James Whittet, a former high-stakes player and mindset coach to poker professionals, entrepreneurs, and business owners, shares why he’s grateful for Black Friday and the possibilities it presented. He talks about what motivates him and how the source of his drive has changed over the course of his life. James and Elliot break down the three biggest challenges poker players have and how a player’s well-being has a direct impact on their bottom line.
Listen in to hear James reveal a bulletproof daily routine – and learn why having a community is one of the best things you can do for your personal and professional development.
Time Stamped Show Notes:
[01:30] – Introducing James and his journey as a professional poker player and mindset coach
02:10 – He traveled around the world and became friends with Patrick Leonard
02:20 – He began training his guys and coaching one on one
[02:45] – What led him to personal development
03:00 – He always strived to be a little bit better; he knew he could work hard and become great
03:35 – He wanted to prove to himself and others; now his inner game is strong and he isn’t motivated by that anymore
[04:00] – How he learned and grew
04:15 – He listened to audiobooks and read “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle; it changed his life as did meditation
05:45 – “A New Earth” is about helping humanity, whereas “The Power of Now” really resonated to James as a young man thinking about himself
[06:40] – On poker
06:50 – He used to be a high-roller sit-n-go player; a friend taught him PLO and he taught his friend life skills
08:00 – He transitioned from playing poker to mindset coaching
08:50 – The year after Black Friday he had low motivation, then he made a ton of money for 6 months, got supernova elite, and went on an uptick
[10:15] – On Black Friday
10:30 – He thought it’d be good for him to travel and explore; he is also grateful for it because things were made possible because of poker
[12:00] – The biggest issues poker players have
12:09 – He believes the biggest issues are false identities, burnout, and trying to compensate with poker instead of fixing the inner-narrative
[15:20] – The optimal lifestyle for an MTT player
15:45 – A solid morning routine is important; your well-being has a direct impact on your bottom line
16:30 – Have a warm-up and cool-down before and after your session and at the beginning and end of your day
17:40 – Practice feeling how you want to feel and treat your poker as a business; delegate the things you don’t like to invest more in what you love doing
21:12 – Turn to experts for their expertise; every star athlete has a support team, as should every professional poker player
23:10 – Many poker players see themselves as a lone wolf; embrace community and don’t feel like you need to do it all alone
24:00 – Many pros can confirm that having a network is a huge advantage; there are lots of options out there
[25:30] – The course James offers
25:30 – He helps players program their thoughts, emotions, and habits at and away from the table
25:34 – He has a free course on meditation, mindfulness, and poker; his paid course is a done-with-you video and group coaching course
26:15 – People make real friendships, build a community, and have mentorship opportunities 1-on-1 or as a group
3 Key Points
Put your well-being first.
Your well-being has a direct correlation to your bottom line.
Remember that you’re a business person as a poker player.
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