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Old 09-05-2009, 03:28 AM   #101
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Re: Success, Failure, and the Downswing Mindset

Thanks. 5 Stars.
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Old 09-05-2009, 01:22 PM   #102
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Absolutely perfect. TY, sir.
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Old 09-15-2009, 07:36 PM   #103
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Solid post.
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Old 09-15-2009, 07:45 PM   #104
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i really needed to reread this. thanks
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Old 09-15-2009, 11:15 PM   #105
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any other libras out there? lol
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Old 09-16-2009, 02:47 AM   #106
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Old 09-16-2009, 03:43 AM   #107
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Thanks to whoever bumped this, it adds a lot to the classic Gigabet / Irieguy discussion. I can really relate to OP's opinions on the topic.
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Old 09-16-2009, 09:49 AM   #108
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Thanks to whoever bumped this, it adds a lot to the classic Gigabet / Irieguy discussion. I can really relate to OP's opinions on the topic.
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Old 09-16-2009, 12:56 PM   #109
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Re: Success, Failure, and the Downswing Mindset

Great post. I think this is something I need to work on.
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Old 09-16-2009, 09:17 PM   #110
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Re: Success, Failure, and the Downswing Mindset

I recommend this piece of reading for anyone who plays poker. I put in 30-35 hours a week of HU SNG's and every time I run bad and/or start to become frustrated I come back and read this article.

Well done OP
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Old 09-17-2009, 12:02 AM   #111
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Well said sire.

This stood out:

"Some just direct their energies in different directions. The sooner you can get that into your head and really believe it, the sooner you will start to have a real understanding of the game."
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Old 09-26-2009, 02:15 PM   #112
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Re: Success, Failure, and the Downswing Mindset

I saw this was bumped, I'm glad it's still helping people.

A little background, I'm a freshman student-athlete at Texas Tech (tennis), I'm 19 and for the time being am not playing any poker. When I wrote this article I was in rural Venezuela for three weeks by myself for tennis tournaments. I had almost all my cash stolen and was in a bit of a predicament. In addition to thinking about my recent failed 50/100 shots as well as deciding how far I wanted to take my tennis/if college was the best option at this point, the fact that the only Spanish I knew would barely get me a taxi ride was troubling.

Long story short, I survived this and other adventures with my hard-headed approach to life. Dropping everything at 15 to move from Seattle to a tennis academy in Florida, I've been trying to do things people say I can't for as long as I can remember. Maybe eventually I'll taste the elusive success that my ridiculous standards require.
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Old 09-26-2009, 04:24 PM   #113
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I saw this was bumped, I'm glad it's still helping people.

A little background, I'm a freshman student-athlete at Texas Tech (tennis), I'm 19 and for the time being am not playing any poker. When I wrote this article I was in rural Venezuela for three weeks by myself for tennis tournaments. I had almost all my cash stolen and was in a bit of a predicament. In addition to thinking about my recent failed 50/100 shots as well as deciding how far I wanted to take my tennis/if college was the best option at this point, the fact that the only Spanish I knew would barely get me a taxi ride was troubling.

Long story short, I survived this and other adventures with my hard-headed approach to life. Dropping everything at 15 to move from Seattle to a tennis academy in Florida, I've been trying to do things people say I can't for as long as I can remember. Maybe eventually I'll taste the elusive success that my ridiculous standards require.
GL OP...Great job on this
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Old 09-27-2009, 01:48 AM   #114
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Being a perfectionist, it is ironic that I should first start by excusing the imperfection of my post. However, writing is similar to poker in that perfection is impossible, much to my dismay in both cases.
I’ll quote John Steinbeck...
I'll quote Joseph Heller's character Yossarian in 'Catch 22':

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"Prolix."
But thank you for an excellent post - truly first class.


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Everybody will eventually run worse than they thought was possible. The difference between a winner and a loser is that the latter thinks they do not deserve it.

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Old 09-27-2009, 08:11 PM   #115
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nice post.... ty
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Old 10-03-2009, 08:07 AM   #116
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Re: Success, Failure, and the Downswing Mindset

A+ post

these 2 paragraphs (and the one after them) are pure gold imo and certainly apply to me, thanks for making this awesome post.

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Poker is a competition, but nothing near the competitive level that conventional sports are, such as basketball or golf. (At least at this point in time, anyway) Poker players lack the healthy competitive nature created by these atmospheres because of the influence luck has on the game. When losing a tennis match, you generally respect your opponent because of his superior abilities. Very seldom in poker do we credit someone’s poker prowess for beating us, because we’re usually playing against others who are worse; which is the nature of the game. Athletes are able to overcome the difficult times generally due to the fact that there is little luck involved in their sport; their failures are a direct result of their personal shortcomings- igniting their determination to work that much harder in order to achieve success.

Poker players on the other hand experience a different breed of failure that is often very much not their fault. It is difficult to recognize when we’re at the peak of our poker prowess because we are seldom know whether or not to credit our successes to variance. Similarly, when we cannot take responsibility for our failures with any degree of certainty, it’s not easy to work harder than before to prove ourselves successful. Doubt in your cause weakens the determination to become successful.
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Old 10-03-2009, 06:18 PM   #117
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TY, well done.
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Old 11-22-2009, 02:59 AM   #118
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Thanks alot for this contribution, it's an eye opener I must admit.
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Old 11-22-2009, 06:04 AM   #119
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Nice post!
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Old 12-23-2009, 05:14 AM   #120
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Just read this today
very very good
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Old 01-03-2010, 04:35 PM   #121
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priceless!!
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Old 09-28-2010, 12:57 PM   #122
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bump!

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Old 09-28-2010, 01:11 PM   #123
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thanks for bumping, i was looking for this thread
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Old 09-28-2010, 03:59 PM   #124
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rly great
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Old 09-29-2010, 01:50 PM   #125
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