“Poker is a lot like life.”
You’ve heard those words before. Over the last few weeks, we’ve done some reflecting. We wanted to take a break from our usual promotional posts to offer you something a little deeper.
We did some digging and came across an old discussion on the CardsChat forum, one of our favorite go-to poker news sites. A user named Tublecain inspired us by starting a thread about ’50 ways life is like poker.’ In his honor, we came up with our own list of the valuable lessons poker often teaches us in life. The list was endless, but we compiled our favorite points here.
- In the game of life, you’ll be dealt good & bad hands. A successful player often comes out on top even with a less than stellar hand.
- Who you are during those band hands is your true identity rather than who you are during your best hands. It takes discipline and humility to lose with grace & learn from mistakes.
- There will always be someone better than you and someone worse than you. Don’t spend all your time comparing yourself to those around you.
- An observant person has a huge advantage over an unobservant person. As with life, the observant player often notices things others don’t and seizes those opportunities.
- Poker, like life, is full of uncertainties. It’s about working with the hands you’re given and learning how to use them to the best of your abilities.
- Know when to fold. It’s okay to sit some things out every now and then. Exercise humility when it’s not your time to shine.
- The key to becoming a good player is consistency. Don’t give up just because your luck runs bad. Learn as much as you can and keep at it.
…and our favorite piece of advice?
“Sometimes, people are just trying to play you. Don’t be afraid to call their bluff.”
Got your own stories or examples? We want to hear them! Let us know in the comments section.