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Saturday, August 13, 2016

+2%....+4% for the year

Today's post is not really about the trading. I've not had much time for posting the last couple of weeks. I have a "real" job which incidentally I have come to loath with a white hot passion, I am in the final stages of earning my degree which I have no idea what to do with. Plus I am the taxi driver for my kiddo. All this keeps me pretty busy.

But and its a big but......

I am about 2 days from completely burning the real job bridge. I literally hate it. I thought I'd enjoy being back in the mortgage business but truth be told, I hated it from the first day and I've only grown to hate it more each day.

What led me to this decision is this.....the job is sucking the life out of me and I think I'm at a place where I can afford to live on my trading....not because I am a great trader but because I am ready to literally burn the bridge of thinking I am anything other than a trader. I'm ready to own the label. Its been my experience that until you burn the bridge of other options, there is very little success at any of the endeavors you are pursuing. The old Chinese proverb says, "man who chases two rabbits loses both." I'm tired of chasing anything other than excellence in trading.

I have about 16 years until I retire. Two things happened this week that helped push me over the edge.....1. One of my favorite authors has a new book all about finding and creating the life you want and 2. This week I listened to a podcast and a Netflix movie both featuring Tony Robbins. I used to think he was over-hyped, but he said a few things that resonated with me. All this started me thinking about what I could see myself doing for the next 16 years.....and it wasn't mortgage banking, something I'm good at but hate. I went through a mental inventory of all the requirements I have for income producing activities (I refuse to call it a job) and of the 8-10 things I came up with that I require, no single "job) filled all of them but trading came closest to all of them in some way. One of the main requirements I had was that I had to love what I do....and I love trading even though I sometimes hate it!!! So I chatted with my wife and we agreed, so its time to rock and roll

I am under capitalized. I know and understand the issues with this. I fully accept these limitations. I will be trading one or two lots most of the time....and I will trade both CL and ES. ES will be just for scalping, purely mechanical. I have a mechanical system for scalping 1-2 points a day on ES that I developed a long time ago, it still works, I just wanted to learn how to hit the big I quit the scalping game. Since ES doesn't move that much right now, scalping is fine on this instrument...I can live on scalping proceeds because my needs are fairly small.......and I will wait for the larger moves on CL to build capital and create wealth longer term.

Here are the charts from yesterday. 45ish ticks per lot on CL and 2 points on ES (not shown)

By the way, the yearly totals don't add up from the last post because I've had some wins since then that I didn't post.


  1. what a great post what the challenges we all face, in life...thank you for your honesty. :)

    There is only one thing to say....."there is no try, either you unshackle the magnificent achiever that lives in you and walk the path, or you do not...there is no try"


    Success will simply depend on your using this tool of MP to diligently trade, while being aware of your ever present fear and greed that lives in all of us....Livermore shot himself because he couldn't control have better tools than him....write that story of yours bud...I wish you my heartfelt is not hard to do...I have done it, I have the worst temperament of all to be a trader....and I did it

    MJ did not achieve because of his ungodly talent...he worked harder than anyone what's stopping you, anyone of us?

    Everyone else is enjoying the gorgeous summer day today (and I will later as well)...but right now I am working...not because I have to.....but because I love it and I live it.......

    Success and luck smiles on those that prepare harder than anyone else....

  2. Thank you for this.....on a side note, I've begun something I think (hope) will help with the fear and greed. I don't want to eliminate those emotions but I do want to learn how to work with them so I downloaded a meditation app. Every successful person I have ever read about meditates. Even Ray Dalio attributes much of his success to meditation. Jerry Seinfeld says all of his best ideas come from meditation which he's done for many many years. So I started about 5-6 days ago. I will talk more about this in my blog as time goes by.


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