I'm sure there are many business owners who are serious poker players on this site. I'm curious to see if anyone has experienced the same thought process.
Quick background I am self employed/independent contractor in financial services (insurance and investment sales) for about 5.5 yrs...My income is highly variable but I has residual revenue that has grown each year. I've played NL since I was 18 now 28 but I've played considerably more over the past 1.5 yrs (about 750 hrs over past year)...Prior to CLP I was small winner/break even player without going into too much extra detail that all changed since my discovery of CLP.
All of us know variance sucks and makes poker for a living so difficult but I've come to develop an appreciation for for a certain "stability/control" etc. that doesn't seem to exist in other careers. Which is the simple fact that it've very simple to control sitting down at the table vs not.
I've always felt there are two types of people in the working world; 1.those who work for someone and 2.those who work for themselves. Your typical "9-5" corporate position is great in a stability sense but it's never appealed to me because I feel like you lose control to an extent income and when and where you work...I don't mean to insult anyone but I've always felt there are 9-5 jobs where those put in 75% vs. 100% effort far too often end up not seeing the same or even ass backwards results from an income standpoint. Furthermore when you put in more vs less hours in any give there may be very little to no change. On the flip side business owners very often have the freedom to work harder/smarter earn more income, be their own boss, make their own hours. The challenge I've found with being self-employed is keeping a clear consistent focus...In other words I feel like overall I enjoy my work but it is difficult to be doing "all the right things at the right time" (focusing on sales, marketing, managing staff, travel etc., etc. etc). Far too often I feel like I am overwhelmed with what is important vs urgent and what this leads to is in reality I'm not doing actual productive work 100% of the time (I'm sure anyone can relate to this). Obviously there are ways to improve this but let's face it I'm human I'll always deal with this to some extent and it deteriorates my "hourly rate", which finally turns me to how it relates to poker..
Poker is very complicated with many variables but IT'S VERY SIMPLE to control sitting down at the table vs not sitting at the table...sounds silly but true. Now of course your win rate is going to be affected by your emotions/tilt/zoned in but assuming you are a big winning player. I feel like me at 75% "zoned in" (we're not always going to be at our best even though we strive to) is still a winner in a low stakes NL game. The simple fact that I am dealt a hand when sitting creates stability in a sense in my mind. Of course this assumes I don't go on mega-tilt from time to time (I haven't yet...). I've never heard people talk about this curious if anyone feels the same...