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Supercompetitors look macho, but they are really so insecure that they have to prove something They pay a high price for their insecurity. Some very talented supercompetitors severely harm themselves by:

1. Playing above their bankrolls.

2. Choosing games that are too tough for them.

3. Challenging the toughest players in those games.

4. Overreacting to bad beats and other losses.

5. Continuing to play, trying desperately to get even, because they can’t accept a losing session.

6. Criticizing weak players and arguing about trivial issues .

Supercompetitors generally deny the truth about themselves. Instead of admitting that they are insecure, they rationalize that they take many of these actions (especially numbers 1–3) to gain the experience they need to develop themselves. They also would not admit that showing off their “superiority” by winning arguments is more important to them than increasing their profits.

The opposite extreme is also destructive: if your self-control outweighs your motivation, you won’t act decisively. Hamlet was a classic case: His famous “To be or not to be” soliloquy summarized his entire life. He could not make up his mind about anything, not even killing himself.

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