Mental Game Mondays with Jason Su – Entitlement

Let’s talk entitlement.

We all have it––and I have a surprise for you:

It’s never going away.

How most people think it works:

Lose a big pot as a favorite, start to think bad thoughts about “shoulda, coulda, woulda, he doesn’t deserve the money, etc,” then move into “I shouldn’t be having these thoughts,” which leads to saying we’re going to start meditating more so that we don’t have the thoughts again.

But it always leads to the same place:

Having the thoughts again another time, and feeling bad about it.

How you can finally break out of that cycle:

Embrace the thoughts, and recognize that they’re an essential part of you.

If you didn’t care so much, you never would have made it as far in poker as you have.

By getting rid of that part of you, you’d be waving goodbye to all your success.

Instead, learn to love that part of yourself––feel all the emotions as they come, and instead of making it wrong, do the opposite:

Channel all that energy into even deeper levels of focus.

Master your emotions, and you master the game.

And from there, the poker world is yours.

Till next time,


Jason Su is the mindset and performance coach at Poker Detox and author of Poker with Presence: Unlocking the Final 15%

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