I’ve always told my students, “I’m not going to teach you the way to play, I’m going to teach you the way to think.” I learned this very important concept after my 1st year of playing poker full-time. I was like most other players, just doing what the next person was doing, and hoping to get good results. Being a successful poker player, boyfriend, friend, brother, and mentor is much more complicated then most think, and it starts with having the right attitude.
Here is an excerpt from the king of positive attitude, Grant Cardone’s (@GrantCardone) strategy blog:
“Here is a list of commonly held social beliefs that can result in bad attitudes, confusion, laziness, irresponsibility and production levels beneath your true potential:
- Patience is a virtue.
- I just want to be comfortable.
- Money won’t make you happy.
- It’s the journey not the destination that matters.
- I don’t have time.
- I’m living the dream.
- I will do it when I get to it.
- That’s impossible.
- Time heals.
- We can’t do that.
- It takes money to make money.
- I hate paying taxes.
- Thank God it’s Friday.
- Can’t wait for the weekend to get here.
- I hate Monday’s.
- We can’t find good people.
- Debt is bad.
- I need to save more money.
- It’s not my fault.
- I will be happy when…
- I am too old (or too young)
- It is what it is.
- I don’t like to read.
- That’s not my job.
- I’m not a sales person.”
I wanted to share this because I think too many poker players are stuck saying to themselves at least half of these things… probably more. If you are a poker player you can probably think of a handful of friends right now (maybe even yourself) who are trying to solve their poker problems, but we usually fail to realize our biggest problem is ourselves. We allow mediocre thoughts to dominate our mind, and therefore hinder our progress towards our goals.
Being negative and not working towards your goals is an option, not a result of circumstance.
if you’d like to read the whole article you can go here: http://www.grantcardone.com/strategy-of-the-week/dumb-thoughts-make-dangerous-people/
“Be Great, Nothing Else Pays.” – Grant Cardone.