Casual gamblers carry with them a loser’s consciousness.
Nothing exemplifies this more clearly than the common casino customer. For those who wager on any gaming event or device, money is rarely geared to make more money. Winning is a luxury and never a goal.
Surely you have heard someone say he or she was going to a casino or racetrack and the person says, “I have $300 to lose.”
You can be sure that person is going to lose that money by the time that gambling session ends.
Even if the person with the losing consciousness starts to win during a particular trip, the winnings will, no doubt, go back into more gambling. Why? Because the player says he or she has nothing to lose since they are “playing with the house’s money.”
True losing consciousness refuses to believe that winnings during a gambling session belong to the winner. They consider the winnings “the house’s money” or in racing, they say they are playing with “the track’s money.” They make it sound as if there are Profit Police at the exits and no one can leave if they have made a profit and still have “house money” on their person. If a person gambling cannot understand that money won during any game belongs to the winner, then what hope are they to make any money at all?
Loser’s consciousness leads to a cartoon characterization of people.
A friend of mine, who went to the races constantly and perpetually lost, was missing in action one day. That night I called him and asked if he was all right. “Sure,” he said, “I’m fine.”
“Then why weren’t you at the track today?” I said.
“I didn’t have to go,” he said. “I sent them a check.”
No one says you have to always act like a professional gambler or that you cannot have throwaway fun with some leisure dollars when making wagers. However, it is a lot more fun if you win to enjoy the experience and if you lose to dislike the experience. Separating the two scenarios provides the definitions that are important to any risk-taker.
You don’t think about getting sick if you eat; you don’t think about drowning if you swim; you don’t think about being robbed when you take your wallet out of your pocket. So why surrender to losing at gambling before you gamble and then making it a self-fulfilling prophecy?
It is easy enough to lose at any game of risk, so if you have a loser’s consciousness, why even play? Why not just send a check?
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