When I started playing poker, I quickly realized I had a fairly natural aptitude for the game. I was in tune with the rhythm of the table and could naturally ride emotional swings. I understood other players’ habits and patterns. And I often won.

So why did I veer away from professional play? Sure, I was skilled at poker, but tournaments were not my thing, and they are a big part of playing professionally. I would get fed up, frustrated, or bored at them. Plus, I took losses pretty hard. So while I could appreciate the importance of patience and remaining impartial about losses, I knew that would never be my strong suit.

I found that if I wanted true job satisfaction, I needed to hone the strengths that helped me rise through the poker ranks and leverage them to find success rather than focus on my weak spots.

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