In the poker world, a ‘Railbird’ is a is a name for someone who tends to watch poker games "from the rail" instead of choosing to actually participate. (The rail is what separates the viewing area from the playing floor.)
The moment you decide to create something honest, write a song, step on stage, share something with the world… you’re officially in the game.
But here’s the deal, there’s a few things about being in the game nobody’s told you...
Railbirds and their opinions (good or bad) are a sign you’re doing something interesting. The best players in the game ignore them.
You can’t be holding cards and be a railbird at the same time. The moment you stop to look around and see what other people are doing at their table, you’re not in the game - Pick up your cards, put your head down, and get back to work.
We all grew up being told you have to ‘play the hand you’re dealt’ and just make the most of it but that’s a load of shit, and professionals know it!
Here’s life’s biggest secret: If you don’t like the hand you’re dealt, YOU CAN PUT YOUR CARDS DOWN AND LEAVE THE TABLE.
Build your own table
Use your own deck
Invite your friends to join you,
and deal out a new game!
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
― Theodore Roosevelt