✍🏻✍🏻It's incredibly refreshing, and I have a lot of respect for someone of @dnegspoker stature to admit publicly that they aren't as good as the very best players in the world right now. Upswings can make us feel like we are GODS while downswings can make us feel like we might never win at poker again. The ability to USE the times that we lose, go through downswings, and run bad into motivation and drive us to work harder and come back better is an important quality to have in poker. Competing in tournaments is already very high variance and when you are playing against the best players, your variance will be even higher (except for Fedor Holz!) This is one of the most challenging mental hurdles of being a professional poker player in tournaments or in cash games and something present at all levels of play. If Daniel can find the ability to focus in solely on getting better at poker, eliminate distractions around him, and decide that he really wants to put the time needed in... I think it will benefit him greatly for many years to come.
It's so hard to know where you stand in poker sometimes, a couple flips here, some run good there, and you might have a big upswing. Walking around with your head held high feeling like a poker god. I think it will take longer than a couple of months in the lab to compete with players LIVING & BREATHING poker day in & out but if anyone can do it, DN can. GL Papi :D