If you’ve seen the movie Forrest Gump, you know that Forrest wasn’t the world’s smartest man, but he did end up becoming one of the world’s wealthiest.
How did this fictional man of far below average IQ accrue so much money?
On the surface it might look like a case of “right place at the right time”, but it goes deeper than that.
Even though Forrest wasn’t particularly bright, he did one thing at an elite level: no matter what he was doing, he was fully engaged, and he was able to effortlessly adapt to what was happening around him – whether in football, war, or deep sea fishing.
With these skills, Forrest always got the job done – no matter what.
In poker, the person who wins the most money isn’t always the one with the most knowledge. In fact, a lot of the best poker minds out there can’t seem to put it all together when the lights are on.
While building your poker knowledge is critical to success, the ability to consistently perform at your highest level is just as important.
It does no good to spend hundreds of hours studying with a solver if you can’t adjust to the player sitting across from you at the final table who plays by the seat of his pants.
Adapting smoothly and making powerful in-game adjustments on the fly is possible only when we are fully engaged with all that’s happening.
When we play from this place, openings emerge, and large strategic adjustments feel natural to implement.
When we lock ourselves out of this state, we play from a fight or flight fear response, and end up fighting against ourselves.
From this place, you punt.
So maybe take some of that time you’ve been investing into your technical study, and focus it on ways that you can create more presence and implement what you already know at an elite level.
Depth over breadth.
Your wallet will thank you.
Till next week,
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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