If you heard about Chris Ferguson you might have heard about his personal challenge. His goal was to become a $ 10,000 poker hero. I like to focus on how he managed to do this. Perhaps your dream is to make it big in poker, in that case this article is for you. The big question is what does it take to reach a goal like this?
When Chris set out his goal it was set as a personal challenge, it was not the money that was the driving force behind the idea. Chris reveals that setting out a goal like this is a good poker education and in his case, a long journey, he achieved his goal by spending 10 months a week by playing poker, after 18 months he reached his goal, he expected to do it in a shorter time frame, but not everything in live goes as we plan. Since Chris started out with no money he had to join in on free rolls witch he took very seriously, normally poker players do not do that. Some of you might feel it's a lot of work for a little return, it certainly is, it's important to see it as a challenge where you do not do it for the money, it's better to see the money as a reward for reaching the goal.
One of the most important advices Chris gives us, is how important it is to have a good bankroll management strategy, his advice to poker players, is that you never risk more than 5% of you're bankroll. There are many good players out there that do not pay attention to this and there lose their shirt. Poker is all about "staying on the road" not getting wiped out due to poor money management. If you take your poker game seriously, you should consider money management to stay in the game. Another important factor is that ego easily can get in the way as Chris points out, it can hurt your bankroll badly. If you lose a lot of money, move down in levels so you follow your money management plan.
Conclusion: If you have become interested in setting a $ 10,000 goal, be prepared for a long journey, the "tools" you need in your tool bag is a lot of patience and discipline, money management as mentioned above and a great portion of motivation. First of all you have to convince yourself that you can do it, if you think you can, then do as the Nike commercial says, just do it. Good luck!