I’ve just started a series of poker training videos which I think will really shock you and give you a massive leg up in your game.
If you’d like to start watching them without read me banging on about why I made them click here
So why have I made them (I hear you ask quietly)?
Well I’m slightly obsessed with how people think about what they do and why they keep making the same mistakes.
So why do we keep banging our heads on the same brick proverbial brick walls when we play poker or do anything else we’re trying to get better at in line?
Look at it this way – there are very few people more than 2 years old who get around by crawling on all fours. And yet at one point that’s how all of us get around.
When you first try and move from 4 legs to 2 legs I bet you were bad at it. You probably fell over, stumbled, sat abruptly on your arse and look surprised. In fact when you first tried to walk you sucked at it and yet look at you walking now….effortless.
Luckily when you fail at first your parents and other adults don’t announce ‘ah this baby clearly isn’t a walker; let’s make sure it gives up trying … in later life it can crawl to business meetings’. Instead they encouraged you in the strongest way knowing if you keep trying success is inevitable.
Somehow later in life we all totally forget this simple process.
You’ve probably become worse and worse at trying repeatedly and using failure as a stepping stone to success. It’s just so easy to get stuck in your ways, and live in a comfort zone where you stop questioning things.
The point is you are born being very good at almost nothing.
If you want to become good at something you must learn and that involves trying and failing… a lot.
This applies to anything you want to be good at in life.
There are massive short cuts to be had of course like studying, getting a top coach or mentor or ‘modelling’ (copying) someone who can do that thing well but you’re still going to have to try stuff and accept you’ll fail at first
In poker players are addicted to trial and error because the ‘trial’ (playing poker is so much fun) but it’s as if they assume they were born knowing how to think about poker and how to approach the game. When did you last question how you play and why you do certain things; especially why you keep running into the same problems?
The bad news is that we are not born great at poker. We don’t naturally think about poker the right way or process information the right way during hands.
It gets worse – a lot of the strategies that work for us in day to day life prepare us to be horrible poker players…really bad! We are naturally risk averse, conservative and make emotion based decisions and it’s all makes us do exactly the wrong things at the poker table.
If you’re interested to find out more about this and what to do about it so you too can short cut the painful banging head on wall thing watch the vids by clicking here and leave a comment to tell me what you think.