Aftermath

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” ~ Rod Boothroyd, in Warrior, Magician, Lover, King In front of numerous witnesses, what causes a man -- in broad daylight -- to lose control of his truck, jump a curb, cross a lawn, hop over...

The Oldest and Truest Path to Achievement 

Whatever goal you give to your subconscious mind, it will work night and day to achieve. ~ Jack Canfield, The Success Principles Recently, my 5-year old Son had been complaining of "scary dreams." It was making him afraid to go to bed. Of course, it could've been more of a...

There’s No Way Anything Beats This

You are the only problem you will ever have for your trading career and, of course, you are the only solution to this problem. ~ Andrew Aziz, How to Day Trade For a Living As much as part of me wants to resist the first part of Andrew's statement --...

Let Go

Pausing can be a key ingredient in creativity and innovation. Studies showed that the best way to engineer an epiphany was to work hard, focus, research, and think about a problem—and then let go. Do something else. That didn’t necessarily mean meditate, but do something that relaxes and distracts you;...

The Only Way Out is Through

What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do. As I have heard said, a person's success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have. Resolve to do one thing every day that you fear....

Believe

If you are going to be successful, you need to give up the phrase “I can’t” and all of its cousins, such as “I wish I were able to.” The words "I can’t" actually disempower you. They actually make you weaker when you say them. ~ Jack Canfield, in The...

Hurry the ‘F’ Up!

The holy grail of habit change is not a single 1 percent improvement, but a thousand of them. It’s a bunch of atomic habits stacking up, each one a fundamental unit of the overall system. ~ @JamesClear, in "Atomic Habits" If I may, I'd like to change a couple words...

The Puzzle Drive

I had, and still have, persistence. Once I get on a puzzle, I can’t get off. If a friend had said, “Never mind, it’s too much work,” I’d have blown my top, because I want to beat this damn thing, as long as I’ve gone this far. I can’t just...

Less stress. Less strain. Less emotional volatility.

You don’t have to add anything in order to be happy; you’ve got to drop something. ~ Anthony De Mello, in "Awareness" True in life and in trading. I've spent the better part of the past two weeks meditating on ways to improve upon a trading strategy I employ in...

The Greatest Threat to Success is Not Failure But Boredom

The greatest threat to success is not failure but boredom. We get bored with habits because they stop delighting us. The outcome becomes expected. And as our habits become ordinary, we start derailing our progress to seek novelty. Perhaps this is why we get caught up in a never-ending cycle,...

Cash is a Position

If you’re worried, scared, uncertain, unhappy, on tilt — or all of the above, depending on the hour — it’s ok to do nothing. Cash is a position. Cash is comfort. Cash is control. Cash is Safety. It can be very tempting to go in and try to sell all...

When Everything is Breaking News, Nothing is Important.

In the aftermath of the Coronavirus pandemic, history will not (should not!) be kind to news media. And a wholesale inventory needs to be made about the role news media should play, and how it's currently corrupted. I'll start with the Good News and kudos: News media -- all outlets...