like it’s all starting to come together.

I’ve been mostly alternating between 30 minutes of studying with 15 minutes of something else and it seems to be a good mix. Ukulele is a really good something else because it doesn’t involve sitting or hunching over. My neck is absolutely killing me from the CFA stuff.

I won’t say that I feel I know the material well enough to pass outright, but maybe to pass with the curve. I keep thinking of that joke about encountering a hungry grizzly bear in the woods while hiking with your friend. You don’t have to outrun the bear, just your friend!

So while I wish you all lots of luck I’d like to take this moment to encourage fellow Level II-ers to just taper off, engage in frolic, and give your brain a rest between now and test day.

After all, a really nice sounding Chinese ukulele won’t even set you back 100 bucks!


In all honesty, don’t forget your admission tickets and spare calculator batteries. Viel Gl├╝ck guys and gals.

Back to intercorporate investments…