An old man and his thoughts

Posted 4 years agoEdited 4 years ago

So generally when i am bored or primarily drunk i have certain thoughts about poker or just life in general and how we all approach it. I thought i would start a journey to just type it all.

There is one rule only

- I will never delete what i type.

I say this as wen drunk or tipsy we let loose with our thoughts and emotions then wake up and regret it. I will not do that!

Also i want this to be used for anyone else to just type randomness and tings they think or believe in. So no arguing!!! Just straight forward ways on approaching life and such things.

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Posted 4 years ago*
Why "An old man and his thoughts"?

Well this is pretty straight forward. I turn 28 this year and i do feel old in certain ways. Poker wise because i manage this forum and staking i see so many young kids in the game, I am literally giving people born in 1995 money to play poker with everyday.......how crazy is that! I remember writing this date on my bloody books whilst in primary school.......genuinely i do. I can remember who i was sat next to, what we was wearing and how i felt writing if for the first time (new year). It just seems crazy to me but those are the times.

So yeh around the youngens i am often the oldest in the chat or at the table.....its just the way it is. I dont feel bad about being old as i lived such a great life when i was young and is somewhat seen as a 'dream' in a lot of peoples eyes. I travelled playing big games, i had a flash car, i partied so hard and have some great memories but now i am more of a sit at home and chill kinda dude.

I feel my role in staking or with a lot of players i speak to is part friend and part parent. Like i really do tell people all of my experiences and no matter what they think everything i am saying is to help them. I feel like sometimes i come across as a dick.....party because i am incredibly blunt and partly because you cant read sarcasm and humor on skype so well.

What would i do if i was them?

I often ask myself if i was 18 again what would i do in todays world. The truth is i would have picked if i wanted to play poker or do other things. It really is as simple as that to me and it is just like anything else. You have to dedicate yourself to everything you do in order to become successful. So if i decided poker was what i wanted i would let nothing stop me. Its hard hearing players say "next month ill grind hard" "my gf wanted to drink" "i planned this piss up ages ago" "my computer is fucked" "i was tired" "i was hungover" "i couldnt be bothered" and so on and on and on. I will tell you now when i was 18 i played more than anyone and didnt let anything stopped me but i still lived a dream life doing way better things and partying more......why is this......because i knuckled down hard and then became successful so i could do more of these cool things. If you are sat at home reading this now try and remember your last 10 saturday nights out.....good laught? Got mortal? Spent money? What if you spent the same money across 2 of those nights than 10? How much of an insane time would you have had? Could have even done it abroad!

Players really have to commit to poker and go hard at it and reap the rewards in a much greater way. I dont care what anyone says.....when someone plays 20k hands and say they gave it their all.....its bullshit. When someone says they went 100% as hard as they could this month.....its bullshit. I tell you now i am 28 and do a lot of stuff and i can still outplay you, stay awake longer than you and will be in this game longer than you. Is this me being big headed - YES but not in the way you think. Have you ever heard of the guy who died on the treadmill? It relates exactly to what i am saying. Have a listen:



You might be a better player than me but i will not stop.....if you win at 5bb/100 and play 10k hands per month wp. If i win 3bb/100 and play 100k hands per month........well you do the maths! I will die on that treadmill.

Anyways back to what i would do if i was 18 again doing this. Well i would treat life in a much simpler way, playing poker a lot does not mean you have to neglect life.....you just gotta balance things better but have poker as your main objective. Make a plan for say 3 years, work hard and i guarantee when your 21 with money, success and freedom you will enjoy those piss ups a lot more!

Anyways grind hard! Im out

and yes i have been drinking Wink
Posted 4 years ago
nice read
Posted 4 years ago*
I wish I read this when I was 18 lol
26 now, but i still have no excuses (work and a child make it harder but not impossible) This still gives me an incentive to work harder!!

Everyone should read this at the start of each day!!
Posted 4 years ago
Avizura: nice read


nice comment Smile
Posted 4 years ago
BarraBod: I wish I read this when I was 18 lol
26 now, but i still have no excuses (work and a child make it harder but not impossible) This still gives me an incentive to work harder!!

Everyone should read this at the start of each day!!


ha thanks man

Tbh i only mention what i said about poker... i will post later on what i actually wanted by now in life which i missed out on.
Posted 4 years ago
Inspirational words Jon, nicely written and very true. Smile

Subscribed!
Posted 4 years ago
CrazyKeri: Inspirational words Jon, nicely written and very true. Smile

Subscribed!


Not sure about nicely written as grammar and spelling will probs be off a lot in this thread lol.

thanks tho!
Posted 4 years ago
Jon-PokerVIP:
CrazyKeri: Inspirational words Jon, nicely written and very true. Smile

Subscribed!


Not sure about nicely written as grammar and spelling will probs be off a lot in this thread lol.

thanks tho!


Haha wasn't that bad! I mainly mean it was a good read and at the end of reading it, I felt inspired to play poker, as I am sure others will feel too!
Posted 4 years ago
ha thats good......you may be inspired not to play after some future posts coming up i have planned. All of it should lead back grinding being good tho Wink
Posted 4 years ago
You think you're old Sad
Posted 4 years ago
MinerBoy23: You think you're old :(


haha yes in the world of poker and tbh a bit in life. I am 28 and single so i feel old there as i wanted things by now (next blog) but also i am old in poker terms......i saw the party poker/paradise poker days wich deffs qualifies me as old.
Posted 4 years ago
Well I am 18, so this thread is kinda awesome. On the subject of being 28 and feeling old, just think about living your entire life again twice more. You still have that in you!

Certainly will be keeping up with this thread, and probably contributing to it. To begin with, atm I'm doing exams and making decisions that will probably affect the rest of my lifetime...the thing is I certainly have no idea what I want yet. Back when you were 18 the poker landscape probably seemed a lot more inviting than it does for me right now, but that doesn't mean it's not worth me giving it my best shot and seeing what happens. However I will be taking the advice of almost everyone I've asked on this subject, keep working hard at uni so you have stuff to fall back on!
Posted 4 years ago
Hitchhiking: Well I am 18, so this thread is kinda awesome. On the subject of being 28 and feeling old, just think about living your entire life again twice more. You still have that in you!

Certainly will be keeping up with this thread, and probably contributing to it. To begin with, atm I'm doing exams and making decisions that will probably affect the rest of my lifetime...the thing is I certainly have no idea what I want yet. Back when you were 18 the poker landscape probably seemed a lot more inviting than it does for me right now, but that doesn't mean it's not worth me giving it my best shot and seeing what happens. However I will be taking the advice of almost everyone I've asked on this subject, keep working hard at uni so you have stuff to fall back on!


Thanks!

The weird thing it did not seem more inviting back then as it does now. Back then it was like a fairytale and i wanted the glory and to be the next WSOP champ. I never thought it would be a job or for even this long. It was just something i loved and was good at.

You know you hear so many people say " i just found poker, i realized it was a skill game and i was good at maths so it was an easy transition". Although true for me it was just like i was good at this game and didnt even know 1/100 of what i do now. I just loved it and poured my life into it.

I miss that feeling in a way as now it is just a job for me.
Posted 4 years ago
I think it was Brian in 2months2million who said that "there's nothing stopping me, from this point onwards from becoming the best player in the world" and it's kinda true - aside from maybe a few individuals with some insane sicko talent, there's no real barrier stopping you from keeping on improving apart from yourself.
Posted 4 years ago
Hitchhiking: I think it was Brian in 2months2million who said that "there's nothing stopping me, from this point onwards from becoming the best player in the world" and it's kinda true - aside from maybe a few individuals with some insane sicko talent, there's no real barrier stopping you from keeping on improving apart from yourself.


Ye i remember that quote. Weird thing is i thought that back then....i want to be the best in the world. Now that thought doesn't even cross my mind. I think i lost a lot of passion along the way but i am getting that back!

Why can't i be the best in the world? Emo
Posted 4 years ago
Jon-PokerVIP:
MinerBoy23: You think you're old :(


haha yes in the world of poker and tbh a bit in life. I am 28 and single so i feel old there as i wanted things by now (next blog) but also i am old in poker terms......i saw the party poker/paradise poker days wich deffs qualifies me as old.


Add another 50% on and then tell me you feel old haha
Posted 4 years ago
Nice thread Jon

gave me some inspiration on what I think.... put it in my thread though so as not to spam yours ha
Posted 4 years ago
Nice thread, subbing for fellow older man spoutings...
Posted 4 years ago
You da man, Jon. Your bluntness is what gives me motivation, I tell you I've done 10k, you say "DO 12.5K!" So I do 12.5k even when I think I cant, even when I'm tired. Hell I wish I met you when you were at your peak grinding insane numbers of hands a day because hell, it would probably motivate me to do more in my time. Pure love for the game and the team I'm hearing here.

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