Thursday, January 03, 2008

better to be lucky

so anyway, i'd rather be lucky than good. the things i'm good at have never really done anything for me, because i've lacked the luck (or some other attribute) to make much of them. the only thing i'm good at that i've put to any real use is editing, and i mostly don't bother doing that well. i should make more effort to trying to get work as a manuscript doctor this year: it's something i'd excel at and could make a lot of money at. with luck.

isn't it better to be better than to wish for luck? fuck no.

take poker. i'd rather be twice as lucky as i am than twice as good. i believe that would be enough to make my goal. i probably have average luck just now; i have better days and worse. i play pretty solid, which is good for sngs. if i was twice as lucky, i would easily make 10 percent at the 60s. I'd eight-table them and bob's your ma's bro. i'd do better than that even.

twice as good will also make the money, so i don't mind working on my game. but if you have a rabbit's foot, you know where to send it.


At 10:02 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

boots sez:

"take poker. i'd rather be twice as lucky as i am than twice as good."

You don't need to be twice as good as you are, for that matter you don't even really need to be quite as good as you already are.

Lady Luck is a prickteaser, Zen. She wants to get you hard as a rock then set you loose. She'll do pretty much anything toward that goal. And if you understand that you can use it.

If you don't you're left with the maths, which of course have their place, but the maths aren't enough to do the job. Emotional control is the avenue, become a reluctant prince the Lady lusts after and not some beggar crawling for her crumbs.

At 3:59 am, Blogger Miz UV said...

I know what you're saying, though in my life the examples of financially lucky people always come with horrible burdens (children with birth defects, forex), so I don't wish it for myself. Usually. But it would be nice to own a luxury car once before I die!! Okay, I'm over it.

At 3:51 pm, Anonymous Ruth said...

I've been too lazy to make the most of my talents, and then kids took over.

At 1:23 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Luck, yeah. Who wouldn't want a series of unconnected, serendipitous events to happen which one ultimately had no responsibility for (or effort in) bringing about?

Sign me up.

At 6:31 am, Blogger Sal said...

A lot of luck is hanging out, absorbing what's going on around you, being aware, just being aware, aware enough to recognize opportunity when it shows up and to recognize the opposite too.

Hope your year is lucky, zen. Avoid the nails in the road.

At 11:55 am, Blogger Dr Zen said...

That last comment had to be Gunt. Know how I know: it was so ill informed, so petty and so dumb, literally no one else I know, and few people in the world, would be stupid enough to post it.

Just in case it's not clear: luck in poker is an outcome of the randomness of the cards. Good players cannot make their own luck; they are hostages to fortune like everyone else. Good play in poker is all about making the most of your good luck and not getting bitten too badly by the bad.

At 6:58 am, Blogger $Zero said...

i once lost over twenty coin flips in a row.

At 7:48 am, Blogger $Zero said...

lost over a thousand dollars doing so, BTW.


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