Nothing is more stirring to your poker coaches loins than an old-fashioned story about the triumph of the human spirit.
So today I wanted to share with you the amazing story of Chen Guangcheng.
From an early age Chen recognized that he couldn’t see straight. Or sideways. Like he was actually blind.
When it comes to adversity, to me there are two types of people.
There are the folks who melt into a puddle of ooze and have trouble functioning in their day-to-day life. And then there are the folks who are almost other-worldy in their resilience and rise like a Phoenix from the ashes.
Chen, ever the Phoenix, self-taught himself Chinese law. He used that education to organize a massive class-action lawsuit in 2005 against the authorities in his Chinese province over the excessive enforcement of the one-child policy.
Now that’s what I call cajones.
Because of Chen’s big brass cajones he was placed under house arrest in 2005, properly arrested in early 2006, sentenced to 4 years and 3 months jail in August 2006, and once again placed (unlawfully) under house arrest in 2010.
He was beaten on a regular basis.
If I said he never saw it coming would you think less of me?
In April of 2012 this badass blind dude had had enough. He decided escaped to freedom.
He pretended like he was sick on a moonless night, hopped over several walls, broke his foot, and contacted a friend on a burner phone who was part of an underground human rights activist group.
His friend drove him 300 miles to Beijing where he was taken in by supporters, and proceeded to sleep in a different apartment every night while they figured out their next move.
Eventually, in a scene straight out of a Hollywood film, Chen arranged a meeting with the American Embassy in Beijing.
On the way to the meeting both his car and the American’s were tailed by Chinese authorities to the drop off location, at which point Chen hopped into the American’s car, and they high tailed it back to the embassy.
Chen Guangcheng – 1
Chinese Government – 0
Chen currently lives in the US.
Since there’s no easy way for me to tie this into Fish in a Barrel, I’ll just say close with this:
If Chen was trying and struggling to improve his poker game, do you think he’d just sit back and futiley toil away hoping something changed?
No, he’d take action and join something like Fish in a Barrel…
He’d have a hell of a time digesting the beautiful PDF but, for some odd reason, I feel like he’d be the superstar of the class.
Today is your chance to be like Chen.
Here’s your link: