Stand Up and Trading

March 8, 2019


The more I think about it, the more it isn’t surprising that I can relate to the plight of the Stand Up Comedian.

Here, in no particular order, is how Stand Up Comedians and Traders are incredibly similar species:

  • It’s all you. All your successes and failures are your own. There’s nobody else to blame or thank.
  • The road to success is long and lonely. Regardless of any natural ability, it still takes time to hone your craft, improve your timing, and know when to step on the gas or ease back.
  • You’re going to look like a fool. Often. It’s part of the process.
  • Luck plays an important part in success. But you have to work damn hard to put yourself in a position to get lucky.
  • When you’re killing it, it feels like you’re on top of the world.
  • When you’re struggling, there’s a dark feeling of loneliness.
  • Many of us spend our mornings and afternoons in our pajamas. Showering optional.
  • We both gather intelligence and raw materials from observing the world around us.
  • It seems so many of our colleagues are constantly struggling to get to that “next level.”
  • We both take to social media to try out new ideas, get feedback, and expand our networks.
  • When its working, you can “work it” from anywhere.
  • When you’re failing, it won’t matter where you are. Gotta focus on your stuff.
  • Success is contagious. And it opens doors for additional opportunities. There will always be rooms to perform in, and capital thrown at you.

I’ve always had the utmost respect and awe for Standup Comics who can slay a room. For all the reasons listed above (and surely more I haven’t thought of), it is becoming crystal clear to me why this is.

What are some additional similarities you’ve observed?