Pride

I think Pride holds me back. I’m just riffing here, but its something that has been on my mind recently. When I look back upon my career, relationships (with people and money), education, and even sports, I think in many (if not all?) cases, I’ve been driven by a warped sense of Pride. A Pride […]

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The Proof I Seek is Found in the Trades I Make

No way of thinking or doing, however ancient, can be trusted without proof. ~ Henry David Thoreau, Walden Simulated Trading. Backtesting. Forward Testing. Optimizing. All of these steps, and more, are vitally important to any aspiring systems or algorithmic Trader. Creating a strategy out of thin air or on a whim and then just sending […]

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I Am Not My P&L

Happiness is our natural state. Happiness is the natural state of little children, to whom the kingdom belongs until they have been polluted and contaminated by the stupidity of society and culture. ~ Anthony De Mello, Awareness Remember a time when all the mattered was whatever happened on your block, your street, or within the […]

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What Makes Me Stand Tall

The only things that can ever have value to you are the things you’ve invested yourself in. Each setback is an opportunity to invest more, and to enlarge the size of your eventual reward. ~ Ralph Marston This is what has always driven me in trading. The ability to build something successful and to be […]

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Serenity Leads to Profits

You don’t have to add anything in order to be happy; you’ve got to drop something. ~ Anthony De Mello, Awareness A couple weeks ago I published a piece discussing transitioning my portfolio into a long gamma, long volatility trading strategy. You can read it here. I hinted in that piece, “By no means am […]

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The Next Great Advance

Sometimes you have to give up. Sometimes knowing when to give up, when to try something else, is genius. Giving up doesn’t mean stopping. Don’t ever stop. ~ Phil Knight, Shoe Dog I’m too hard on myself. I’ve often confused the point Mr. Knight is making above. I’ve often tricked myself into thinking “giving up” […]

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Stepping On The Gas

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You have the power to choose the direction of your focus. You have the ability to find the good in each moment, in every occurrence, and move forward with it. ~ Ralph Marsten This is a lesson I try to impart to my Son on a nearly daily basis. It’s easy to be scared of […]

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True North

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Life favors the specific ask and punishes the vague wish. ~ From Tools of the Titans, by Tim Ferris If I had a time machine, like many of you I’d definitely use it to go back in time and redo or rethink certain major decisions in my life. First and foremost, I’d use my time […]

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No Time for Drama

Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, and The wisdom to know the difference. ~ The Serenity Prayer via GIPHY SERENITY NOW! One of my all-time favorite episodes from Seinfeld. I’m constantly uttering this exclamation. Both tongue-in-cheek and in actual practice. One of […]

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