Last Thursday, 3/31/11, marked 5 years since I walked away from sales conferences in Hawaii, drinks on the 19th hole with customers and a big fat paycheck to trade full-time on my own account. My first thought is WOW! How have I survived countless unforeseen expenses? How did I survive the Great Recession? How have my wife & I maintained our same lifestyle? Vacations haven’t changed and we are still living in the suburbs and driving nice cars.
It is simple.
I WANT IT!
In Napoleon Hill’s book “Think and Grow Rich,” he shared a story of Edwin Barnes – a man who desired to become a business associate of Thomas Edison. According to Hill, “Barnes desire was not a hope! It was not a wish! It was a keen, pulsating DESIRE, which transcended everything else. It was DEFINITE.” Barnes described his desire as such, “There is but ONE thing in this world that I am determined to have, and that is a business association with Thomas A. Edison. I will burn all bridges behind me, and stake my ENTIRE FUTURE on my ability to get what I want.”
That means putting my Engineering and Business degrees back to work for the man is not an option. It means means working 12-14 hour days. Constantly analyzing my trades. Determining which set-ups work best for me. Forever reading and writing. I didn’t understand this until lately, but writing fine tunes my thought process.
Trading is a business. Treat it as a business. Protect your capital. And with a little luck, trading may take you to places of your DREAMS.