Three Things It Takes to Make it in Poker
Poker pro Alec Torelli wrote a blog post last week about "Passion in Poker" and what it takes to make it in the game of poker.
It's a great read; check it out here.
Following up on his idea, here are three considerations on what it takes to make it in the game of poker.
1) Know This: You Are Not the Greatest
Being self confident in your game is considered a great asset for a poker player. At the same time, it can also be a player's greatest flaw.
At one time or another, most players get it in their heads that they are truly a great player or one of the best in the world. When this happens, there are many players that begin to relax a bit.
The inherent problem in thinking that you're the best around is that, well, you're not. Everyone has multiple aspects of his or her game where someone else is better.
Players that get it in their heads that they are excellent tend to rest on those laurels and soon wonder why their results are slipping.
Realize that no matter how good you are, there are playersbetter than you and others that are working to pass you. Keeping yourself grounded can help keep you hungry.
2) Do You Have the Work Ethic to Succeed?
Work ethic is what separates the average from the good players and the good players from the great.
It's simply not enough anymore to put in the hours at the table. You have to study, take notes and analyze your game at levels that the old school pros never really had to worry about.
With millions of players around the world taking part in the game, having an above-average ability in poker is not going to be enough to make you successful.
Players must now really work to make money in the game and that requires the player putting in the effort, the hours and the study to get where he or she wants to go.
3) Where Do You Want to Be in 10 Years?
The question that poker players should really begin to ask themselves is "Where do I want to be in 10 years?"
While that sounds like a silly question, think about it for a moment. Do you really see yourself playing poker 40 hours a week or more for the next five years? How about 10 years?
Can you really see this as your life's work? Will your legacy really be that of a poker player?
Also, consider other factors such as family, kids, and more in your decision. Playing poker now is fun and maybe even highly profitable for you, but is it what you want to be known for?
If not, maybe it's time to consider what you really want out of your life and how you plan to accomplish your goals.
Passion and skill in the game will only take you so far. You need to have a strong work ethic in the game and keep yourself grounded if you hope to stay successful long term.
Also, make sure that poker is what you want to do with your life. You don't have to make a living playing poker to enjoy the game.