Get weekly newsletter updates from Gretchen.

A Little Happier: You Can’t Win the Hands You Don’t Play.

0:00
Download

I love proverbs, true rules, Secrets of Adulthood, koans, paradoxes, and teaching stories. And I also love aphorisms!

An aphorism is a concise, powerful, general observation attributed to a particular person. Because aphorisms are sharp and short, they're grand generalizations, and by saying little, they manage to suggest a lot. Their brevity gives them extra punch.

I’m working on a collection of my own original aphorisms, and I’m also collecting my favorite aphorisms written by other people as well as my favorite proverbs.

In particular, I’m collecting “Proverbs of the Professions.” Proverbs from teachers, doctors, nurses, ski instructors, accountants, computer programmers, horse trainers…I’m collecting them all.

I particularly love the proverbs I’ve collected about poker-playing. They’re so thought-provoking, and, as is so often the case, when a proverb or aphorism applies in one situation, it’s likely to apply to many situations.

Here are my favorite proverbs of poker-players:

  • You can’t win the hands you don’t play.
  • You can win with the worst hand, and you can lose with the best hand.
  • Big raises make big pots.
  • The house always wins.
  • If you can’t spot the fish at the table, you’re the fish. (If you don’t know or can’t guess the meaning of “fish” in this context, a fish is a player who isn’t good at poker.)

I love collecting of all the professions and occupations! If you have any great ones to suggest, please send them my way.

Thanks to Our Sponsors

More Episodes For You

icon onward

One Last Thing

Want a new podcast to listen to?

With the same vibe as “Happier,” The Onward Project is the family of podcasts that I’ve launched, for podcasts that are about “your life, made better.”

Learn More

Get My Weekly Newsletter

Sign up to get my free weekly newsletter. It highlights the best material from here, my Facebook Page, and new original work.