The title just about says it all.
When it comes to that little thing called 'Life', people are very very greedy. In all areas, and Poker is no exception.
When people first start out playing Poker, they play for little or no money and enjoy it. They see the beauty of the game and learn to love it. Of course, winning is always enjoyable - but it's not the be all and end all.
As they progress, onto smaller sums of money and they start to win a few tournaments - the Greed starts to set in. Instead of playing in the games that are affordable, the games that no matter what - you will always be somewhat happy, people start to want more.
You can't blame them for that, but it's the wrong way.
Take Bill for example.
Bill plays his first $3 sng and takes 2nd place, he wins $30. He's over the moon...however, it's not enough, he want's more - so he enters a $10 sng right away...he gets knocked out within 15 minutes. Now he is deeply upset. He deposits another $10 and enters another $10 sng...he loses again, and is very frustrated - he can't understand what is going wrong. He uses up the rest of his winnings in a cash game, and ends up broke. So he adds some more money. Again, losing.
Within 3 hours, Bill has gone from being happy and winning $30 towards his bankroll to being deeply frustrated (which in turn rubs off on others around him) and down.
Instead of staying at 'the level' he was ready for, the level that was for him - he got greedy, he wanted more and was found...well, wanting.
Jill on the other hand, she enters the same tournament as Bill and takes 4th for $15. She enters another tournament for the same buy-in and finishes 5th for $9. She's happy with the way she is playing. She enters a final tournaments for the same buy in and takes 1st place for $42. She is delighted, and enjoying her Poker.
She decides to take a break, and go for a walk with her dogs.
3 Hours later, she logs back on and decides to enter another $3 tournament. This time, she isn't so successful, but she plays well, gives it her all and finishes 14th out of 45.
She's happy with her days play. And, is profitable too.
She wasn't greedy, she didn't want to gamble away her winnings, she was happy with the way she was playing, and the level at what she was at. Progress is a slow process. She realised this.
Now, those were only examples - but they are so true.
People get very very greedy. They don't want to play Poker and win modest amounts, they want to play and win BIG! Like the Stars.
This takes time, and patience, LOTS of patience.
The only thing you can do is continue playing, and continue playing well. To the best of your abilities.
Do not let your emotions get the best of you.
Do not let the $000000's entrance you.
Stick to the levels you know, and to the ones you enjoy.
Greed is one of the biggest predators at ANY Poker table. And it's not sat across from you.
It's right within.
Keep playing, and stay focussed.
Good Luck at the tables.