Welcome to an article series in which we will address the mental landmines of DFS using advice from the one and only Gary Vaynerchuk AKA Gary Vee.
If you are not familiar with Gary Vee, he is a relentless entrepreneur, investor, 5x NY Times Best-Selling Author, and aspiring owner of the New York Jets. His work ethic is unparalleled and devotes much of his energy to producing free content for people to better their lives, businesses, and mental well-being.
A healthy mindset is vital to find success in any life venture. In DFS, it gives us confidence in our process, which in turn allows us to make decisions with efficiency and effectiveness.
The hard part is obtaining and maintaining the successful mindset and the confidence it breeds.
For DFS players (especially those working to become winning players), there are many landmines that can be harmful to our mental well-being.
Today’s mental landmine: Tilt
Tilt is important to address not only because of the poor decision making that it causes, but because we are in COMPLETE control of our tilt.
No coach’s decision or player’s performance is not responsible for our tilt. When we tilt, we are making the decision to tilt. Also…
*Steps on soap box and clears throat
NO PLAYER THAT YOU ROSTER OWES YOU ANYTHING!
*Steps off soap box
Sorry, complaining about player performance is just a fantasy pet peeve of mine, but also SUPER important to understand, so we can avoid tilting with the implementation of what Gary Vee calls a zero-expectation mindset.
Gary Vee preaches that expectations automatically set us up for disappointment (Tilt) and eliminating them is key to mental stability and happiness.
In DFS, our expectations come in the form of projections or perceptions of a “spot” a player is in. Projections are great, we definitely need them to be successful, but they cause us to forget that they are often just estimates of median outcomes.
When we roster a player, we sign up for every possible performance in their range of outcomes, NOT just the median. But we can’t control how a player performs.
We can control our actions before lock, we can control what we find is important during our slate research, we can control projections and use them as guide for our decisions, but once lock hits projections become irrelevant and player outcomes out of our control.
This is why lock is the exact moment we need to shift our mindset from having expectations to having zero expectations.
I’ve worked hard to implement the zero-expectation mindset to my DFS play. When I first started playing DFS losing money would cause me to tilt in frustration, ruining my night and causing me to play in fear the next day. Now when I enter contests and submit my lineups, I consider the night 100% loss because that is absolutely in the range of outcomes for my lineups.
Is it the most likely outcome? No, but it’s possible, so I mentally prepare myself by literally have zero expectations for my lineups once they lock.
This is not to say I don’t have confidence in my lineups. If I go into lock feeling like my process was sound, I already won. Having zero expectations should not be confused with having negative expectations. This is very important to understand!
While difficult and unorthodox to implement, the zero-expectation mindset can be very helpful in coping with losing nights. All we have to do is focus on the elements of DFS we can control and embrace the fact that we can’t control the results.
For more on the zero-expectation mindset and other advice from Gary Vee, you can follow him on Twitter @garyvee!
Stay tuned for the next piece in this Gary Vee Series!
And remember there are no losing nights, just lessons learned and experienced gained!