I have great respect for Nassim Taleb’s diamond-like mind.
If you’ve never heard of him, he’s a 60-year-old scholar and author of books like “The Black Swan”, “Fooled By Randomness”, and “Antifragile”.
A couple of years ago he went on “The Tim Ferriss Show” and said something that has since been burned into my brain:
OK, maybe it’s not burned in my brain LITERALLY and I’m wayyy too lazy to dig up that interview and listen to the whole thing just to get the quote exactly right.
Basically, Tim was asking Nassim about his legendary weight-lifting routine.
Tim, being the prototypical analytical soul he is, wanted to dive deep into all the “Why’s” behind Nassim’s habit.
You’d think this would be right in the scholar’s wheelhouse, showing off his expertise and brilliant reasoning behind pumping iron on the regular.
Instead, Nassim said something along these lines:
“Tim, I don’t think it’s useful for me to fully understand why lifting weights makes my body stronger. The only thing that matters to me is that it does. And so, that’s what I do.”
Such a simple and elegant way to approach life.
If what you’re doing at the poker table is earning you money, does it really matter whether or not you fully understand why it’s working?
As a matter of fact, I believe trying to fully understand every single why for every single action you take could be actively harmful.
This is because when you try and fail to wrap your mind around the “Why” you’re using a specific strategy, you’re way less likely to trust its power.
And if you don’t trust it, you’ll abandon your gameplan (Regardless of how strong it is) as soon as you face adversity.
Which, in the poker world, you will ALWAYS face some sort of adversity.
Over time, as you regularly grow and improve your understanding of poker theory, you’ll come to intuitively understand almost all of the “Whys” behind your actions.
I promise you will.
In the meantime, you may as well crush the games you’re playing in.
Firing up in 8 short days is November’s Preflop Bootcamp…
Where you’re handed the most powerful Preflop Strategy for 6-max cash games I know of and guided for a full week to committing it to memory.
You may not fully understand “why” your new strategy is constructed exactly the way it is, but I promise you’ll experience results that make the “why” irrelevant.
So if you’re one of the few folks on the VIP Newsletter who has not yet taken part in Preflop Bootcamp, here’s your golden opportunity to dramatically upgrade your Preflop game: