Updated: Apr 14, 2019
Molly's Game, by Molly Bloom
Molly's Game, is the story of a girl who after moving to LA, becomes involved in an underground poker ring. Molly works her way to the top, realizing how hard it is to stay there, she tells of the tales, connections, and lessons she learns along the way.
It's a book I would recommend to any girl who at some point in her life thinks she will end up in the man's world of business.
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My favorite quotes from the book:
"baptism by fire... He gave me a Wall Stree-style education, the kind that guys give guys down on the floor or at the trading desk, the kind that women rarely get" (pg 28).
"The most important thing was to somehow figure out how to make myself relatable." (pg 39).
"I wanted a big life, a grand adventure, and no one was going to hand it to me." (pg 49).
"'Let's see what happens tonight and decide after the game.' I wanted to see how much he made." (pg 62). -- Never jump to quickly on an offer.
"Poker is a game of odds, simple math, and being able to read people... Know when to leave the table." (pg 71-72).
"It's a strategy for life. If you're going to be a risk taker, make sure you're taking calculated risks." (pg 72).
"Everything that passed in front of my eyes was another lesson in economics, in psychology, in entrepreneurship, in the American dream." (pg 73).
"You can tell a lot about a man's character by watching him win or lose money. Money is the great equalizer." (pg 76).
The mentality that creates success, "They trained or studied harder than their competition, they treated failures as opportunities to get even better." (pg 91).
"I had never understood the dynamic of girls automatically hating other girls. I took the lead." (pg 132).
"They gave me a cool hello; they were old school and I knew it would take some time before they would show me any respect. I didn't care. My game spoke for itself." (pg 140).
"Wanting to be overstocked or short-stacked at a table is a clear indication of playing style and ego." (pg 142).
"I was paying taxes, I was playing by the rules, but I had made the rules work in my favor." (pg 143).
"I knew he would never do this, and that was one of the things I liked about him. He wasn't flashy and he seemed to have a healthy respect for the value of a dollar despite his family's wealth." (pg 150).
"I was overextended, over my head, and loving every second of it." (pg 160).
"When it comes to games or love, men hate being chased." (pg 161).
"she was street-smart in a way you couldn't teach -- but she was so beautiful that no one saw it coming behind those big blue eyes." (pg 187).
"I had learned never to underestimate the power of making a man feel special and impressive," (pg 193).
"I was on a mission. I had something to prove, and I would not let my adversaries see me fail." (pg 197).
"I wouldn't allow myself to become complacent; I never stopped searching for the next whale, the next donkey." (pg 205).
"the lessons I learned on the way up were just as valuable as the ones on the way down," (pg 259).