Poker and Chess Lessons Should Be Absorbed
Poker and chess can both teach us valuable lessons about our mindsets.
From poker, we learn that what matters less than the risk we’re taking to play the game in the first place, is the table at which we’ve decided to sit down.
Many of us don’t realize the rules of the poker game we’re playing (adulthood, parenting, building a business, going to a school, etc.).
We make the faulty assumption that if we just work harder at a losing table surrounded by other more experienced players, eventually we’ll somehow pull out a win.
Instead of picking up what chips we have, closing our part in the game out, and moving to another table, with other players, where the odds are stacked a little more in our favor.
Poker and Chess Lessons Should be Executed Intentionally
From chess, we learn that what matters in the short-term is to be tactical and intentional early on in the game, rather than waiting until we’re almost beaten to even begin thinking about how we’re going to exit a losing game.
Many of us don’t plan ahead, act intentionally, or implement the lessons from the hard-earned knowledge and wisdom we have gained over time.
We act on the faulty assumption that if we just “show up” to a chess game called by another party, that somehow it’ll all come together in the end in our favor, while we’re learning the moves, learning the board, and learning the terminology all at the same time.
Both mindsets—making risky bets based on percentages and knowing the table rules (poker) and planning ahead for contingencies and applying wisdom from previous losses (chess)—are necessary to have and apply in order to navigate the modern world.
More of us would do well to watch the World Series of Poker or read a chess strategy book by Gary Kasparov, than binge one more episode of whatever’s on Netflix right now.
And to make that decision reveals a mindset as well.