We're always fighting within ourselves trying to make the right decisions vs what we want to do.
Sometimes the decisions we make are the decisions we want to make but most of the time we have to do what we think is right. Of course there are people who always do what they want to do but we're going to ignore that for the sake of this argument.
It is the same with me. Most of the time I have done what I've been told to do from childhood all the way to adulthood. That's one of the reasons I've hardly ever gotten into trouble with the authorities. But there comes a time in everyone's life when we say enough is enough. And I've said enough is enough. I've decided I'm going to be a poker player and I don't care what it takes. I am going to do it. In my universe I am already a successful poker player, traveling around the world experiencing all the beauty this world has to offer, competing with others, learning from those better and helping those in need.
I've begun to take small, decisive steps towards that goal. I know the journey is going to be tough with many mountains to climb but I'm ready for it. And hopefully I will make many friends along the way.
One of those decisions is applying for the mentorship program and getting selected for it. It is a great way of meeting with some of the best poker minds in the country and learning from successful professionals who have taken it upon themselves to expand the poker universe in India.
Many others on this site have discussed about the mentorship program and what they are taking from it. So I wont go into any detail about the program. Suffice it to say, I have had to re-learn a lot of things. Learned to approach difficult situations differently, the call vs raise dilemma. How to tackle different styles of play because every style has a counter. It is just about recognizing what the other is doing and preparing for it. Put people out of their comfort zone and give them tough decisions. Because ultimately it is all down to the one making the right decision at the right time. Poker is a battle of attrition. The one that makes the least mistakes that will emerge the victor. And to the victor go the spoils of war and Poker is War.