Things I've learned from poker
When I started playing poker, some lessons that I've spent a lifetime learing came into a sharper focus. Some of them in the religious realm, but a lot in the realm of common sense.
1. I've always been the guy who was looking at the unknown and saying "I need to know!" You have no idea how much trouble that has caused me, or my wife. I realized that this attitude came into play in my poker game
and I was losing a ton of money. Turns out I don't need to know. I don't need to experience a beat when I know I'm beat just to verify it will hurt me. The better my poker game gets, the better I am able to eschew the things that I know I shouldn't get involved in. You may think that's dumb, but it's true.
2. Variance happens. Doing the right thing does not mean that you will be rewarded immediately. You will be taken advantage of in this life if you insist on doing the right thing. You will take life bad beats, but you are earning Skolansky bucks every time. Eventually, even if it's in eternity, the ev will even out.
3. Speaking of ev, I've learned that taking the +ev route is always the way to go. Go for it. There are so many things that I've always wanted to do that I have been scared to do. What if I fail? What if I get mocked for my desires? I have pushed for so many things that I've wanted to do for soooo long in the past few years. It is because of the things I have learned about expected value
. I'll be putting out a cd hopefully semi soon. I bought all the recording equipment to make a professional sounding recording at home. Stuff like that.
4. If you love something, study it. I realized early on that I had spent more time studying poker than scripture. I made a choice at that point. If I love something I need to spend time on it. I love the Lord more than poker, I need to allow that to be seen in my actions, not just my words. Poker made me commit to studying my scripture more and get back to my first love.
5. Quit while you're ahead. Thanks for reading. Sorry it's so long.
This isn't hyperbole, I actually did learn, or reinforce, these things through my study of the game of poker.