What Success Gurus Can Teach You About Gambling

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Have you ever been surfing the channels on the television late at night and come across a guy in a fancy suit telling you he can change your life? What about looking for something on the internet and seeing ads for ways to get rich or lose weight?

You don’t have to look around too much to find some guru who claims that he can solve all of your problems for just one low payment. Whatever the miracle cure of the day that’s being offered is, it promises all kinds of great results and usually comes with a bunch of bonuses as long as you order right now.

The people behind these infomercials and advertisements are what I call gurus. They want to convince you that they have the solution for whatever problem you have.

If you’re like many people, you’ve probably bought at least one thing from a guru in your life.

You might have received your purchase and been disappointed, or you might have been lucky and bought something that you could actually use. Some gurus provide value, and others don’t seem to be able to help with anything except taking your money.

Success gurus are the ones that sell self-help information and products. If you want to find out how to make more money, there are dozens of gurus available to tell you how. The same goes for losing weight or reaching any other goal.

It can be difficult to sort through all of the claims and products they offer. The fact is that some of the gurus teach things that can be helpful, but many of them don’t offer much value.

Is there anything that success gurus can teach you to help you be a better gambler?

If you know what to look for, the answer is yes. I’ve put together a list of the best things that success gurus can teach you about gambling. But first, you need to learn exactly what a guru is. I cover this in the next section.

After you learn what a success guru is, I cover the best things they can teach you about gambling success.

What Is a Guru?

A good friend of mine told me something about being a guru one time that I’ll never forget. He said that the only thing you need to do to be a guru is tell enough people that you’re a guru. The fact is that he hit the nail right on the head.

Look at a few gurus and see how they became a guru. They found a way to tell as many people as possible that they were a guru. Of course, they don’t say, “I’m a guru.” They tell you that they have a solution to a problem.

Most gurus operate in the self-help industry. They deal with making more money, losing weight, or how to improve your life in some way.

One of the most famous gurus today is Tony Robbins. He got started when he was a teenager promoting seminars for another guru, Jim Rohn. Eventually, Robbins started doing infomercials that put him in front of millions of people. He kept leveraging this to build a self-help empire that includes books, information products, and seminars. He basically figured out how to tell millions of people that he’s a guru.

Following this logic, if anyone can become a guru, it probably means that some aren’t very helpful. Does this mean that you can’t learn anything from a guru?

You can learn many things from them, but you do need to be careful who you follow and listen to. Becoming a guru is usually more about them making money than actually helping you. They can make more money by offering real solutions, but they don’t have to be good at anything but building their audience.

The closest thing to a guru in the gambling world is Michael Shackleford. He’s also known as the Wizard of Odds.

Several poker players who had success during the poker boom also tried their hand at becoming a guru. Many of them wrote books and tried to cash in on their fame from being on televised poker tournaments. Doyle Brunson is the first one that comes to mind.

Can success gurus teach you anything about gambling? Can someone like Tony Robbins help you become a better gambler?

Some of the things that success gurus teach can be useful to gamblers. Many of the strategies found in their teachings can be found in other teachings. Below, I’ve put together some of the common success teachings and how they can be used to improve your gambling.


One thing that many gurus teach is that you need to focus all of your energy on the thing that you most want to accomplish. This is good advice because the more time you spend thinking about something and doing something, the better your chances are of improving.

If you want to make more money, if you spend every waking hour thinking about ways to make more money and trying new things designed to make more money, the odds are that eventually you’re going to figure out how to make more money.

The same is true with gambling. If you spend all of your time and use all of your energy to improve your gambling skills, the odds are good that you’re going to improve your results. You might figure out that the game you’re playing doesn’t offer the same opportunities as other games, so if you want to get better results, you need to switch games.

Gambling Mind Personality Focus

Here’s an example:

You like to play slot machines, so you focus on figuring out how to improve your results. Eventually, you learn that there’s simply no good way to make money playing slots. While you’re trying to learn more about beating the slots, you keep seeing information about how to beat blackjack or about becoming a winning poker player.

Once you determine that you can’t beat the slot machines, you start focusing on blackjack or poker. You keep working at it and eventually learn how to beat your new game.

Focus is one thing that many gurus teach that I’ve used several times in my life to accomplish things. If you want to be a better gambler, start focusing more on becoming better.


Most success gurus teach some sort of system that’s supposed to help you reach your goals. This can be quite helpful to gamblers because most of them don’t have any goals dealing with gambling. If you simply set a gambling goal, you’re better off than most gamblers.

A gambling goal system can be simple as long as you follow the system. Have you thought about exactly what you want to accomplish when you gamble? I know you want to win, but have you set a goal about how much you want to win and designed any kind of plan to help you reach your goal?

I’m a big believer in setting goals in every important area of your life. You should look at your current gambling results and set goals to improve. Figure out what you need to do to win more, and then start doing it.

Hard Work

You might think that all of the success gurus teach that you can get something for nothing, or you don’t have to work hard to reach your goals. If this is what you believe, you aren’t following the right gurus. Every guru that teaches you things that can really help you improve tells you that real success requires hard work. Only the snake oil salesmen try to convince you that you can get something without work.

If you want to become a winning gambler, you’re going to have to work hard at it.

If you want to try to get something for nothing, buy a lottery ticket. You might win millions and change your life, but the odds are heavily against you. The world just doesn’t work that way. You want to invest a couple dollars and walk away with millions.

Everyone wants to do the same thing. Instead of trying to take the easy way out, look at what people who are currently succeeding in something that you want to succeed in. How did they reach their success? I bet it required quite a bit of hard work.

Don’t be afraid to work hard to reach your goals. You can be a winning gambler if you’re willing to work hard and do the same things that winning gamblers do. Learn how to play poker better than anyone you know, or learn how to count cards in blackjack, or learn how to outwork the sportsbooks so you can find lines on games that offer value.

None of these things is easy, but they’re all something you can learn how to do with enough effort and work. You can find out how to beat any gambling game that’s beatable. Some games aren’t beatable, but some games are. The information is available; all you have to do is find it and use it.

Gambling Hard Work Strategy

Here’s an example:

You want to learn how to be a winning poker player. Have you read the best 20 or 30 books on poker? Are you regularly reading the top online articles about poker strategy and watching videos covering how to improve your play? This is a clear path to improving your game.

Find out what the best books on poker are and start reading them. Find the best online resources for poker strategy and videos and start using them. Work harder at becoming a great poker player than you’ve ever worked before. This is how you use hard work to improve your gambling results.


If you want to get somewhere else, how do you get there? If you’re taking a trip and don’t know how to get there, what do you use? If you’re smart, you either use a map or your GPS to guide you.

So why don’t you have a plan for where you want to go with your gambling? I’ve already talked about focus, goals, and hard work, but if you want to become a better gambler, you need to make a plan. If you don’t have a plan, how are you going to improve?

What if you don’t know how to come up with a good plan for improving your gambling? Then you have two options. The first option is to make finding out how to make a plan your first plan. Find out what you don’t know so that you can do a better job on the next plan.

The second option is to figure out what plan a successful person used. Find a successful gambler and figure out what kind of plan they used to get where they are now. They might even tell you if you ask them.

When you figure out what you want to accomplish and figure out the steps you need to follow, your path is clear. This is the magic of having a plan.

Success gurus tell you that you need to plan in order to reach your goals.

This is one of the main steps in most goal setting systems. Once you set a goal, you have to come up with a plan to help you make progress toward your goal.

Sit down and start making a plan today that will help you become a better gambler. It might be as simple as reading one chapter a day in a good book about improving your skills. Start with a simple plan, and then make it more complicated later if you need to.

You’re going to find that most successful plans are broken into simple steps, even if the overall plan is big and complicated.


Nothing happens in any important area of improving your life until you do something. If you want to be a better gambler, you have to take action. All of the success gurus stress taking action. It might be the most important thing you can learn from a guru.

I’ve covered several things that success gurus teach and explained how you can use them to help you be a better gambler. But none of them can help you if you don’t take action.

Focus on one area of your gambling and set a goal to improve it. Develop a detailed plan of how to reach your goal, and start doing it today. Action is the one ingredient that can unlock everything you want.

If you want to learn how to count cards in blackjack, go to the library and check out a book today, or buy a book at your local book store or online today. Don’t put it off until tomorrow, because that’s how you never improve.

Figure out one thing you can do today to make you a better gambler. Then figure out one thing you can do tomorrow to improve your gambling skills. If you do this every day, within a month you’ve done 30 things to help you improve. In a year, you’ve done 365 things to better your gambling skills.

Is there any way possible to not improve if you do 365 things to get better? If you simply take action toward improving your gambling skills every day, you’re going to get better.


Another common thing taught by many success gurus is meditation. The problem with this is that when someone hears about meditation from a guru, they either ignore it or have a preconceived notion about what meditation is. If they want to learn more, they start looking for the right way to meditate or the best way to meditate.

Meditation is a personal thing, and there isn’t a right way and a wrong way to do it. Many people believe that a short period of meditation every day helps them work with a clearer mind and helps them reach their goals. Most people recommend meditating between 20 and 30 minutes every morning.

Different types of meditation exist, but in the simplest form, you simply try to sit still with your eyes closed and clear your mind. At first, it seems impossible to clear your mind because thoughts keep invading. But with some practice, you can learn to do it.

Can meditation help you as a gambler? Many gamblers, especially poker players, claim it helps them. So there might be something to it.

Successful Gamblers Practice Mindfulness

I can only tell you my personal experience. I’m not an expert, and I’m not trying to sell you anything, but if you know how meditation has worked for me, maybe it can help you see how it might help you.

For many years, I thought that meditation was a waste of time. I’d read many gurus say that it helped them, but I simply couldn’t believe that spending a few minutes with an empty head would be helpful.

I eventually decided to give it a try and bought several books about it. I was one of the people that thought there must be a right way to do it. Once I researched meditation, I realized that everyone has to decide how to use meditation, and whatever works for you is fine.

I currently meditate for five to ten minutes every morning. I try to clear my mind and focus on my breathing, but instead of stressing about keeping a clear mind the entire time, I let thoughts come into my mind and quickly analyze them before clearing my mind again.

During meditation, I keep a pencil and notebook with me. When a good thought comes to mind, I open my eyes and quickly write it down. Then I close my eyes and start meditating again. This is most assuredly not how most books on meditation say to do it, but I’ve found it works great for me.

I look at it as a way to tap my unconscious mind for a few minutes every day, and sometimes a good idea or a solution to a problem comes to me as I meditate. This has been valuable to me, so I keep doing it.

Some religious organizations frown on meditation. Religious organizations usually want people to pray, and they think that if people meditate, they won’t pray, or they’ll use meditation instead of praying.

I’m not going to delve into a religious argument, but prayer and meditation are two different things, and one isn’t exclusive of the other.

In other words, you can do both, and they both probably have their place.

Should you meditate, and can it help your gambling results?

I recommend trying it to see if you get anything from it. In order to be a winning gambler, you need to be able to think clearly and make smart decisions. Meditation can help with these things.

Don’t worry about doing it the right way or like anyone else does it. Simply set aside a few minutes and try to clear your mind.


Success gurus might seem like all they’re after is your money. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t use some of the things they teach to improve your gambling skills. Sometimes you have to sift through everything a guru says or teaches to find the valuable things, but once you find something worthwhile, you can start using it.

I covered the best things that gurus teach that gamblers can use above. If you just use these few things, you can quickly see big improvements in your gambling results. Focus on one important thing and set a realistic goal, develop a solid plan, mix in some hard work, and take action immediately, and you can see results faster than you ever thought possible.

Michael Stevens

Michael Stevens has been researching and writing topics involving the gambling industry for well over a decade now and is considered an expert on all things casino and sports betting. Michael has been writing for GamblingSites.org since early 2016. ...

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