Found a table and team to practice with earlier on. Also, I would have started in my current weight class (176lbs) rather than the 242's where I soon realized 1) my hand is way too small for that class and 2) this sport humbles you quickly.
Looking at it more as a game or sport rather than proving who is stronger.
To explain that further,
Being receptive to learning many different moves and styles of arm wrestling from the start. Treating equal the toproll, hook, press or any move. Instead of thinking of arm wrestling as a strength competition and trying to always get into the spot that you feel most dominant and powerful in, learning how to read an opponents weaknesses and throw different moves at different opponents even if it is not your strongest ones.
IMO, those type of pullers develop more quickly. I am one of the guys that developed bad habits then tried to break and/or compensate for those bad habits. It works against amateurs and low to mid level pros, but you can't beat elite pullers doing that.