One of my favorite quotes is “Gamblers rely on luck, Casinos rely on math,” so as a winning gambler we know we must flip that around and put math on our side. Although it doesn’t hurt to be “lucky” once in a while, advantage gamblers try to take luck out of the equation as much as possible.
It’s easy to go through life pointing out people who are so “lucky.” I do it myself every time I see a video of Kobe Bryant dunk on somebody. I think, “He’s so lucky to be able to jump like that, if I could just do that once I would die a happy man.” Kobe was certainly born with God-given talent, but upon closer examination no matter what you think of Kobe Bryant you can’t deny his work ethic and his passion for what he does. That is what people should be most envious of.
Let’s focus on the word “work” for a minute. Somehow this word has developed a negative connotation. If you look at the definition, “mental or physical effort done to achieve a purpose or result” there isn’t anything negative in the definition. Why has “work” become such a bad word. The answer has to do with the way a person feels about their work.
The main reason I chose to try professional gambling was to take the negative feelings away that I had associated with my previous work. If you look at the definition, we should see work as a positive because we are achieving something. Unfortunately, many are producing the result for one simple reason – a paycheck. That gives “work” its negative connotation.
I found out that in order to be truly “lucky,” you must see your “work” as something you can’t wait to get started doing rather than the means by which you receive a monetary reward.
Kobe Bryant has all the money he ever needs so why does he continue to work so hard? The answer is simple, to him work means passion, love, and dedication. His connotation of work is a positive one. I certainly don’t have the bank account of Kobe Bryant, but as 2012 comes to a close I don’t rely on luck in my gambling but I do consider myself “lucky” when it comes to my work.
My bank account may not be large, but the friends I’ve made along this journey and the thrill I get every time someone reads one of my books and enjoys it, makes me the luckiest guy in the world.
Thank-you to all who purchased the prerelease packages I offered for my feature book Gamblers Fight Back. There will be more prerelease copies available, but without all the extra bonuses. Those were gifts for those of you who have been so supportive of my work. I can’t thank-you all enough. Happy Holidays!