I was thinking a lot about this over the weekend. I have 40 days of writing to do and I try not to think as much as I used to and be a bit more of a doer so I may have bitten off more than I can chew here.. haha. We will see.
I wanted to do a piece on some of the differences in my perceptions of trading, professional trading, full time trading, and consistent profitability. I probably won’t cover all of those topics today but look for them in upcoming posts.
Today I am going to talk about what is different about my thinking on being a “professional trader”.
It’s blown way out of proportion… WAY out.
Am I talking about the freedom? na. That’s pretty awesome.
I’m talking about the idea that it’s a better “job” than any other. Is trading any more rewarding than digging ditches? or building a house? or making a cold call? or whatever it is that you are diligently working at today to provide a life?
No. It isn’t.
It’s a job. What makes the job is the person, not the other way around.
I guess I knew all along that this was the case but I didn’t want to accept it. I wanted to think that when I made it, I would then be a better person because my circumstances where better.
Again, not really the case.
18 months into trading as a “professional” and I still have a lot to learn about patience and discipline and how this business actually works. But I have come so far. Am I a better person because I am trading for a living? No. I am able to trade for a living because I have allowed this process to shape me and move me where I needed to go. Not very willingly I will admit but every time I just accept that this is how it is, stop fighting it and trying to do it my way, only then can I actually take a true step forward.
Life is kind of funny that way. It never goes the way we want but more the way it always should.
So to sum it up, don’t be in a hurry to change. I understand there are certain circumstances that force change. There is nothing you can do about that. I’m talking about the way I forced my hand. It’s not necessary, unless your a hard headed stubborn animal like me. Being a pro full time trader isn’t anything like fast money portray’s it. I promise. (Unless you get a job on Fast Money.. Then it’s probably a lot like Fast Money). But I didn’t. I still live a quiet life with my family and have needs that need to be met. I eat what I kill and I go with the flow.
Don’t rush your process. It will come to you if you let it. I kind of wish I would have done that more so that’s why I’m passing this post along to you.
If you have any questions about going full time, or how to allow the process to come, reach out to me. firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a great day