Being Aware

It's been awhile since I've written.  Still on my hiatus from trading, but right now there is the need to write.  Currently listening to Norman Hallett's free teleseminar on "The 5 Keys to Disciplined Trading" - really good stuff.  He was talking about psychology and how our neuropathways are built.  He used the words "trading is gambling" and that really struck a raw nerve in me.

I feel this thing rise in me of anger.  Not going to "vent", but just share some things I'm noticing. 

One of the things I'm learning is with regards to being offended.  Have I been consistently successful for the long-term?  No.  As Norman is going through this teleseminar, I can see why.  My mom, more than most people, have reiterated to me how much trading and the stock market is gambling.  What I don't understand is that if that's so, then why do people bet their whole retirement, pension, 401Ks and place them in the stock market?  That makes no sense to me.

How about Vegas?  My mom lives in Vegas and I think periodically she does go to the casinos.  She does do some other types of gambling, and it's fun for her.  I've received a lot of formal education in trading, lots of psychological counseling, but looking back, I see where I got the education was not the right place or that I spent way too much money blowing it on the wrong education.

All the things Norman is talking about, I've had to learn through the school of hard knocks, which has cost me way more than what he charges.  Wow, I could've saved so much time and money going through him.  I'm not getting paid to promote him, rather as I listen to him, he's telling the truth about things.

So, what have I been doing these past 2 months?  Spending time with my kids.  They started school 5 weeks ago and that's a lot of work.  Been also doing a lot of reading on money, spiritual things and it's really hitting me hard.  I'm going to be a much better and different trader when I do come back.  In the meantime, my MLMs aren't working too well, so I will be looking for other ways to bring in money somehow outside of trading.  Pray for me.  It's not what I want to do, but it needs to be done for awhile.  Sucking it up.  It's all good.
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