No, this is not an essay on the Dickens novel by the same name, though, there are a number of similarities between the novel and a precision shooters expectations of success at the tables.
Dickens story is a rags-to-riches-to-rags story and revolves around the primary character, Pip*. I kid you not! Do you think Dickens played dice?
O.K. A little more about the novel. Good fortune smiles on Pip. A benefactor arranges for him to be educated and soon he finds himself rubbing elbows with the crème de la crème of high society. While running in these elite circles, our pal Pip is even introduced to Estella who has been trained to break mens hearts. Hmmm, she sounds a little like Lady Luck to me . Now, I hope that Im not giving away too much of the story here, but in the end, Pip loses his money and his position in society, only to discover that virtue is more important than wealth and position.
So, what the Dickens does this have to do with craps and precision shooting? Great expectations. You have them. I have them. We ALL have them. You expect to throw longer hands at the table. You expect your SIGNATURE numbers to be thrown. You expect to profit from this. These are all valid expectations .valid to a certain extent.
If you expect to throw hands of 15 tosses or more every time you get the dice, youre expecting too much.
If you expect to build beach houses on the Riviera based on your craps profits, youre expecting too much.
If riches, popularity and a place in gambling high society are the reason you took up precision shooting, in all likelihood, youre in for disappointment.
Here are a few things to think about in regards to Great Expectations:
So, back to Dickens. It took losing his wealth for Pip to discover virtue. I urge you to stop and smell the roses while you are on this precision shooting journey, theres some wicked fun to be had. Most of all, enjoy the game. Enjoy the people you meet. Enjoy the satisfaction in every bit of progress you make.
* The dots on the dice are called pips.