The Real Woman Behind Molly's Game on How to Reach True Fulfillment | Molly Bloom on Impact Theory

Last updated: Jun 1, 2023

The video is an interview with Molly Bloom, the woman behind the most exclusive high-stakes poker game in the world, discussing her journey to true fulfillment and the lessons she learned from her experiences.

The video features an interview with Molly Bloom, the real-life woman behind the book and movie "Molly's Game." She discusses her journey from running high-stakes poker games to being arrested by federal agents and facing prison time. She also talks about the importance of acting with integrity and finding true fulfillment in life. The interview touches on topics such as constructive suffering, the underdog story, and the entertainment value of celebrity and the mob.

  • Molly Bloom started running high-stakes poker games to fulfill a deep sense of unfulfillment.
  • She grew up in a family of high achievers and felt the need to be powerful and have agency.
  • Money and freedom were never enough, and she became someone she didn't like.
  • She learned that she couldn't enjoy any situation if she didn't like who she was and the choices she was making.
  • Molly Bloom is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, and former Olympic level skier.
  • She refused to cut the mob in on an illegal high-stakes poker game she was running.
  • Molly Bloom's steadfast refusal to save herself from prison time by ratting out anyone involved drew widespread media attention.
  • Molly Bloom's underdog story and redemption story give people hope.
  • Molly Bloom's journey to true fulfillment involved facing her fears, taking responsibility for her actions, and being vulnerable.

The Real Woman Behind Molly's Game on How to Reach True Fulfillment | Molly Bloom on Impact Theory - YouTube

The Real Woman Behind Molly

Molly Bloom's Journey to Fulfillment

  • Molly Bloom started running high-stakes poker games to prove something and fulfill a deep sense of unfulfillment.
  • She grew up in a family of high achievers and felt the need to be powerful and have agency.
  • Money and freedom were never enough, and she became someone she didn't like.
  • She learned that she couldn't enjoy any situation if she didn't like who she was and the choices she was making.
  • She ended up addicted to drugs and alone, and the only shot for her to have a second chance was to continue to act with integrity.
The Real Woman Behind Molly

Molly Bloom's Background and the High-Stakes Poker Game

  • Molly Bloom is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, and former Olympic level skier.
  • She was ranked third overall in North America at 21 years old.
  • She was arrested at gunpoint by 17 federal agents and faced a decade's worth of prison time.
  • She refused to cut the mob in on an illegal high-stakes poker game she was running.
  • The game became the most exclusive high-stakes poker game in the world, with more than $100 million changing hands in a single night.
  • The players around the table were some of the wealthiest, most influential, and most famous people on the planet.
The Real Woman Behind Molly

Molly Bloom's Refusal to Rat Out Anyone Involved

  • Molly Bloom's steadfast refusal to save herself from prison time by ratting out anyone involved drew widespread media attention.
  • She has been featured on countless shows, including Ellen, Vice, and NPR.
  • Her life story was turned into the award-winning film Molly's Game, written and directed by Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin.
The Real Woman Behind Molly

The Real Woman Behind Molly's Game on How to Reach True Fulfillment | Molly Bloom on Impact Theory - YouTube

Molly Bloom's Underdog Story and Constructive Suffering

  • Molly Bloom's underdog story and redemption story give people hope.
  • She didn't know anything about poker and was coming from a big deficit with her skiing career.
  • Constructive suffering is the idea that suffering can be used to build character and resilience.
  • Molly Bloom used constructive suffering to wage a comeback after blowing her life up.
  • She believes that constructive suffering is necessary for growth and that it's important to embrace it rather than avoid it.
The Real Woman Behind Molly

Lessons from Childhood

  • Embarking on a disciplined course of action even when it feels uncomfortable and wrong.
  • Deep desire to have a significant life and a big life is innate in almost everybody.
  • Process of getting somewhere feels bad and happens in the dark and in-betweens.
  • Being a parent isn't a popularity contest all the time, you prepare your children for life and to be formidable.
  • Keep getting back and not quitting is the key to becoming formidable.
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Becoming Formidable

  • Didn't start out life formidable, but always leveraged the thing inside of her that is not going to quit.
  • Getting through the worst thing in the world that broke your heart and crushed you gave the biggest gifts.
  • Not much rattles her now, and if it does, she knows to persevere through it.
  • Being formidable is just continuing to go at it and being willing to get crushed.
  • The willingness to move towards fear fast is the key to becoming formidable.
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Processing Fear

  • Her dad didn't allow fear and made her uncomfortable in the moment.
  • Standing at the top of a mountain, looking at a cliff or a mogul, and saying "I can't" is a common feeling.
  • Quitting doesn't give the empowered feeling of doing it despite being terrified.
  • Getting to the other side of fear and feeling proud of oneself is the key to processing fear.
  • Just because there's fear doesn't mean one can't do it.
The Real Woman Behind Molly

Lessons from Failure

  • When her life fell apart, it was the most liberated she had ever been.
  • For the first time in her life, she didn't feel that she had to impress the world.
  • That liberated mindset affected her deeply and is something she continues to try to replicate.
  • Failure is a gift that enables one to have a different perspective and hindsight.
  • Failure gives the opportunity to start over and do things differently.
The Real Woman Behind Molly

Lessons from Fear

  • Fear is the greatest thief of dreams and a fulfilling life.
  • Balance is important in dealing with fear.
  • Lessons from fear can be applied in parenting.
  • Finishing what you start and pursuing excellence are important values to instill in children.
  • Being a friend to your children while pushing them to their limits is a good approach.
The Real Woman Behind Molly

The Importance of Reputation

  • Molly Bloom grew up in a family of high achievers.
  • She felt unfulfilled and sought to prove herself through success and power.
  • Running the poker game became about greed and morality took a back seat.
  • She learned that there's no amount of money or freedom that can make up for not liking who you are or the choices you make.
  • She chose to take responsibility for her choices and protect her integrity.
The Real Woman Behind Molly

The Power of Vulnerability

  • Molly Bloom's downfall was due to addiction and a lack of vulnerability.
  • She learned that vulnerability is a strength and that it's important to ask for help.
  • She realized that she had to face her problems head-on and take responsibility for her actions.
  • She learned that true fulfillment comes from being vulnerable and authentic.
  • She now uses her story to help others and inspire them to be vulnerable and authentic.
The Real Woman Behind Molly

The Journey to True Fulfillment

  • Molly Bloom's journey to true fulfillment involved facing her fears, taking responsibility for her actions, and being vulnerable.
  • She learned that true fulfillment comes from being authentic and living with integrity.
  • She now helps others find their own journey to true fulfillment through her coaching and speaking.
  • She believes that everyone has the power to change their lives and find true fulfillment.
  • She encourages people to take responsibility for their actions and to be vulnerable and authentic in their journey.
The Real Woman Behind Molly

Molly's Most Formidable Moment

  • Molly's most impressive moment was being completely leveled and still finding a way to move forward.
  • At 35 years old, she was millions of dollars in debt, a convicted felon, and her reputation was destroyed.
  • She was not hireable and no one wanted to make her story into a movie because they were afraid of the famous people who would object to it.
  • Molly moved forward by coming up with a plan and never quitting until she figured her life out.
  • She looked at herself as a startup and executed a strategic plan to write a book and own her IP.
The Real Woman Behind Molly

Getting Aaron Sorkin to Write and Direct

  • Molly realized that the greatest asset she had left was her story, and if told the right way, it could create a platform for her and get her a job again.
  • She did a ton of research about the publishing industry and Hollywood to figure out how to monetize her story.
  • Molly believed that if she had content and a good writer, it was a good bet.
  • She pursued Aaron Sorkin, who was at the top of her list, and most people laughed her out of their office.
  • Finally, she met an attorney who introduced her to Aaron, and Molly pitched her story to him.
The Real Woman Behind Molly

Being an Entrepreneur

  • Molly believes that being an entrepreneur is a spirit that you apply to everything.
  • When she realized how decimated her life was, she looked at herself as a startup and executed a strategic plan.
  • Molly wrote a book to own her IP and monetize her story.
  • She pursued Hollywood and believed that if she had content and a good writer, it was a good bet.
  • Molly was sure she wanted Aaron Sorkin to write and direct her story.
The Real Woman Behind Molly

Luck and Strategy

  • Molly's success was a combination of luck and strategy.
  • She executed a strategic plan to write a book and pursue Hollywood.
  • Molly pursued Aaron Sorkin, who was at the top of her list, and pitched her story to him.
  • She was lucky that Aaron liked her story and agreed to write and direct it.
  • Molly believes that luck plays a part in success, but it's important to have a strategic plan and execute it.
The Real Woman Behind Molly

Survival Mode

  • Molly Bloom talks about being in survival mode.
  • She explains how survival mode is a state where you have nothing to lose.
  • She says that in survival mode, she got pretty fearless and had a strange brand of pure confidence.
  • Molly Bloom pursued ways to return to this liberated, fearless, confident mindset.
  • She read a ton of books and spoke to people she respected in all different fields.
The Real Woman Behind Molly

Getting Out of Your Own Way

  • Molly Bloom says that the only thing that's ever standing in between yourself and your ultimate dream is yourself.
  • She explains that you've got to figure out a way to get your own self out of the way.
  • Meditation is an absolutely critical performance tool because it allows you to train your mind.
  • Molly Bloom also learned in a 12-step program to make a list of the weak parts of your character and work on them.
  • She takes an action right there a contrary action and creates a courageous thought or makes a courageous action.
The Real Woman Behind Molly

Being Authentic

  • Molly Bloom talks about being authentic and true to yourself.
  • She says that it's important to be honest with yourself and others.
  • Molly Bloom explains that when you're authentic, you attract the right people and opportunities into your life.
  • She also says that being authentic means being vulnerable and open to feedback.
  • Molly Bloom believes that being authentic is the key to true fulfillment.
The Real Woman Behind Molly

Lessons Learned

  • Molly Bloom talks about the lessons she learned from her experiences.
  • She says that she learned the importance of taking responsibility for her actions.
  • Molly Bloom also learned the value of hard work and perseverance.
  • She explains that failure is a necessary part of the journey to success.
  • Molly Bloom believes that the most important lesson she learned is that true fulfillment comes from within.
The Real Woman Behind Molly

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