A recent survey identified a key ‘weakness’, according to some folks in our Trading Room. They thought that I, Hugh, seemed to be more concerned about enjoying life, hanging out at the beach or simply doing things other than trading all day. Pretty funny, I thought, as perhaps they were missing the point. lol Don’t get me wrong; I love you all! 🙂
You see, I trade to live, not live to trade. I used to do that… glued to my computer day in and day out, then all night long assessing upcoming trades. Sure I may have made more money but what’s the point if you do not take the time to enjoy it? While on that topic, there are actually two components to market success: a) making money, and b) keeping it. But that’s for another blog. Just because the market is open does not mean I have to be there.
Since discovering that delicate balance between making money and enjoying the fruits of my labor, I have found that not only am I wealthier but much happier. Just like two wings of a bird must be in balance for it to fly, our lives, too, must be in balance to work. Physically, mentally, spiritually… too heavy on one or another and we suffer.
My Trading Room lasts only to about 10 am or so… sometimes sooner, sometimes a little longer. Once I am satisfied with my position, I do not need to stay in the market any longer, but prefer to enjoy the day’s activities.
Now truth be known, my passion is helping others, so I do, in fact, spend much more time with emails and personal training sessions. But that’s my choice… to help others achieve greatness on the market.
In line with another question I hear all too often: “Why do you bother training when you can just make money trading?” The answer to that is simple. Teaching others keeps me sharp. I wake up to having an honorable purpose in life, and frankly, I thoroughly enjoy it! I meet wonderful people from around the world on a regular basis, without even leaving my office! How cool is that!
Bottom line: It’s all about lifestyle. Live how you want to live! No other profession I know, invites you to do just that!
Head Trader Hugh