It’s that special time of the year again. I hope everyone is wrapping up a great year and will be able to shift their mindset towards relaxation and spending some quality time with family and friends.
They say ‘New year, new me.’ I like to think of it as ‘new year, better me.’ Apply whichever version appeals better to you, but be sure to reflect on the past year, take into account all the good and the bad, visualize and plan your next year.
Every new year is an opportunity to get inspired, which is relatively easy, the harder part is to keep the drive, to be focused and maintain motivation throughout the year. Take all possible measures in order to do so, and make the next year your greatest so far.
Here are 2021’s most inspiring poker mindset quotes to get you inspired and started on the right foot for 2022! Enjoy!
Quotes from the greatest poker players
“I’d like people to make up their own mind about me, but if anything it’s the longevity in the game that I’m most proud of, and being able to have played at the ultra high stakes for all those years. I think that’s how I’d like to be remembered.” – Doyle Brunson
“There were sessions where I was swearing in the car, I’ve been in tears when I was driving back… It’s a very tough profession.” – Brad Owen
“A lot of people who play professionally don’t enjoy what they’re doing, and you can tell, and it makes a difference. I love poker. I love everything about it. It’s the greatest game in the world. I’m always trying to improve and always thinking about getting better. Some people I play against are just playing because that’s their job, and that’s a big advantage I have over them.” – Phil Ivey
“Whenever you think like, “wow, I’m so good”. That’s the part where you have to slow down, study, and come back to earth.” – Philipp Gruissem
“There was no quit in me and I was determined to learn how to play better after getting beat. When I was losing, I paid attention to why I was losing. I was also trying to learn from every situation. Of course there was bad luck, but I didn’t believe my losses were due to being unlucky. It was more the sense of, ‘What am I doing wrong?’” – Daniel Negreanu
“One of the biggest lessons poker has taught me is to not be too focused on results, but focus on process and making good decisions.” – Fedor Holz
“Poker is such a great game. It’s you and your brain against everybody else. The deck doesn’t know who you are.” – Lyle Berman
“People call us gamblers while in reality poker is such a great lesson and the knowledge you get from our game is very applicable in a variety of real-life situations.” – Mikita Badziakouski
“Poker is interesting because it is very complex. Even when you get quite good, there is always more to learn.” – Doug Polk
“In poker, at first whatever happens is a matter of luck. Over time, slowly, skill prevails until everyone is given their fair share.” – Daniel Cates
“I think I’m kind of made to be a poker player. I’m very strong psychologically, I can handle the ups and downs, and I’m good mathematically; more like the concept of mathematics rather than numbers, to understand what is going on in the game.” – Barry Greenstein
“Coping with Doyla’s death as I did gave me strength I’d never had before. After spending so long meditating about my poker career and my lifestyle, I concluded that the answers I’d been seeking were hardly clear-cut. But I found the answers I thought best for me. I came to understand that life is short, that we all go sooner or later. My meditations also confirmed my feeling that we should do what we enjoy doing, within reason.” – Doyle Brunson
“You have to be willing to make some unconventional plays. I’m always willing to look stupid at the table.” – Linus Loeliger
“If you need to win a WSOP tournament to change your life, change your life first and then return to the WSOP and you will have a better shot.” – Evan Jarvis
“There is a common misconception that poker players are gamblers. This is incorrect. Poker players are investors. Investors place bets & take calculated risks with a positive expectation of returns. Gamblers take risks where the desire for a rush outweighs the desire for return.” – Chris Sparks
“I’m a very competitive guy and I’m just so happy that I found something that I could compete at a very high level at. It’s a dream come true in so many ways.” – Daniel Negreanu
“Life is just a big game of Texas Hold’em, unexpected things may arise that may suite you or destroy you. You gotta make the best of the cards your dealt, adjust accordingly, and always understand that you control your decisions.” – Mustafa Said
“Poker is hard. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been playing poker; how much of an expert you are, at times poker will be strenuous. It’s in the job description.” – Jared Tendler
“Leave job to “gamble” full time – People laugh
Tell people you will make a million doing it – Bigger laughs from people
Grind for 6+ years of crazy swings and close calls to make it happen – He got so lucky
Never lose motivation…” – Tony Niehaus
“I don’t play poker because I’m crazy, I do it because I want to live my life, not simply survive it.” – Andrew Pieper
Poker is not only about money. Money is simply a by-product. Poker is a way of life. Once concepts like uncertainty, bankroll management, probability, and Long-term thinking get fully integrated, they become the way you look at life.
While you are working hard to become a better poker player, you’re essentially learning to become a better person. you’re learning resilience, discipline, patience, dedication… And when you export these qualities into other areas of life, you are likely to be successful there as well.
Sometimes when I play poker, I pretend that a friend is watching over my shoulders and that my job is simply to show him how things are done. This helps me to stay focused and to make good decisions.
Becoming a successful poker player doesn’t just mean changing your strategy, it means changing the way you live. Believe it or not but poker is a lifestyle and it takes that type of commitment to become massively successful.
You can work a 9-5 job and still learn to become a winning poker player. There are 24 hours in a day, don’t limit yourself.
5 years from now, are you going to regret not watching enough tv or not spending enough time on social media, or are you going to regret that you didn’t put in the work and you didn’t spend those daily 2 hours studying, which would’ve got you closer to your dream of becoming a successful poker player.
There are two types of poker players: Those that are disciplined, patient, and skilled. And those that make them rich.
Don’t look down on recreational players. Not only they are the reason we can make a living playing poker, but often they are very successful in other areas of life. Not everyone plays the game for the same reasons.
Poker is one of the few industries where no one cares about your background or education. Anyone can become a successful poker player if they put in the work at and away from the tables.
Life and poker are two sides of the same coin. If there is an imbalance in life then there will always be an imbalance in poker. It’s down to you to create the equilibrium.
Can you imagine where you’d be at the end of 2022 if you actually focused on playing well? Use this as a motivator. Make it a challenge!
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