Turning Pro

On Wednesday, I mentioned this article in the trading experiment: http://www.stevenpressfield.com/2013/06/how-hard-is-it-to-turn-pro/

I enjoyed the article and Mr. Pressfield’s point of view so much that I proceeded to buy both “The War of Art” and “Turning Pro” on my Iphone and have made it through both in just a couple of days. They are not long, drawn out disertations on the question of “how do I feel”, they are the most perfect way to represent this journey that I ever could have hoped for. *Note: I was not able to locate a hard copy, only digital versions.




Pressfield says “resistance seems to come from outside ourselves. We locate it in spouses, jobs, bosses, kids. ‘Peripheral opponents,’ as Pat Riley used to say when he coached the Los Angeles Lakers. Resistance is not a peripheral opponent. Resistance arises from within.”

Here is an exerpt from Turning Pro that is on Pressfields website:

“The model this book proposes is the model of the amateur and the professional.

The thesis of this book is that what ails you and me has nothing to do with being sick or being wrong. What ails us is that we are living our lives as amateurs.

The solution, this book suggests, is that we turn pro.

Turning pro is free, but it’s not easy. You don’t need to take a course or buy a product. All you have to do is change your mind.

Turning pro is free, but it’s not without cost. When we turn pro, we give up a life with which we may have become extremely comfortable. We give up a self that we have come to identify with and to call our own. We may have to give up friends, lovers, even spouses.

Turning pro is free, but it demands sacrifice. The passage is often accompanied by an interior odyssey whose trials are survived only at great cost, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. We pass through a membrane when we turn pro. It hurts. It’s messy and it’s scary. We tread in blood when we turn pro.

Turning pro is not for everyone. We have to be a little crazy to do it, or even to want to. In many ways the passage chooses us; we don’t choose it. We simply have no alternative.

What we get when we turn pro is, we find our power. We find our will and our voice and we find our self-respect. We become who we always were but had, until then, been afraid to embrace and to live out.

Do you remember where you were on 9/11? You’ll remember where you were when you turn pro.”

That is what the trading experiment has always been about, I just didn’t know it! I have wanted to turn pro. That doesn’t mean I need to trade full time right away, it may be years or days before I do that, who knows. It doesn’t mean that I view my trading differently and try to make double next week because that’s what a “pro” does. All it means is that I fight through the resistance. I do my work. I analyze charts every day the way I know how and keep getting better and growing. And ultimately, the reward for this journey will not be the sum of money, it will be plain and simple:

“I learned how to battle resistance, I killed it, and now nothing can ever stop me again.”

Happy Sunday to everyone. Face some resistance today. Take a jog, sit and analyze a chart for an hour, take the kids to the park. Resistance is our enemy.

And if you do, please share it with me. I really want to hear about it!

Twitter: @plateautrader

Email: shonn@shonncampbell.com


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