Trading, to me, is not about finding a holy grail. It’s about being fully rounded in my approach and fostering an inquiring mind. Since I often find it difficult to change, this can sometimes be quite a challenge for me, with certain hurdles that need to be overcome within myself. So it takes time and practice. But it is, exactly, in this conflict where I find the work I need. I can talk forever about the skills needed to ride a bike, but it is in the doing and feeling where the real learning happens.
Since adopting this attitude of learning, I am finding that trading has layers of understanding that, as I unravel them, take me regularly to aha moments. Breaking the learning down into manageable chunks makes it easier to see and understand. I know I have arrived at a level of clarity when I can explain the what and why of a particular thing to a six-year-old. Often it is not complex at all. A matter of a few lines drawn on the chart with assertion and a depth of understanding is often sufficient.
There is no doubt that trading can be tough, but with humility and courage, it is extremely exciting, liberating and rewarding. In my 50+ years on this planet, I find the skills learnt in trading are also applicable to life and if I fail to learn a lesson I will be presented with it over and over again until I do learn it. I cannot pretend to have learnt it either. This is a very raw thing that forces a truth in my practice.
This continual aspect of discovery is best summed up in this quote: “Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit there from.”
-Language of Markets Member