So, in regards to poker, the more you play, the more skill becomes a factor. A professional player gets the same number of good and bad hands in his lifetime, so it's a matter of skill how well you play them. A professional player who has a run of bad hands need only minimize his losses, before probability inevitably evens out, and the good hands are dealt. Minimize your losses, maximize your gains - and you'll have a successful career.
So what's the lesson to be learned? Being dealt a run of bad hands is just a waypoint on the road to a run of good hands - over time it will all even out. That's the immutable law of probability. And the worse your run of hands -- the better the hands you have yet to be dealt.
So my new philosophy:
The worse it is now, the better it'll be later.