Top Twenty Poker Professional to High-End Productivity Coach with Chris Sparks

Find one thing that if you did it every day, would ensure that you move forward, and then make sure that it happens every day.

In this episode of Nat Chat, I’m joined by Chris Sparks. Chris shares his story with getting heavily involved in poker while still in college. Chris had planned to get into advertising but instead went all in with playing poker. After a year, he was living in a multi-million dollar mansion in Los Angeles up until 2011 when the US shut down online poker, seizing all of the money that he and his friends had in their exchanges. He went to London, continuing to pursue poker and travel, but soon began getting into more entrepreneurial projects. Currently, he’s now a high-end productivity coach.

Chris is an excellent person to emulate for those wanting to become highly productive and efficient, as well as successful.

We cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • Tons of advice for those looking to be more productive and successful
  • Chris’ story on becoming a worldwide top-twenty online poker player
  • Becoming more efficient at learning things
  • Chris’ advice from traveling and top-performers
  • Building positive habits and commonly found productivity-hindering habits
  • Chris’ personal system for improvement and productivity

And much more. Please enjoy, and reach out to Chris on Twitter!

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If you enjoyed this episode and our discussion on self-education and entrepreneurship, check out my episode with Zak Slayback, as well as my episode with Connor Grooms.

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Show Topics

1:30 — Intro to Chris, a bit of background on him and his story, and why he currently won’t go back to the UK.

7:24 — Chris’ time in Europe, what came next for him after getting out of the poker scene, and how he got into more entrepreneurial projects.

9:50 — Chris detailing his two-year traveling experiences and working on his bucket list. Also, some of the major things he did while traveling and detailing some of the powerful lessons that he learned.

12:57 — Chris’ really interesting story with poker and becoming one of the top twenty professional online poker players in the world. Also, his original career path and what made him stray away from that, eventually to consider playing poker as his full-time job.

18:25 — Chris’ experiences in Brazil and some life-changing moments he had there.

21:00 — How Chris learned to play poker so well, what that process looked like, and how you can emulate this to improve your own learning abilities.

24:13 — Chris moving to LA from Detroit with some of his closest poker friends, him detailing some crazy stories from that, and then going on to live in a multi-million dollar mansion there.

29:23 — How long Chris lived in that mansion, his experience with losing most of his net worth to the government, and his reaction to getting the news that the US banned online poker.

31:57 — Chris’ story with learning marketing, google analytics, and getting into productivity coaching after losing most of his money

34:26 — Some of the first things that Chris worked on with various entrepreneurs in productivity coaching.

38:07 — Some productivity and prioritization advice from Chris to others.

40:59 — The common bad habits that Chris notices with his clients and some more powerful productivity and positive habit forming advice. “True success comes from small improvements every day.”

44:24 — Chris’ personal system for reflection and system improvement. Also, some tactical pieces of information and advice that you can apply to your own life.

47:53 — What has helped Chris out the most with learning the mechanics of productivity. Some advice for others, as well. “Getting access to what all of the other top-performers are doing and deconstructing that.”

49:52 — What Chris was first sharing and helping others out with in the beginning. Advice for others looking to be successful also mentioned here. “If anyone finds it useful, it’s selfish to not share it.”

54:03 — Wrap-up and where to find Chris online.

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The biggest thing that you can do, particularly in college, where you’ll never have as much serendipity and exposure to people from all over who have all of this free time and opportunity to do things, is to work on projects together, do things that scare you, take advantage of the massive amount of resources at your school that you’re already paying for, and take on opportunities to expand your skillset through projects and activities.

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Originally published at on November 24, 2017.