When I first came online in August of 2009 as a poker coach, I felt like I had just stepped into the Huxley novel, Brave New World. The Internet was dehumanizing and the technology was advancing at lightning speed.
In the midst of this blaze of ever-changing electrons, I was sure of only two things.
First, by being true to myself, I knew I could make a difference for poker players. I knew I could help them with their both their poker game and their lives.
Second, I knew I needed help figuring out how to reach them– how to attract and connect with like-minded people.
Since I was stepping from in-person poker and life coaching to the virtual world, I believe I had similar insecurities that many online poker players are having today. I'm hearing about doubts and fears as poker players venture from online play to live poker rooms.
Online poker to brick and mortar poker rooms… face-to-face coaching to the virtual arena… it's all the same. It's not really the venue; it's about leaving our comfort zone. Human beings innately do not like change.
When I realized I was experiencing fears about making this leap to the virtual world, I sought out the best training available to update my skills. I made a major investment of time, energy, and money in my personal training.
Yesterday, a perfect stranger reached out to me on Facebook and effectively told me that I had made correct decisions seeking this training. I'm just like every other poker player. I need feedback and loving mirrors. I'd like to share a portion of our conversation:
MH: Just wanted to thank you, Donna, for the e-mail poker coaching "tips" — very helpful! I know that they are auto-generated and you have no idea who I am – but they are great!!!Donna: Thrilled to hear from you M! Even tho' they are automatically sent, I appreciate the fact that you feel the love and care with which I created each of them. They are effectively my hand reaching out to you. Which series are you getting?MH: "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" ~Leonardo DaVinci… Your poker lessons are just that — you break the pot odds series into "bite size" pieces keeping it very easy to understand and retain! I know that poker will be a life long quest and series of learnings, and I love being on the journey.
If you are experiencing doubts and concerns about making a transition from online poker to live poker, whether cash or tournament, I am putting together a program to help you make a smooth transition.
The bottom line for a smooth transition: You must update your skill sets and shift your mindset.
Until next time, remember my motto.