Saturday, May 14, 2011


I love these moments, there the ones that make everything seem so simple... They can challenge things that we previously accepted, but the most important thing about the "aha" moment, is that from then on things tend to get a little better... These moments take place in poker somewhat frequently because we spend so much of our time studying, (in some way or another) and lately a huge amount of my attention has been devoted to the mental game of poker. (See Jared Tendler)

First, let me identify what exactly took place to bring me to my inspiring revelation.. I was laying in bed at 4 in the morning, which is equivalent to most people's 3:00 in the afternoon for my sleep schedule (I woke up around 7 pm my time), and began sifting through blogs/articles/other random shit that was related to the concept of motivation. After rifling around for around an hour, (I was trying to take a nap but was failing miserably, I know I work too hard) I came across Nanonoko's blog... There was a video, (heres the link) which completely shattered a lot of useless habits I have with respect to poker. Most of the video is arbitrary commentary, but if you fast-forward it to 7:03, he described the most important quality necessary to obtain the success he has through the methods he has, his work ethic. As you can tell by mid afternoon nap, this is an area I'm lacking. It's not that I don't work more than most people my age, (or most people in general) its the timid nature that I can often approach my work with thats the problem. This is the annoying feeling a lot of grinders get that lead them to play stakes much lower than they are qualified to play (ultimately killing their hourly), that get them to quit their sessions early, (see killing hourly), or get them to get so frustrated with their play they take time off to regroup and focus on what's been going on (...see killing hourly...). "Believe in what you do, do it well, do it hard..." Those eleven words, (I may have miscounted because as most poker players, I'm terrible at math) led me to the King Kong feeling of revelation, aha!!! Having faith that you have the right answers, or at least enough right answers to make money at the level you really should be playing at... and that those right answers will be realized in the long run is crucial to maximizing our success as poker players or individuals in any industry. I'm not saying honest personal evaluation isn't useful or necessary, but I think a lot (especially mid-low stakes players) overdo it, and don't give themselves enough credit. Have faith that what you're doing has a positive expectation, do it well, and just keep doing it! (See aha...)


  1. sick post. great read, thanks! this has ironically provided me with that aha moment