Motivation is tough. Sometimes you are overflowing with it, so much so that it’s hard to even get started working towards your goals because you’re so excited you can’t figure out where to start. Other times, motivation is so far gone that even the thought of trying to find the motivation you lost sounds too hard.

And everyone is different. People are motivated in so many different ways, but honestly, I think the hardest part about reaching goals is the continuation of motivation. It’s far too easy for small roadblocks to deflate motivation like a pin a balloon.

What’s important to you? Everyone has priorities, but most people are too lazy to do anything about them. If you broke down your day, what percentage of your time spent would consist of your top three or four priorities?

My top priorities, in order, are my relationships, career/job, health, and then poker goals and writing my book are tied. I have a lot I want to do, and for the first time, I’m really starting to believe that I can accomplish everything I want to with enough hard work.

So what I’ve done is compiled a list of a bunch of things that help motivate me. When I need a boost, I’m going to come to this post, and I hope some of you can take from the following as well.

Inspirational Stories of Famous Failures and Their Future Success

The Vice President of Columbia told this actor that he was never going to make it in the business. The actor? – Harrison Ford

His first book was rejected by 12 publishing houses and sixteen agents. – John Grisham

Turned down by a recording company saying “We don’t like their sound and guitar music is on the way out” They were talking about the Beatles

Was told by his father that he would amount to nothing and be a disgrace to himself and his family – Charles Darwin

Told by a music teacher “as a composer he is hopeless” – Beethoven

Was told that “he couldn’t sing at all” Enrico Caruso

Fired from a newspaper because he “lacked imagination and had no original ideas” – Walt Disney

Were told by Publishers that “anthologies didn’t sell” and the book was “too positive”

Rejected a total of 140 times. The book? Chicken Soup for the Soul. It now has 65 different titles and has sold over 80 million copies all over the world.

Told by a teacher he was “too stupid to learn anything” Thomas Edison

Failed the sixth grade – Winston Churchill

Wasn’t able to speak until he was almost 4 years old and his teachers said he would “never amount to much” – Albert Einstein

Did poorly in school and failed at running the family farm – Isaac Newton

Was not allowed to wait on customers in the store he worked in because “he didn’t have enough sense” – F. W. Woolworth

Was cut from the high school basketball team, went home, locked himself in his room and cried – Michael Jordan

Producer told her she was “unattractive” and could not act – Marilyn Monroe

This book was rejected 18 times before it was published. It then sold over one million copies the first year. The book was Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

Auditioned for All My Children and got rejected – Julia Roberts
Received 30 rejections and the author threw it in the trash. Luckily his wife fished it out again and encouraged him to resubmit it. The book was Carrie – the author Stephen King

You have to want it… want it bad.

This is for those of you with poker goals…

citizenwind’s Blog on– December 18 2009


Some people don’t make it at poker. Who knows why. Tilt? Neurosis? Lack of ingenuity? Mathematical phobia? Inability to calculate? To apply common sense? No. This isn’t the case. There are smart, talented players who are not making it. Some of my students are clearly smarter and more naturally talented than I am, but are huge losers. But why? Why are people not beating 100nl? Or 200nl? It seriously requires common sense and a basic understanding. Not hard. You want a hard game? Learn chess. The amount of memorization and calculation requires for chess is totally mind-boggling compared to enumerative analysis. I bet if chess players played poker, they’d shit on people all the time. Like crawl up on their chests and take dumps on them. Poker isn’t that hard. It’s not even as hard as say, Street Fighter. You want to talk about leveling? Wait until Blanka is chewing on your face for the third tick throw in a row. Yeah, I’m a nerd, wanna fight about it?

If you’re hoping to go pro at 50-100nl, but you’re failing at it, stop failing. Do whatever it takes. Get coaching. Read. Study ferociously. Watch a video and force yourself to leave the session with 4-6 pages of notes. Don’t know something? Then go find the answer. Ask. Post in forums. There are 10k CR members and maybe two dozen regulars posters in each forum. Surely there are more full-time grinders than that.

Look. You could make six-figures in 2010. I came from a broke family. 100k is an outrageous amount of money. 250k is unimaginable. We’re talking about life-changing amounts of dough. You could make this. Easily. If you’re into material things, next year you could be driving an Audi and have a lot of TVs. You could pop bottles and do other rapper-ly activites. If you’re just into living free (aka hippie), you could have an extremely high paying job and unlimited freedom. I’ve never had a 9-5 and never will, all because I decided to spend a year really learning how to play some fucking poker.

Stop dicking around. Stop being a tilting monkey. Four year olds throw tantrums. You’re an adult. Get over it. If you don’t know the math, learn it right now and don’t step onto a table until you know it back and forth. Buckle down. Play less tables. Turn off the TV. Don’t watch videos in the background while you play, make it part of your daily routine to watch a Myth or CTS video and take a notes on all the plays and thoughts that you would not have emulated. Take notes. WHATEVER IT TAKES. In one year, you’ll look back at the moment you decided to take it really, really seriously and realized that it was way easier than you thought.

Citizenwind’s blog really applies to anything. Just fucking DO IT! It’s easier to be scared, and easier not to try, but I guarantee you it will bite you in your lazy ass later in life if you don’t TRY.
So far, I’m doing pretty well having rearranged my time with my priorities…

1) My relationships- Andrew and I are the best we’ve ever been. I’ve been talking to my sisters more often, and I’m making a much better effort to keep in touch with my friends who are usually all long distance.

2) Career- I really do have the best job in the world, and I’m loving it. It’s easy to work really hard doing something you truly enjoy.

3) Health- Up until 3 years ago, I’d always had a reason to be in shape. Since then though, working on my health has been something I would do “if I had time.” After I decided to make it a priority, it’s been easy to find time. I’ve been playing soccer twice a week, running on off days, and TRYING to do P90X. It’s the hardest thing EVER!!!! Haha I’ll update that more in detail another time.

4) Poker/Writing my book- I’ve really put in some hours both studying and playing poker, mostly online. I had great coaching a couple months ago, and I want to take advantage of it. I’ve moved up to $0.50-$1.00 six max and have also been playing the mini ftops. I’ve cashed in 4 out of 6 that I’ve played, including 12th in the $30 NLH 6max 5-times shootout. That was crushing because I was so close to big money (well, for me anyway). I was frustrated with how I played in all the events though, and blew up in two of them… So yeah, I’m working on that.

And MY BOOK… well, I decided three years ago that I wanted to write a novel. Two years ago, I decided I want to write “chick lit” which is a genre geared towards women 15-35. Hey, THAT’S ME! It’s like chick flicks, except for books. I want to write in that genre because, well, I think I can. A few of my friends have given me funny faces about it, but I don’t care, that’s what I want to do. (I ain’t no Dickens ok?)

A year and a half ago, I came up with a storyline for my book… And I haven’t really even started writing. Yikes. But I’m going to, starting NOW! And now that I’ve put this out there, I’m hoping it will be even MORE motivation to dig down and write it!

This helps also… I look at this everyday.

Written by Andrew of course

Anyway, like I said, I wanted to write this blog for me, but I hope this helps you guys a little too! If you have anything that motivates you, please share it with me!

<3 Kris