“For the first few months, I found poker both fun and challenging, because I was constantly learning, both through reading different books and through the actual experience of playing in the field. I started to notice similarities between what was a good poker strategy and what made for good business strategy, especially when thinking about the separation between short-term thinking (such as focusing on whether I won or lost an individual hand) and long-term thinking (such as making sure I had the right decision strategy).
I noticed so many similarities between poker and business that I started making a list of the lessons I learned from playing poker that could also be applied to business:
- Evaluating Market Opportunities
- Marketing and Branding
- Continual Learning
Aside from remembering to focus on what’s best for the long term, I think the biggest business lesson I learned from poker concerned the most important decision you can make in the game…When to change tables.” – Pg. 64-67 Delivering Happiness (Delivering Happiness Movement and the book)
There are opportunities to learn and grow that constantly surround us the key that Tony points out is to notice them and to apply them. In fact the reason The RNV has the “What We’re Reading” section is to encourage each other to learn and grow more than that, we want the same for the people following us and to share their insights with us.
We don’t just grow and learn from reading but from speaking, listening, observing and interacting. If you sit at the same tables long enough, you acquire the customs, the skills and the traits of that table; this is important to learn the rules of the game and different strategies, but when do you move? To really experience what you’re capable of, you have to move on as your understanding and skills increase, but equally important Tony shares, is to know what stakes your playing for and why you’re at the table to begin with. Learn what there is to be learned and decide are you defined by the table, or do you make your own?
For us, we’ve decided what the stakes are, the futures of the next generations of teens. Luckily, while our success as an entity may be a gamble, God’s love is a sure bet. So we encourage each other and our members to continue learning and growing to help each other and in the process yourselves and grow a community around you. If God wanted for us to have all the answers on our own, there would be no need to depend on each other, no need for community, no need to listen to the needs and serve others.
What do we need to learn about you? How can we help each other grow?