2) You have not cultivated the proper work ethic
Some cliches are cliches because people have been saying them forever. And some of those have been around forever because they are true. This is one of them, and it holds arguably even more true in poker:
If you want to be successful, you have to put in the work.
The dedication required isn’t just about knowing strategy or math; you have to work on mindset, physical health, and the daily routines of everyday life have to be designed to specifically lead to peak performance when others are fading. Unfortunately for many, their egos can convince them they don’t need to do that extra work.
Consistency is the other key factor most are missing. Again, not just for studying poker but for all aspects that lead to success. To use another cliche, “How you do anything, is how you do everything”. Even if you feel like you are a walking talking SIM and can CRUSH your stakes, having a bad mindset due to not having a consistent method to work on it can have disastrous results. Losing focus because you are feeling tired due to bad nutrition or physical health during long sessions will net the same result.
So does this mean I’m saying you have to be Superman or Superwoman in life to win in poker? NO! However, knowing where you are weak at is a key characteristic of winning players. My best students have the ability to know they suck at certain spots therefore work on them. The way they work on them is the same way they would if they knew they needed to lose weight or eat better. They can put aside the excuses and accept they need help, use time management skills and use breaks effectively to re-charge and not just mindlessly surf through their social media accounts.
The Take-Away: You have to put in the time and effort. No shortcuts. Consistently. Sorry to break it to you, but that’s what it is. However, it IS possible and yes, you can do it too.