Knowing When to Fold ‘Em
In life, you’re dealt a hand of cards. It is up to you, however, to determine what you do with those cards as the decision you make will impact your life in a negative or positive way. It’s the difference between knowing when to let things go and when to keep them alive. And though life is all about choices, luck can sometimes play a significant part in how things turn out for you. Just like when playing poker, knowing what to do with the cards you’re dealt in the game of life is just as important, if not more. Let’s explore the elements of this intricate decision-making process.
Playing the Cards Life Deals You
You can’t always know what’s going to happen to you in life. There are good days and bad days. You win some, you lose some. For example, if you were in a game of Omaha Hi-Lo, you could only use one of your cards to make the best hand possible, but using that one card is better than using nothing at all. The same rules apply to life. It’s better to work with what you have than to not have a foot in the race at all! Knowing how to play the cards life deals you will allow you to deal with problems with ease when they arise.
How to Determine When You’ve Been Dealt a Bad Hand
How you deal with a bad hand is far more important than the hand itself. In life, it’s not about the problems that you face, it’s more about your reaction to the problem. Let’s say, for example, that you are playing a game of online poker and you only have about $10,000 to your name, but you think you can win. You’ve already bet over $5,000 and lost, but you just know that you’re going to win. If you keep playing, you know the chances of winning aren’t great, and that you’re only digging yourself deeper. If you stop and examine your hand, own up to the fact that you’re not making the best decisions and realize that if you get out now, you will still have some money left, then you may be alright. However, if you ignore the facts and keep playing, you’re bound to lose!
Life works the same way. If things aren’t going that great for you and you’ve made mistakes, don’t continue to make excuses, digging yourself into a hole that you know you can’t get out of. Instead, face the fact that you’ve been dealt a bad hand and release yourself from that situation before you end up losing it all.
Bluffing in Real Life
Many times in life, just like when playing a hand of poker, people bluff! It’s important to call their bluff! Maybe you don’t have to call them on it out loud, but keep note of it in your mind. For example, imagine you are in a game of poker, and you have a pretty good hand. The person across from you is bragging and boasting about their hand, and you have a feeling they’re bluffing. People bluff all the time, but it’s your reaction to their bluffing that can affect your game (or life), whether good or bad. If someone is bluffing and you believe them, even while holding a good hand, and you fold, then their bluffing just negatively affected your life.
In the same scenario, said person is bluffing, but you believe in your hand, so you go with your gut and end up winning! That bluffing just had a positive impact on your life. As you can see, it’s less about the cards and more about how you react to the cards.
Everyone Needs a Reality Check
Whether we’re talking about real life or playing a game, everyone needs a reality check at some point in their life. If you encounter a situation that you need to handle, take a step back to analyze the situation, make sure the numbers are right, then act accordingly. Making irrational decisions never turn out for the best. If you deal with the hand you’ve been dealt with a clear head and make sure things are really as they appear to be, then you should be fine.
Never Fold or Hold Without Thought
As previously stated, to make the right decisions, it is important to think first. Specifically, think about how the outcome of your decision will affect your life. In poker and in the real world, it is important to never hold or fold without thinking it out first. Act as if there’s no time limit when you’re in the middle of a poker game, and the same goes for life. Take the necessary time needed to think things through, talking it over with family or friends if needed to ensure you’re making the best decision possible. Thinking things through before holding or folding could be the difference between a major win or loss!
When Kenny Rogers sang the lyrics “Ya got to know when to hold ‘em, when to fold ‘em,” in his 1970’s song “The Gambler,” he was singing about more than just playing cards, he was singing about life. In life, when the chips are down, it’s time to decide, and that decision can greatly impact your life. When life deals you a hand, know when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em!