I've been taking lessons in shooting pool now each week for two years. My teacher, Al Vafa, is a pro: an interesting, funny, smart, thoughtful guy, and a magnificent pool player.
If I am in the right mindset, the average "not that serious" pool player would have a hard time beating me. Again, that is
if I am in the right mindset
. It took the better part of the first year of lessons to stop saying "I suck," to stop crying, getting angry, and even once actually breaking my costly pool cue.
This was not just about pool. This was a metaphor for my life.