For a couple days last week I didn't work. I woke up, walked to Casa, ate my lunch, sat with my friends until lunch hours ended, and then sat in the empty restaurant, staring out the window.
What do I want to do with my life? Not the whole thing, but right now.
Conversion Doubler isn't going to get off the ground. It turns out that too many people have bizarre unique requirements that reduce it's usefulness. The book is going okay, but at the end of the day I hate marketing and don't want to spend my time doing it.
I love this site. I love writing articles, working on the design, and reading peoples comments. My friend Annie asked me what the best compliments I get are, and among other things I said, "getting e-mails from people saying I changed their lives".
In other words, the one constant productive thing I've enjoyed doing for the past few years is this site. It's rewarding on a lot of levels.
And here's the good news: for the first time ever I checked my all time subscriber stats for the site. And they're going up. Not just a random pattern, but a smooth line upwards.
So some day I will probably make enough money from this site that I don't have to do anything else. That will be awesome.
Maybe it will take six months, maybe five years.
But until then, I need to make serious money. More money, more plane tickets.
An old friend from the pro gambling days sent me an IM. We chatted for a few minutes and he asked what I was doing.
"Trying to figure out what to do next."
Within a few minutes I decided to become a professional poker player.
Poker is beautiful. It weaves together psychology, math, logic, and discipline all into one. It's honest. You sit down with your own money and you back everything you do up with real cash. You're there to take your opponents money, and they're there to take yours. No pretenses, no marketing hype, no finding customers. Just your brains and your wallets on the table.
People think it's about luck, but it's not. A small enough slice of a game can be luck, but a career isn't. The better you are, the less luck can come into play. Amateurs have good or bad luck, but pros don't.
Unfortunately, I'm not very good at No Limit Hold 'Em, the game of choice. I'm good enough to place in most home tournaments, and bad enough to get eaten alive at a real table.
I'm pretty good at Limit, but it's not fun. It's a grind and to make money you have to play 6-12 tables AT ONCE online. It's frantic and robotic. I had a world class teacher when I was in LA and I gave up because I couldn't get into it.
Some of the hardest parts of being a poker player are things that I have in my blood now. I have no emotional attachment to gambling. All of the math is familiar and some of it is automatic. I can handle swings.
At the same time, I have TONS to learn. I've been watching videos and reading the bible of No Limit, and I now realize that I knew nothing about poker. I know five percent of what I'll need.
The good part, though, is that all of the information is out there. If I understand everything in that book, I'll be making six figures working ten hours a week. With my new-for-this-year turbo discipline, that's probably just 2-3 months of intense all day playing and studying. There's a clear path to mastery (or at least winning player level proficiency). Maybe I'll lose money along the way, but it's the price of education. Think of how much normal people pay to learn skills that make half what a poker player makes.
For those who want to follow along at home, here's my current plan:
That's the plan. I'll keep you updated.
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Run, run while you can. Get an application to starbucks. Its not just get in make money. Its much harder to make six figures.
Hi. Why don't you try this: Go and play on Silver Sands online poker. I'm in South Africa and we are sort of "getting on the map" thanks to Ray coming 3rd in the world series a year ago. If you want, I'll send you an Invite. That way be both make some money. Most importantly there are 2 features that might interest/help. One: you play in Rands (about 8R-1$) and 2 there are a large number of tournaments with re-buys. I'm not a fan of re-buys, but they allow for you to come back from a mistake but still be in the game. Might be good practice. There are some very cheap low-buy in tournaments. If you are interested e-mail me and I'll send the link. My name is Aldo and my online name there is Tigershark. I play live 1-2 times a week and actually supplement my income with cash games and the occasional tournament. Good luck.
Poker is one the least-fulfilling things you can do for a career. I've done it for 3.5 years, and am much happier since I quit. The money is nice, but the swings sap your motivation and playing skills.
Here's the results from a few of my months.
I played about 40,000 hands/month. In May I was up a few grand, then had a downswing that crushed me. Playing poker professionally just adds to the stress.
The best advice I can give you is to not take poker seriously. Don't turn it into a 4 hours/day 5 days/week grind.
Why don't you just go back to whatever you were doing as a pro gambler before? You already know how so there's no learning curve and you were making more than your lawyer friend, according to one of your recent stories.
"This may sound harsh but I really think you struggle with seeing things through."
No sh*t! I know this only too well, because I'm the same way.
Ty, 99% of those CD requirements would be solved by building a stand-alone CMS into it. At the rate you produce things that's like a month locked away in Panama, at the end of which you'll have the internet marketing product that everyone wants and everyone else wants to promote.
The trick for creative people is to find others to take their creative sparks and run the distance. Find a Philippino programmer to hack on CD. Find someone who's passionate about pick-up marketing to write your book newsletters.
Not sure if you've seen it already, but Yaro Starak blogs and teaches using blogs to make your living. I've been reading his material lately, and it seems right up your alley if you're considering making it your main source of income.
Here are some links: http://www.blogmastermind.com/ (coaching/course) and http://www.entrepreneurs-journey.com/ (blog). Hope this helps!
BTW--finding out about pickup has changed the way I interact with people, and your writing is one of the few that I continue to respect, admire, and be influenced by.
"If I understand everything in that book, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be making six figures working ten hours a week."
If you're just starting to play poker now, it's very unlikely that you will be making 6 figures only playing 10 hours a week.
The biggest thing most people need to understand about playing poker is bankroll management. If you play over your bankroll you will go broke no matter how good you are.
Read all the books, watch all the videos, and practice good bankroll management.
Good luck at the tables!
This may sound harsh but I really think you struggle with seeing things through. A few examples:
- Posting your productivity in the accountability forums
- Updating Life Nomadic (things like country report cards and posts on your last month of travel - it still feels like there are a few stories missing)
- Best in the land
- Conversion Doubler
I agree that you should be focusing on your writing but three of the four things mentioned above are writing related.
I might be way off the mark here but perhaps you need to just give that last 20% in your projects to start seeing returns?
By the way, you seem to view it as something that comes easily, but your storytelling ability is far and above what the average person out there can pull off. I've read the book-- I am still not clear about it and not really sure where to go with it. 'storytelling' is an awesome skill to have-- whether its pickup or everyday life or whatever. How about some Tynan run classes? You get 10 people together and charge $50/each. That's not bad for let's say, 4 hrs work.
To my left is Barry Schulman, the owner of CardPlayer magazine, and a professional poker player. At the next table over is Jennifer Harman, considered to be one of the very best limit hold'em players in the world. As the dealer starts flinging the cards around our table, Jennifer stands up. She's just been busted out of the same tournament I'm playing.
I look down at my cards and see pocket queens, the third best hand you can be dealt. I've been waiting for a hand like this for hours.
Amid a field of 675 poker players, the majority of them professionals, and a handful of them famous, only 100 players remain. Improbably, I'm one of them. Luck has a giant part to play in this, of course. If not, I would have been busted out long before Jennifer Harman was. But at the same time, playing for twelve hours with some of the best poker players on earth has given me a lot of confidence. They're better than me, but I've held my own. I'm good enough, at least, to not be totally run over.
I found your site via browsing Ramit Sethi's Delicious bookmarks. Love it. I know I'm not offering a whole lot of value, but I resonate quite a bit with your writing and was hoping you could share some insight about what you'd do in this situation:
Throughout college, I played online poker professionally and operated a coaching and staking business. I continued playing until recently, and am currently two years out of school. I devoted so much time to poker that my skills in other areas are lacking. However, I have been studying HTML, CSS, PHP, and MySQL and have landed two clients for basic web design. I don't want to draw into my savings any further, so I am looking to work at a company where I can build my skills and work with passion.
I'm unsure how I can expect any company to hire me based on a two year resume gap filled with a career that many people would consider "pure luck." Resumes typically don't matter if you can demonstrate a great level of skill in an area, but as my best skill is currently still exploiting tendencies in a game of Heads Up Texas Holdem, I'm a bit stuck for ideas.
Any advice would be greatly appreciate. Thanks in advance for spending your time even reading this email.