In his second blog, Mustapha Kanit tells us what he has learnt since he spoke to us last, and how he has progressed as a poker player.
What's up guys, here I am with my second blog! As most of you will know, I took part in an annual seminar three weeks ago with the rest of the Winamax Team. This was a great opportunity to do some sport, study a bit of strategy and spend some time together. One could easily think that the seminar is just a walk in the park with some friends, but this couldn't be further from the truth. Having the chance to exchange ideas with such interesting people and to better understand those around is can be very rewarding. These four days were intense, and we all came out of it having learnt something. I am very lucky to be part of a team made up of such stimulating individuals, all with their own story: I am proud to have joined this group that is so united and to have the chance to grow with them.
During the seminar, we discussed many different subjects, but the topic that caught my attention the most was resilience (and not the type you learn about in physics class!). Following on from this discussion we had at the seminar, I would like to take advantage of this blog to tell you about resilience: in my opinion, this is one of the most important qualities that a poker player can have.
As you well know, a poker player's life is filled with stressful situations: bad runs, constantly travelling with no rest, problems following us round the poker tables, etc. Nobody has a perfect life, and anybody can end up in an unfortunate situation. Learning from one's mistakes and being able to get back up after the fall are qualities that can really make a difference, because once you get back up, you will do so feeling stronger and smarter.
Being honest with yourself is fundamental in life. It's what allows us to find a solution even in the most dire of situations. We must always remember that we are lucky people, and look at things from the other person's perspective.
In order to give your absolute best when playing, you must have a free conscience and have worked on yourself: individuation of objectives and conviction. All this in order to find the safest and most worthy route.
Every one of us has different qualities which we need to use to the best of our ability in order to get the most out of all the situations we face on a daily basis. We must surpass our limits and go above and beyond in everything we do. Nobody knows us better than ourselves, and those people who have changed the world have always surpassed the limits. They might have failed right at the start, but they got back up and got the job done in the end. You can't be successful without falling first! In order to progress, it is very important to always question yourself and to go beyond your limits.This is one of the most stimulating parts of life.
Knowing means learning. Understanding someone, their way of thinking, means growing. At the end of the day, the experiences I have had in life and the people I have met have made me who I am today. I am more certain of this day by day.
Un saluto a tutti e good luck with everything !
Mustapha "lasagnaaammm" Kanit