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Mistakes and Coolers

In David Sklansky’s classic book The Theory of Poker, the author introduces his Fundamental Theorem of Poker:

Every time you play a hand differently from the way you would have played it if you could see all your opponents’ cards, they gain; and every time you play your hand the same way you would have played it if you could see all their cards, they lose.

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Bad Play

And headed for the stars

For us to help someone, we must be beyond the need of help ourselves. We’re not beyond the need of help until the moment arrives when we realize we are sons of God.

Keith Ashford

Playing the victim

The word victim gets thrown around a lot. Sometimes it’s a description. Other times it’s a criticism.

People are victims, in a technical sense, when they’re the target of a crime; and in a more colloquial sense whenever they’re treated unjustly. 594 more words

What stoic philosophers can teach us about the good life

When was the last time you stopped what you were doing and contemplated “Am I living the good life?”.  In the hustle and bustle of modern day life, there are probably a lot us who don’t regularly ask ourselves this question.   993 more words

Well-Being

Epictetus part 32: Looking into the Future

We all wish to know what the future holds for us, right? And sometimes, people believe they can predict the future. For ages, men have visited oracles, fortune-tellers, prophets and diviners for advice and a glimpse of their fortune or misfortune. 704 more words

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Anxiety and locus of control

Do you focus on your choices or on events you don’t control?

In book two part thirteen of his Discourses Epictetus makes an astute observation: 548 more words

Attachment

“Whenever you experience the pangs of losing something, don’t treat it like a part of yourself but as a breakable glass, so when it falls you will remember that and won’t be troubled.

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Mastery