Posted on November 19, 2018
Anyone Can Be A Successful Poker Player, EXCEPT you
Yep. So, I’ve been getting down on some Alec Torelli videos lately. He’s got this one where a viewer asks him: Can anybody be a successful poker player? I’m gonna link that at the bottom. It’s worth taking a look at. Alec chose to answer it in three different layers.
Like if we define success one way, then the answer is this website. I thought that was a cool take on it. I’m gonna do it in a way that’s more simple, and I think a little bit more relevant for what the community struggles with overall. You guys have a big problem with not getting going.
There’s this starting friction caused by a certain amount of fear, and, I think, fear of failure that’s mounted in you that causes you to have a really hard time justifying a path and just getting going on it. So, here’s my answer, very simple, to this question of can anyone become a successful poker player. The answer is yes anyone can, but you can’t because you’re still asking the question.
There was a talk that I had on my Amsterdam coaching trip with a bunch of the students who did the immersion program. One guy was in another business at the time and he was considering coming back full time. He was some guy that met us out there who won a random free Instagram giveaway.
His question was very similar: When is it time to go pro? It’s time when you’re done asking the question. To understand this, you have to see how much the seed of doubt is controlling your career. You think it makes sense to logically assess and theorize before you completely jump in, but it doesn’t actually work because you can’t get that missing piece until you get in there in the mix of it. So, we’re all afraid. I’m scared everyday.
The difference between guys who are already chugging along and making progress everyday and the guys that are still deliberating and debating is that the guys who are doing shit have reached a point of emotional leverage where we know that we’re not turning back because the alternative is completely disastrous. We’ve clarified that the alternative is not worth it, and that’s something that can only happen, I think, after you’ve had either enough pain or until you’ve injected enough logic into the situation to see that, wow, what’s being said here actually does relate to me. I’ve been theorizing for way too long. Maybe I don’t need so much pain to reach the point where I jump ship. Maybe I can make a logical decision to just get in there and allow myself to make mistakes and be self forgiving enough to course correct as I go. So, you have two options.
You can be logical about it and see that the pattern of over-theorizing before jumping in is actually futile, or you can go through the amount of pain that it will be necessary for you to go to until you shift. There’s this quote coming to mind. I think it was Harrison Ford said it in some movie. He says, “You’re never ready. You go when you’re ready enough.”
Hit that point and then move, and don’t look back.