Inspiration In Life And Poker

Posted: May 12, 2012 in General
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Derek Redmond was prepared for the 400m semifinal race at the Olympics in Barcelona in 1992. He felt he was in the best shape of his life. Despite 8 operations on his Achilles tendons over the past 4 years, he felt very confident. His father Jim, sitting in the stands, also had high hopes. Jim and his son were very close and he made it to all of the championship races. Redmond was amongst the favourites to win a medal at the games. He would finish the race last to a standing ovation but the fact that he even crossed the line at all should be an inspiration to everyone.

Please take a moment to watch the following video:-

Two years after the olympics in Barcelona, he was told by a surgeon that he would never run again or represent his country in sport. However after coming to terms with the loss of athletics as a career, he began to turn his attention, with the encouragement of his father, to other sports that he enjoyed. After trials at several basketball clubs, he secured a place on the GB basketball team. He sent a signed photo of the team to the surgeon that had assured him he would never represent his country in sport again. Today Redmond works as a motivational speaker.

Some Inspirational Quotes

People find inspiration in different places and if anyone is to look on the interweb then theres a lot of famous quotes that pop up time and time again. Here i have picked out some of my favourite ones and finish with one from a ficticious character and a quote from a famous movie but i think it is a really good quote and should be included.

“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary” – Vince Lombardi

“I run on the road, long before I dance under the lights” Mohammad Ali

“Pain is temporary. it may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year but eventually it will subside and something else will take it’s place. if i quit however, it will last forever” -Lance Armstrong

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

“Confidence comes not from always being right, but from not fearing to be wrong.” – Peter T. McIntyre

“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done. Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you are because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!” – Rocky

When i decided to write this post i wasnt really sure where i was going to go with it. I guess its mainly aimed at people that are just starting out in poker but hopefully everyone can take a little something out of it and if just one person gets a twinge of inspiration from it then that is great.

This brings me on to Inspiration in poker and i wanted to try and find a good example of a player that could be used to fire inspiration in players new and old. I wanted to find someone who has put a ton of work in to their game to get them to where they are. I wanted someone who had faced setbacks along he way but had passed through the adversity and was suceeding at levels that most of us could only dream of. I thought it was going to be a struggle to find that person, afterall not every poker players life story is available on the web and there cant be that many players out there that have worked from nothing and worked through the levels one by one to achieve what they have achieved. It struck me that a lot of poker players actually have a lot of their history on 2+2 so it was a case of finding the right player and using him as an example. Once i had looked at it like that there was only ever going to be one choice………………………..imfromsweden

Check out a couple of these hands:-…p-aces-400078/…s-reg-1041198/

Now check out the dates between the hands, shocking eh? Less than 2 1/2 years from 2NL to 2KNL.

The following quotes are pulled out of imfromsweden`s thread in the Poker Goals and Challenges Froum which can be found here:-…d-year-794635/

These will hopefully highlight the mentality and work ethic that has helped him to get to where he is now.

“I learned the basics from HoC, but I really improved by just questioning everything here on 2p2 and discussing a lot of strategy here. But really just think about poker a lot, solve different poker problems in your head and think about what other lines you could have taken, and you’ll improve faster than you think. “

“I’ve always played a few tables. Focus has always been to improve for me.”

“I definitly played more abc in the micros, but around 50nl I came up with this great idea that regs fold everything to a turn check/raise because they always give you credit for a set, so I guess that’s when I started thinking a bit more. ”

“Absolutely! Especially if you’re playing the micros, your only goal should be to move up as soon as possible. I’ve never understood these nits who say you need like 100BI’s for 25nl or w/e. Even worse are the grinders who play hundreds of thousands of hands… at 50nl.”

“Well, I try to quit as soon as I start to feel the tilt (not always succesfull tho ), but I also try to work on my game as much as possible. I also move up and down in stakes a lot, to gain confidence and flow.”

“I think I’m more fearless than other player, not afraid to call his overshove with bottom pair, not afraid to shove with a missed draw over his 3 barrels. That combined with good hand reading skills, being able to understand how they think, and being creative, makes for a good combination. So I think those are my strengths.”

“I never go broke and I will not fail.”

“I was bored, so I decided to play HU aginst a very good player from the MSNL forum. I knew it was gonna be hard, but god damn. Either he has a sick heater and hits every board, or I’m getting owned badly. I’ll definitly play him as much as I can.”

“You COULD just play 10 hands with me instead, until the table fills up. Who knows, you might actually learn something/get better?”

“I played FR, then I started to play HU aginst the FR regs that started tables, and after that I moved over to 6max.”

“Thanks. I disagree with a few things, but critisism is always welcome.”

“Haven’t gotten any coaching, and I don’t really watch any videoes. I have, however, posted a ton of hands, and discussed a ******** of theory.”

“First of all, you should get ur basics straight, and then proceed to really start thinking about the game.”

We’re not drawing conclusions, we’re just making educated guesses, assumptions, about every player. I’m always trying to figure out how they think about the game.

Instead of figuring out different tendencies they have (like, they tend to bet extra big with bluffs, or something), try to figure out HOW they think. Because trying to figure out tendencies is very hard, and easily countered, but figuring out roughly how someone thinks about the game, is more reliable and harder to counter.”

“I’m not in it to just get an as high hourly as possible at this moment. I just want to get better, and move up higher. ”

“Hehe, at least what I did is just think/talk/discuss a ton of poker. Just have it constantly on your mind. I often find myself when I’m like on the bus or subway to just come up with different spots and places where I think of different lines I can use exploit different strategies and stuff Yeah yeah, I’m nerdy like that.”

Those are just a sample of quotes from the thread but it gives you a basic insight in to how IFS approaches the game and his determination to do well at it and become the best that he can become.

A lot of the advice that you see on these forums is that if you are playing against a tough opponent or one that you think is better than yourself then it is best to just move tables. IFS goes against that and approaches the problem head on. One of the best ways to get better at something is to take on tougher challenges which may mean staying at the table and playing a tougher opponent, see why they are giving you trouble and adapt your game to counter their strategy and slowly and surely the better you will become. For me the quote that is the most golden is the one where he says he decided to play a very good reg from MSNL, you read the quote and expect it to finish with something like “I will try to avoid him in the future” but instead it finishes with “I`ll defnatley play him as much as i can.” Absolute gold.

Another question that is often asked a lot is what winrate can i expect when i move up to NLx. Estimates always range from the same to cutting it in half. Again IFS is a clear example that your WR dosnt have to drop when you are moving up and if you are constantly working on your game and thinking of situations then your WR can actually improve as you move up the levels. When i started winning at NL25 i became content to grind 16 tables and make some extra money to spend at the end of the month not realising that if i just spent a bit more time working on my game i could have trebled what i was making by moving up instead of relentless grinding. I played far too many hands at NL25 because i didnt have the bottle to move up incase i started losing, eventually i grew a pair and made the move up and then quickly up again. Once i got to NL100 i did exactly the same as NL25 and got comfortable just winning at a steady rate but couldnt work out why i couldnt get any better and because of that it made my tilt problems more prominet.

After many advices from IFS and a few others ive taken a step back again and realise my aim is to become the best that i can become which even if it means dropping down a level or two then im willing to do it because sometimes you have to take a step back to take two steps forward. I dont posess the obvious natural talent that IFS has and im sure a lot of other people dont either but his work ethic is clear to see and if i can follow that then i know i can become a much better player.

Hopefully this post will help some people realise that there are no boundries on what you can achieve if you truly put your mind to something. In closing i think that people starting out can do a lot worse than go through a lot of IFS`s early posts in the micro forums and get a feel for what sort of questions that they should be asking and what they should be thinking about certain aspects of the game. To watch someone improve right in front of your eyes is a great inspiration. I will also add a link to a COW post that IFS made that is worth checking out:-…h-baah-637589/

I hope you enjoyed reading and i hope you feel a bit more inspired than you did 10 minutes ago.


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