Battle buddies work well in betting
June 05, 2018 3:11 AM
by Bill Krackomberger
In Army basic training, from the start they purposely stress you out to feel the psychological effects of war.
However, what they do is they assign everyone a “battle buddy.”
That may seem like no big deal, but it will help motivate and push you forward through the most enduring times to persevere.
We all need motivation at some point, and climbing up the mountain is much easier when climbing with a partner rather than doing it alone.
To succeed in sports-betting, it helps to have another successful battle buddy. Success breeds success. Betting sports with degenerates and/or a miserable person is a recipe for disaster.
Unhappy people like others to be unhappy too. It is difficult to break a cycle of doom, continuing to make the same mistakes if you hang around these types.
I know this is not an easy task. Most successful gamblers were all degenerates at some point before they finally succeeded and crossed over to be a winning gambler.
Most of the time those bettors have failed by either over betting or chasing losses.
It’s very simple to do but even easier to identify and correct. And it is human nature to blame others for your setbacks, when in reality there is nobody to blame.
However, by having a battle buddy who has the same winning goals in place, you can bounce ideas off each other, coming up with a well-calculated plan of war against the sportsbooks.
Every single day I discuss my bets and reasoning for those wagers with at least one battle buddy.
This not only gives me the confidence that my plays have positive expected value, but also helps me to make sure I am not overlooking anything like changes to a team or even the gambling market in that situation. We all have strong feelings toward money since the more money you have, the more secure you feel.
We all handle our losses differently in terms how quickly we recover from them. Therefore, it is important to have equally as strong a feeling for losing, and be able to identify and write out what bad habits led to the failures and the steps you can take to take to correct your mistakes.
One of my favorite commercials of all time is the Michael Jordan failure ad. “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
So if you are one of the bettors who failed, or are failing this season, it is not the end of the world. The people who learn from their mistakes are the ones who will ultimately succeed. It is never too late to turn the page and start over.
Ed. Note: Billy K’s good buddy, ESPN boxing analyst Teddy Atlas, will be doing the ESPN+ streaming service telecast of the Jeff Horn-Terence Crawford bout Saturday at MGM.