Life Is Like Poker

life is like pokerLife is like poker in the sense that it is not always a matter of holding a good hand but often times being able to play a poor hand well.

You may be dealt a band hand, or even if you are dealt a good hand it might not be enough to win the pot. However, it is the way you play the hand that you are holding that defines your life. Just like in poker, you can end up winning no matter how bad the cards are that you have.

In both poker and in life, we do not get to choose the cards we are dealt. Instead, we simply have to play the ones we do have to the best of our ability and many times… many times, that means we have to bluff.

Whoever coined the phrase ‘a man’s got to play the hand that was dealt him’ was most certainly one piss-poor bluffer.” – Jeannette Walls

Have you ever heard the phrase, “fake it until you make it,” or “act as if?” That is how we sometimes have to bluff in life in order to win and to get ahead. Instead of waiting and hoping for a better hand to be dealt to us, we act as if we already have all of the aces and everything else that we need to be successful, happy, and win, even when we do not.

Life Is Like Poker

Life is like poker because what we believe in life holds as true… If you believe you can bluff and convince your opponent that you are holding a higher hand or even if you are holding a dominant hand, then you must believe you are a winner and that you are going to win in order to win.

All good great poker players possess one thing and that is confidence. They handle their cards with confidence, they stack their chips with confidence and they always remain cool under pressure. In both cards and in life the difference between coming up short and getting the big win comes down to the minute details of confidence and posturing.

Lastly, in poker and in life, you need to weigh the pros and cons of staying in the game or folding and walking away. How much have you invested into something and what might you stand lose if you stay in the game? Is the potential reward, even if you do win, worth the risk?

“You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em.” – Kenny Rogers

To win at poker you have to know your limitations and to find the games (and the players) that you can beat and the same holds true in life. Never bite off more than you can chew or go all-in when you truly cannot afford it.

“To succeed in business surround yourself with geniuses; to succeed in poker surround yourself with idiots.” – Unknown

Are you a good poker player? (I’m not by the way.) Do you believe that life is like poker?

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – A Certified Life Coach In Aspen Colorado

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Photo By Andy Wooten 08 January 2016

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