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The Value of a Professional Image

Everybody’s Doing It When the Shale Boom started, most landmen were required to join AAPL so brokers could say “all our contractors adhere to the ethical standards set forth by AAPL.” It was a marketing gimick. Then we were all required to have our own LLCs. That was a liability gimick. We’re still doing those […]

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Letting Yourself Down and Overcoming Failure to Find Redemption

I failed. My goal of posting every day in August went to shit over the weekend. We had friends down to the ranch, and…yeah, shit happens. I wasn’t too drunk, the time just seemed to get away from me. I looked at one point Saturday night and it was…already Sunday morning. Oops. Shit. Fuck. Whatever.

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Cigars, Booze, Enjoy the Finer Things in Life

This summer, for no reason other than a reversion to old habits, I’ve started smoking cigars again. That’s led to to getting a new humidor, buying more cigars than I need, and starting to find new spirits to pair with my new hobby. While a fine cigar can be enjoyed with a couple ice cold

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Different Types of Financial Backing in Oil and Gas

How This Idea Started A couple of weeks ago I was talking with some other landbros about the differences between some of the large PE shops. Here’s a disclaimer: this post, and pretty much everything I do, comes through the lens of being a landman. Things might be drastically different if you’re a geologist or

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Unplug and Unwind: Why Disconnecting is Essential

We’ve all gotten caught up in the never ending stream of notifications, texts, emails, phonecalls, DMs, likes, and comments. Smartphones trigger a dopamine loop that gets you hooked and constantly checking your phone, smartwatch, computer…etc. It’s a difficult cycle to break, and although it’s widely accepted that these behaviors are detrimental to our health and

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Realignment

Collegiate Sports That was the buzzword this weekend, “realignment.” As a Baylor grad, it was exciting to see the *New Big 12* become the *Big 16*. It was also tragic to see how fast the cards fell in the Pac 12. Until I started reading some of the ESPN coverage about it, I did not

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Clients or Friends

You can have both, but there’s a difference between the two. Friendships can lead to clients, but that can also end up ruining your friendship if things go to shit. Clients can lead to friendships, but again…you can fuck up a client relationship if you do something wrong and you’re being perceived as a friend.

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