In the 1980’s three young men made an incredible discovery: They were each mirror images of one another.
It turns out, in fact, they were triplets who had never met and had no idea their brothers existed.
It was a massive feel good story that went mainstream. They moved in together, started a restaurant, and from all outside appearances were living the American dream.
Behind the scenes though, their story was the thing nightmares are made of.
To understand we have to go all the way back to the 50’s when the “Nature vs. Nurture” debate was raging across the world. It was centered around one simple question:
Do your genetics or your upbringing have more of an impact into determining who you eventually become?
A man by the name of Dr. Nebauer was hell-bent on finding an answer.
So hellbent, in fact, that he took on the role of evil scientist for the greater good and devised an especially heartless experiment that lasted for at least a decade.
His team worked with an adoption agency and purposefully separated identical twins/triplets at birth. He chose twins as controls because they each have the exact same DNA.
The twins would then be sent to families of vastly different affluence. One kid would go to a blue collar family and the other to a wealthy family. His team of psychologists would then closely monitor each of the kids as they grew older.
Even today, decades since the whole thing ended, the whole deal is shrouded in mystery. No one knows how many siblings were separated or who even funded the project. The research itself (which was the purpose, the fruit of this whole awful thing) is all heavily redacted or sealed.
You can’t help but feel a tightness in your chest when you think about all of those poor kids who missed out on childhoods or relationships with their brothers and sisters.
The triplets I spoke of at the beginning of this newsletter endured heartbreaking hardships and live with lasting psychological wounds. One of the men, Edward Galland, ended up committing suicide in the mid-90’s.
If you wanna dive in deeper to this wild story check out the documentary, “Three Identical Strangers”.
The reason I shared this story with you today is because the debate in the 50’s has pretty much wrapped up. Nurture reigns supreme in the realm of impact on your personality and mental health.
And it is my fundamental belief that the same truth holds when it comes to world-class poker players.
Poker wizards are NURTURED, they are not just born pre-disposed for greatness.
But unlike the immutable stories of our lives, the opportunity exists to travel back to the beginning of your poker journey, and build yourself back up with the most solid foundation your extremely tired poker coach is capable of imagining.
While I can’t remove all of the risks for you in signing up, I’ll tell you that if you take a chance on Bootcamp and I disappoint you in any way then you can have your money back.
I’ll still love you and continue to do everything I can to nurture your poker career to the best of my ability.
Here’s the link if you’d like a start to your cash game life any trust-fund baby would be jealous of: https://chasingpokergreatness.com/boot-camp
P.S. If you look just like me and enjoy La Croix sparkling water, are extremely talented at pop-a-shot basketball, and your favorite TV show is “The Office” shoot me an email.
We could very well be twins.