While many athletes will tell you that they do not want to be role models, there is a lot to learn about how they got to where they are. When you think about it, it is truly remarkable that anyone could ever elevate to the level of being a professional athlete. The odds are so stacked against them that it is virtually impossible for it to happen… yet it does.
The world’s top athletes overcome these odds because of a number of reasons. First, they obviously have talent. However, many athletes will tell you that there were others more talented than them growing up. So why did they succeed where others don’t? Well, that is because the work ethic and studying of their chosen profession can overcome this talent shortcoming. What sets top athletes from good athletes are the extra hours and study sessions. Many of these same lessons can be applied to help anyone go from being a decent gambler, to a great gambler. Below are six lessons that can help any gambler get over that hump.
1. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” – Wayne Gretzky. Gambling is all about taking risks to generate a return. No quote has ever exemplified the risk-reward paradigm better than this one. Sure, if you don’t take risks, you won’t lose money; but that isn’t the point of gambling, is it. It is about being willing to risk something to gain something greater. The first hurdle to overcome is the risk. Focus on the reward, and then start to practice about how to maximize it.
2. “If you are afraid of failure, you don’t deserve to be successful” – Charles Barkley. Okay, so many the round mound of rebounds isn’t the best person to give advice on gambling, but he makes a good point here. If you play scared at the tables, you will get eaten alive. Especially when you are playing against other players at a poker table. Scared money is lost money.
3. “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing” – Vince Lombardi. Well, Vince wasn’t a world class athlete, but he did coach and develop some of the best football players to ever play. His quote put why they play into perspective. Why do you play football? To win. Why do you work? To make money. Why do you gamble? To win money. Simple, basic, straight forward logic. Keep yourself focused on the end prize.
4. “Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t” – Jerry Rice. Whereas the other quotes focused on taking chances and not being afraid, this one focuses solely on work ethic and practice. Rice’s point is that you have to put in your time at the tables, playing hands and studying strategy and technique. All of that hard work will payoff in the long run.
5. “What do you do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.” – Dean Smith. – The longer you play the more mistakes you are going to make. The trick is to learn from them, without allowing them to haunt you forever. Dean Smith’s point is that you should everything is a learning expertise; it just doesn’t have to be an albatross.
6. “You are never a loser until you quit trying.” – Mike Ditka. That just about sums it up from a gambler’s perspective. Trust your instinct and keep firing; you will get a payoff eventually. Quitting won’t prove anything.