The Real Poker
This is a VERY important stage of growth in Poker. I started out running really hot and thinking skill was everything. My second year of poker was an incredibly frustrating learning experience and the fire has tempered my steel and made me stronger. Skill is important but does not guarentee you are going to win on any given day, month, or year. I will say it again: people have had bad runs for a year! All due to variance. It is a little rare but a few weeks or couple of months is totally in the realm of reality.