Haven’t we all had some fantasy of trying to save the world?
Traders can have it as well.
Both traders at the beginning of their journey and even the super successful ones.
The truth is that some traders do not succeed, or even restrain their own trading growth and profits simply because, on some concious or unconscious level, they are trying some variation of saving the world and people around them. They are trying to lift up everyone around them to their level… which by the way is an impossible task.
You can’t get everyone, nowhere close. And it is important to realize this, with whatever trade ideas, whatever advice, whatever information, whatever insights you give out.
Same thing for all the people who go to church and listen to the sermon.
Most people are still going to do their own thing. Go on their own journey. They have their own ideas and desires as it should be.
The world would be a very boring place if everyone was exactly like each other. Somehow, everyone does their own thing and it usually all works out in the end. Life is truly a grand and beautiful adventure.
I am not diminishing the importance of reading about learning from the successful traders of the past.
If someone has learned important things through a lifetime of application and study, and chooses to pass on such ideas and strategies in their various books and lectures, etc, then it can be very advantageous to consume them, learn from them, and pay attention. No need to spend decades figuring certain things out. You invest a few dozen hours to learn from the successes and failures of others.
Which do you prefer? Spend 50 hours learning the trading knowledge that can change your life, or spend 10 years trying to figure things out on your own?
It is kind of foolish spending years figuring out something, that could have been answered by an hour with the right person.
That is partially what the explosion of information over the past 20 years has allowed. You can go out and take action to acquire the knowledge you require, far easier and faster than ever. There is still the challenge of avoiding the charlatans and peddlers of junk information. This can be overcome through the development of a trading philosophy and principle that you can base your trading on.
Back to the saving the world syndrome.
You can be an amazing person, with a golden heart, financially successful, give back, etc. And there are still people you can’t please. And that’s ok. You have to be fine with that. If your not, and you keep trying to please such people, then you are sabotaging yourself. And if you sabotage your own growth, you are sabotaging your family, community and the world. There is logic in that.
For every city, every community, every street could use another successful person as an example of what is possible. You make the decision to BE that person!
As Stuart Wilde said:
“You can instantly become happy and free by deciding to leave the world alone and concentrate instead on yourself. By strengthening yourself, you serve all humanity. Each of us is linked to one another.”
When Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, was at her first formal review, Mark Zuckerberg told her:
“My desire to be liked by everyone would hold me back. He said that when you want to change things, you can’t please everyone. If you do please everyone, you aren’t making enough progress.”
These are important quotes to remember when you are on the trading journey and have that ambition and fire within you. You are not going to be able to please everybody. Not everyone will have the same knowledge, vision and ambition as you.
For everyone in life is at a different stage in their journey. A different level of awareness and comprehension. Don’t kill yourself trying to change people.
Learn to know when to let them do their own thing, let them go on their own journey. This can include family members, friends, clients, employees, etc.
If you desire any level of accomplishment, it requires a certain level of focus on your own growth and journey.
Therefore, be careful that you don’t try to please too many people so much, that you become nothing to yourself…
Trading Genius Can Be Attacked
There is phrase that “all good will be attacked.”
The novelist Paulo Coelho phrases it this way: “Only mediocrity is safe. Therefore, be the best and get prepared to be attacked.”
I don’t think it happens in every case. And I hope the world is moving to a more loving place where that happens less and less. However, it is important to develop immunity to criticism. To develop resilience to intimidation.
Another idea I read about was that genius can be crucified. That some geniuses ideas are at a higher level, etc, and the common person just doesn’t understand them and they get crucified.
So I want you to know that if you are on the trading journey and making progress and have fabulous trading ideas, you may get attacked. I know I was.
Anything I have ever done in life, no one else in my family or starting group of friends have done it. I don’t think they even thought about it much. Sometimes they crucified me. It’s not that I have special abilities or something. It is not just different levels in work ethic. We all work hard. It is just different desires in life. Different choices about what you choose to do with your time. What activities are you doing. What information and ideas are you allowing in your life. Which influences the level of awareness and consciousness. That’s all.
It is very difficult for someone to understand that ambition, that inner hunger and desire in a young person, or a person of any age for that matter!
Therefore, if you are getting attacked, use it as sign that you are on the right path to great things. Stick to it. You may be on to something special.
These topics are seldom talked about by traders. For it may have happened a long time ago, and they are on to the next thing. There is a relentless focus on the trading process of when and what to buy or sell. As it should be! It forms the basis for so much. However, one of the initial reasons for traders persevering and desiring success, is not just for their own personal achievement. They also desire to prove “them” wrong.
For there are some people who can get jealous and envious of you.
They just can’t seem to mind their own business because they don’t have a business worth minding! Such attacks from one person to another, are typically evidence of anger and a lack of purpose and a life vision in the attacker.
Get away from these people. Learn to say no. Be with a good friend. Listen to music. Read a good book. Consume yourself in something more positive, like an exciting project.
There was a fascinating piece of graffiti that said:
“Take The Bricks Your Enemies Throw At You And Build Your Castle.”
That is exactly what you should do. You don’t have to always try to figure them out. Some things label them the mysteries of life.
The truth is that not everyone will wish you well in life. I think the world is moving to a better place as long as we don’t blow each other up. Unfortunately, the savages in the world still exist.
As Einstein once said:
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
Learn to focus and be passionate about your own journey and growth.
With this website and the knowledge I am sharing, I get messages from people thanking me a hundred times about all I do for them and the thousands of pips they have made. I also get messages from people crucifying me.
One person loves my ideas, another doesn’t. One person makes thousands of pips, another doesn’t.
Every wonder why that is? It does have trading implications. For everyone is at a different awareness and comprehension level. You can be told something 100 times, and finally at the 101st time, you are ready for it. As the saying goes: “When you are ready for it, it will makes its appearance.”
I work in a similar way. I required and still require constant exposure to the good information and ideas over a period of time, for it to finally “click” in my mind.
So it is foolish to assume that just because you have heard it before, you shouldn’t read about it again. Because that is exactly how I learned about global macro trading. Constant exposure. Similar things, said in slightly different ways over a sustained period of time, until I finally “got it.”
Which brings me to one of the most important trading insights ever by the “Market Wizard” Bill Lipschutz:
“Not everyone is going to interpret things in the same way, at the same time, as you do, and it’s important to understand that.”
This means that market participants interpret market action and charts differently. Which means perpetual inefficiencies. No need to be afraid that market opportunities will vanish forever.
Just like one person says that one book changed their lives, while another person read it and says it didn’t do anything for them, while another person bought it but never read it, while another person never even bought it. Such a range of possibilities.
A similar thing happens in financial markets.
You Are Already A Success And A Great Person
If you know where you are going and progressing there, you are already a success. You are already a great person. You may not have achieved all the results you desire yet, but you are already a success.
You don’t have to have $10 million dollars to consider yourself a success. Because if you do, then you will never be satisfied with what you have.
If you wish to be an even grander success, then more results are necessary.
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