I havent blogged in a bit and thought I will write one before boarding to Colombo for the weekend. As I always say, Thank you lord, For letting me do what I love doing for a living. Thank you.
As many of you know I used to work in the corporate sector for a good 7 years before I decided to play Poker for a living. I used to live a happy life, Of course and I grew the corporate ladder one step at a time like many others which gave me the feeling of ” I am growing as a person” in general. I used to make decent money and an occassional bonus which is great. I used to like my job but not love it. I was a trainer and I loved training right from the time I started it but somehow felt really bored and monotonous after a while. Sonn after I moved to a Management Role and was fine. And then Poker Happened. Over the last few weeks I was doing some kind of a self reflection thing and wondered, what have I achieved so far being a Poker player for the last 2.5years. This is what I found.
Passion: I was always passionate about Poker. Thats what drew me into it in the first place. I wanted to learn, I wanted to get better, I wanted to win. In life there were times when I needed something badly and ever wondered if I could ever get it. Poker gave me the answer. If u got passion, it will come to you. Poker has made me a believer of positive energy and attitude and it has always worked.
Patience: Yes, no matter how aggro spewy you are you need patience in Poker. Poker has taught me the importance of patience. When I look back I see a very impatient guy who jumped to conclusions, decisions etc which could put me in a lotta shit. Not any more. Poker has taught me to be patient and logical in my reasoning. Even in day to day life.
Being Humble: Poker, I dunno about any other sport, has this great quality of keeping you humble and grounded. I think its because of the balance it has in general which keeps people humble. It can take you from great highs to great lows in a matter of months, may be even less and hey it can bring you right back up too.
Money : Poker has given me a decent amount of money for the last couple of years and I am really grateful for that. I have seen more money in my account in the last 2 years than all my 7 years of corporate life out together. I never used to save when i was working so that is one of the reasons, but I am thankful to god for all the blessings that way,
Travel: I get to travel a loooooot as a poker player and it was never a part of my corporate life, other than home to work and back. I have travelled in Asia mostly but have had a lot of fun while doing it. I have met great people, tried great food, great hotels, great casinos, done crazy shit and it has been one helluva ride. One of the reasons I love my profession is this.
People : I have made quite a few friends in my corporate career. Some close ones too.. But for some reason, the friends I made in Poker are way close to me than the others. May be because we end up talking to each other a lot more because not many people in India understand Poker. But this is one thing I am going to treasure for life. Its just great how poker players care for each other and take care of each other in such a competitive profession. Something which you will never see in a corporate set up. For non poker players reading this, These are the same friends are you going against when you play poker in India.
Intervntion : I remember a conversation between Rishabh and I in Delhi last year. He asked, ” Is there anyone in this world other than your family, who you can die and kill for”?. I said yes, Intervntion. This is the influence he has on most people he interacts with. I am putting intervntion as a separate bullet point here not because of what he has taught me in Poker. I have already spoken about that, But this one is life in general.
Adi, is the most humble and down to earth guy you will ever meet in Poker. What I have learned from him is way more than what a teacher could teach his student. May be he is the reason, I stay grounded. Corporate biggies, who do long ass sessions for their teams in continuous improvement (they spend a lotta money on this), should prabavly should just do one small session called intervntion and that should be it. A clear example of how to be the best and how to stay that way.
Thats it for now. Hope to get a decent score in Colombo. Over n Out.