World’s Top Poker Player Reveals His Best Success Secret


Now I don’t know how much luck was involved in Phil Hellmuth’s record 14 world series of poker wins but I’m sure the success secret I’m about to share contributed to a significant part of his success.

Phil recently revealed (on the Tim Ferriss podcast) that his success started when he created a list of lifetime goals – and put them on his mirror so he saw them daily.

Within two years of applying this powerful success secret he became the youngest player ever to win the main event of the World Series Of Poker.

Jump to 20:15 to hear Phil share his success secret story.

It seems to me that the reason many goals are never achieved is they are too often forgotten and too seldom reviewed.

The more times you see your goals the more you’ll be reminded to take the actions needed to achieve them.

Seinfeld’s Secret to Becoming the Most Successful Comedian

Turns out Jerry Seinfeld had a similar success secret.

A few years back lifehacker published a post that shared Jerry Seinfeld’s Productivity Secret


He said the way to be a better comic was to create better jokes and the way to create better jokes was to write every day. But his advice was better than that. He had a gem of a leverage technique he used on himself and you can use it to motivate yourself—even when you don’t feel like it.

He revealed a unique calendar system he uses to pressure himself to write. Here’s how it works.

He told me to get a big wall calendar that has a whole year on one page and hang it on a prominent wall. The next step was to get a big red magic marker.

He said for each day that I do my task of writing, I get to put a big red X over that day.

“After a few days you’ll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain.”

“Don’t break the chain,” he said again for emphasis.

The more visible your goals are the better.

And the more your mind is reminded of your goals the more you’ll find opportunities to progress toward your goals.

What Gets Measured Gets Managed

My daily practice of tracking is a new habit I now take more seriously than I did at first and this is shown both in my actions and in the attention to detail I pay to the letters and checks I write on the white board.

My Goals for 2018

Because my goals are important to me I will restate them here:

  • Purchase a Blue Tesla Model S
  • Get 6 Pack Abs
  • Sign up 1,000 Members of the Marketing Income Lab

My goals are posted in my kitchen and in my bedroom so I will be reminded of them often.

The background of my computer and phone both feature a Blue Tesla Model S.


Where Attention Goes Energy Flows

The above tracking strategies have been working great for me and I believe daily tracking can help you achieve positive habits and your goals too.

Keeping the streak of consecutive days at the gym alive became very important to me last two months thanks to the calendar tracking system I am using above.

Even though I didn’t make it to the gym every day this month I still made it most days.

With my new found consistency with the gym I’ve noticed I am visibly leaner from my efforts and I have even gotten a few compliments!

Exercise also leads to greater mental clarity, which has helped me make progress towards my three main goals for this year.

The improving results I have created using this system make me feel confident that I will continue to achieve progress moving forward.


The main takeaway is this: Post your goals somewhere you will see them often and you’ll be more likely to achieve them.

It worked for poker champ Phil, joke champ Jerry, it’s working for me and it can work for you too.


What are some of your goals?  Do you have a system for keeping your goals in mind so you are accountable for achieving them? Share with a comment below!

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4 Responses to World’s Top Poker Player Reveals His Best Success Secret

  1. Inge Vandecaetsbeek November 6, 2017 at 4:08 am #

    Nice blog Garin. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Drew Rieder January 19, 2018 at 6:01 pm #

    Garin, I need to do this ASAP. No excuses. Love the #Garinspiration bro. Keep doing great things. :-)

  3. Garin January 19, 2018 at 8:08 pm #

    Good call Drew! Where attention goes energy flows. This strategy has definitely helped with my gym consistency, and with creating the habit of daily reading. Highly recommend this strategy!

  4. Garin January 31, 2018 at 9:57 am #

    You’re welcome Inge, good luck with your goals!

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