Play the Hand

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the game.” 

Prof. Randy Pausch

Some people are cursed with a great starting draw, given an immense advantage that they don’t appreciate and waste or worse yet think that their initial luck was deserved whereas someone else with bad cards to begin with is considered inferior.  But it’s not the starting hand that determines who is the champion at the end of the day.

Don’t bust out.

Don’t go on tilt, carrying anger from a previous hand into the current one and doing dumb things.

Don’t chase.

Don’t try to make it all up on one hand.

Be willing to take little risks.

Listen to your gut because it is your subconscious speaking to you about things your conscious mind can’t convey.

Be patient most of the time, but aggressive when appropriate.

It’s ok to not play every hand and to cut your losses.

If you think this is about business or relationships or life you are right.

Play the next hand better.