When we get a shitty outcome, it’s easy to assume that we should have done something differently. After all, it didn’t turn out how we wanted, so we must have done something wrong. Right?
But there’s a great lesson that poker players learn quickly: we can make the correct play and still lose. Often.
Correct play doesn’t guarantee short term wins, but it will give us the best odds of success in the long term.
In the face of a short term defeat, the worst thing we can do is to automatically assume that we got everything wrong and change our strategy entirely.
A short term loss is a data point, not a life sentence.
Getting comfortable with short term loss can help inoculate us against the type of behaviour which will guarantee long term disaster.
There is always a chance of course that we should have / could have done something differently for a better outcome. But it’s never certain. It’s never guaranteed.
All we really do is learn the game, learn the odds, learn the players, learn the situations and make the best decisions with the information we have to hand.
It’s just another reason to play the long game.