E110: Colin Jones, Blackjack Apprentice
06/11/2019 | 53 Minutes
Colin is a professional blackjack card counter, an occupation he landed on after combining his math degree with a book he read at Bible Camp. He provides training, resources, and a community for card counters through his online program, Blackjack Apprenticeship – teaching others to think like an investor, not a gambler, and that blackjack, unlike every other casino game, is a strategy where past events actually impact future outcomes. Live your life transformational, not transactional, and look forward to future outcomes with hard work.
PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL TICKS
Alignment - actually aligning every aspect of your life or time with your goals. The freedom to pursue the more important things in life and spending a more efficient amount of time making money. Aligning his time, energy, and resources to his values and what he believes is worth pursuing in life.
Teaching his network and building a community of card counting Christians. his team was featured in a documentary, Holly Rollers, The True Story of Card Counting Christians. If casinos are beating gamblers for 1 million dollars a day, can this team beat the casinos for a thousand dollars a day?
Further, teaching his kids about the potential impact they can have on the world. As a family, they support many causes to stop child trafficking, and instilling other missionary work ideas as part of their family mantra. Serve because they have resources that others don’t and watching his kids ‘get it.’ Seeing them succeed.
Make every decision planning for a positive result, planning for a positive impact on his children and family. Expecting that the great will win out.
Teaching the idea of expected value - It's the foundation of card counting, but also a way to see nearly all decision making in life. It's what separates gamblers from investors.
Colin’s got a book coming out, ‘The 21st Century Card Counter’ published by Huntington press. He wrote the book he wanted to write, and then approached the one publisher through which he wanted to publish.
PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL TICK OFFS
Manipulation - Whether it's casinos manipulating gamblers through their marketing/practices, corporations/investors using money and power to manipulate laws/markets to their advantage, or manipulative people in general.
Thinking like a gambler. Obviously this mindset is rampant in casinos, causing people to make horrible decisions that affect their lives. But the same kind of thinking causes poor decision making in business, personal finance, and more.
Money with out purpose
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