How can I admit that I have a high income without sounding like an ass?
August 2, 2014 10:11 PM Subscribe
I am a professional poker player and I have averaged $670 per hour over the past 11 years of poker. When people ask me what I do for a living, and I tell them that I am a professional poker player, they often are incredulous and say "you make enough to live off that?" How can I openly and honestly convey the truth is I have made millions and I make over $600 an hour? snowflake details inside.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (70 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
vI have been a professional poker player for almost 12 years. My average income per hour is about $670 per hour. Out of 136 months, I have ended with a positive income out of 135 of those months, it has been a relatively steady, profitable job. There is very little luck, and I am good because I worked my ass off, studied my ass off, and was at home on friday nights studying high level poker theory while my classmates were drinking or whatever. I am very proud of myself. When I meet people anywhere (especially professionals who are wealthy) they ask what I do for a living, and I tell them I have been a professional poker player for 11 years. Common responses are "isn't that risky?" "oh and you can survive off that?" "you make enough to pay rent with that?". I am super proud of myself, it took a lot of guts, and not listening to nay-sayers who told me not to pursue this career, but I now have the freedom to travel the world, do what I want, when I want, and to have a very high hourly wage. I want to tell them these things, I want to tell them I have averaged over 600 an hour for over 10 years. But I want to do this in a matter of fact way without coming off as a pompous ass (and I want to say it in a way where they will believe me, because when I have tried, most people don't believe me ). Is this possible? How can I be open and honest about my profession and income without sounding like a total douchebag?
I am tired of people writing me off as a degenerate gambler, lucky, a liar, or probably a guy who barely gets by on 1000 a month. I am proud of myself, proud of the work and calculated risks I have taken, and proud of my job.