Category Archives: Public Speaking

Recent Podcast appearance with @million_first

Recently I was fortunate enough to be asked to appear on an up and coming podcast “The First Million.” Not sure if I deserve to be a guest but I had a great time doing it. The guys starting this podcast up were awesome to talk to and did a killer job as hosts.

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If you have a minute check out the podcast and also follow them on social media. Even if you don’t enjoy listening to me ramble on for an hour give them a follow, I see big things coming from these guys and this podcast.

The primary focus of this podcast is my early entrepreneurial experience creating a startup in my early 20’s and then focusing on my daily routines and methods. Most of which are stolen from other peak performers like Tim Ferris, Jocko Willink, Joe Rogan etc.

If you enjoy it or even if you don’t, if you make it to the end of it, drop me a line and let me know what you think! Thanks

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Thinking

“An hour of effective, precise, hard, disciplined – and integrated thinking can be worth a month of hard work. Thinking is the very essence of, and the most difficult thing to do in business and in life. Empire builders spend hour-after-hour on mental work…while others party. If you’re not consciously aware of putting forth the effort to exert self-guided integrated thinking…if you don’t act beyond your feelings and instead take the path of least resistance, then you give in to laziness, make bad decisions and no longer control your life.” – Kekich Credo #44

My slide deck from this year’s Pennystocking Conference.

While my slides are kind of worthless without the discussion around them I did have a few people ask me to post them.

I had a great time presenting but since I ran short on time I really never got very far into the slides, I did have a blast with the Q and A, and hope I got to everyone afterwards and answered your questions. If not feel free to use the contact form on my site.

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Google Doc’s Version of Slide Deck

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12 Habits Of Millionaires – @TimothySykes

Overall great article, Sykes can really put out quality material when he wants to. Great list for trading or any career/pursuit. Bolded areas were highlighted by me.

  • Avoid the earn-to-spend mentality. If you want to get richer, you have to save some of what you earn. And if you save more than what you earn, it allows you to increase your trading account and take larger positions which in turns leads to larger profits! My 2nd millionaire student Tim Grittani made $200,000+ in one day HERE on the SAME pattern that he was making $5,000-$10,000 on a year earlier because he was more experienced, he saved his winnings and thanks to his larger trading account size, he could take larger positions.
  • Focus. This is a big one for my students. If you don’t have focus, you aren’t going to be able to make the best trades. You should also write down you goals in each trade and for life in general. This will make it far easier to stay focused and remember what you wanted in the first place.
  • Do whatever is necessary to meet your goals. I don’t care when people tell me I can’t do something and neither should you. Heck, you should use that as motivation to prove them that you CAN do it.! People who earn their millions are perseverant  in the pursuit of their goals.
  • Take calculated risks. In trading and in life, you want to take the right risks. I am always talking about the risk and reward ratio in my trades. If there is more risk than there is reward, then it’s not a good decision. If, however, there is far more potential for reward in the risk, then you should go for it!
  • Be generous. Just like on Thanksgiving of last year when I handed out food to the homeless or the scholarship program I set up at my alma mater, you need to be a generous person. People like Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Carl Icahn, and Ken Langone are all very generous billionaires that you should look up to.
  • Start the day before the sun comes up. I often get up before sunrise to catch up on emails and other tasks so that I am fully prepared for the trading day once the market opens. I suggest you do the same. If you still have things to catch up on by the time the real work begins, you’re not going to be as focuses and in turn you won’t be as productive.
  • Read every day. Whether for pleasure or purely to learn, reading more has been known to help the mind. You could read my book, you could read SEC statements, you could read a fictional novel, just read! It’s far more productive and helpful than watching reality TV.
  • Never stop learning. This is a common theme amongst millionaires; they never want to stop increasing their knowledge base. My students are already on top of this one, especially those that watch my DVDs as well as read my newsletter and watch my video lessons. Always remember that knowledge is power!
  • Stay motivated. This is key. Some ways to help with this is writing down your goals, surrounding yourself with people that are supportive and helpful, take a break to refocus your thoughts and remember what the big picture is, etc. I love traveling, so that is one of the ways that I stay motivated. I know that if I wasn’t as successful as I am right now, I wouldn’t be able to take these amazing trips around the world, and that keeps me focused.
  • Do a good deed every day. This goes back to being generous. Helping others will make you feel good about yourself and enjoy what you are doing. That is why I love teaching. It’s an amazing feeling to know that by just telling other people how I trade and teaching them my strategy, I can help them become more financially independent and live happier lives.
  • Lastly, step outside of your comfort zone. If you want to be notable and more than ordinary, you can’t just do average things. You have to experiment and change things up! I could have just continued to trade for myself and run a hedge fund, but I wanted to help others and run my own business. This has given me a great deal of flexibility that I wouldn’t have had if I hadn’t been willing to step out of my own comfort zone.

via 12 Habits Of Millionaires – Timothy Sykes.

Daily Discipline – mashup of @victor_pride and @tferriss

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In order to improve my overall discipline, which will invariably improve my trading discipline I’ve decided to pursue another month of Victor Pride’s 30 Day’s of Discipline.

I have more or less been following about 8 out of 10 of them all summer, but made a couple tweaks to the plan. Mainly because I’ve opted to give up alcohol for the summer in order to get in better shape as well as create more mental clarity. Seeing Tim Ferriss’s NOBNOM challenge got me motivated to announce it publicly and put more energy towards daily discipline.

My trading has been solid all summer, but several break downs in simple decisions and planning have frustrated me. This often starts from lack of planning and preparation in the morning. Most of Victors rules revolve around a solid morning routine. And while as far as I know he has nothing to do with trading the ideas click with me because I find when I have a solid morning that goes as planned and I hit all my steps, trading profits follow.

And while he does not extol giving up booze Ferriss’s plan does. I decided to mash them up and create a plan to make my mornings and day’s more consistent and full of energy. Staying up to late and drinking beer creates mid afternoon fatigue for me. Mid afternoon fatigue coupled with boring markets breeds losing trades faster than the movie Gremlins…

I also need to free up focused time to complete my Part Time Pennystocks book before September. So by forcing discipline and a tighter routine I think I increase my odds of hitting my goal considerably.

Below are links as well as my tweaked mashup plan.

1) For 30 days there is no consumption of beer or alcohol.

2) For 30 days must wake up daily around 5am.

3) For 30 days you must take cold showers.

4) For 30 days there is no masturbation or internet pornography allowed.

5) For 30 days you must do 100 pushups, 100 sit-ups, and 100 body squats per day.

6) For 30 days there is no snacking. Only 3 meals per day maximum can be consumed.

7) Every day for 30 days you will have a ‘to-do’ list that you must accomplish.

8) Every day for 30 days you must keep correct posture – stand up straight, chest held high, head held high and make eye contact with everyone.

9) Every day for 30 days your answers to yes or no questions are “Yes” or “No”. Excuses and ex- planations do not follow your answer.

10) Every day for 30 days you must keep a notebook and pen with you.

11) You must have one specific and definite goal. This is something you will choose.

12) You can take a lazy Sunday morning and wake up later, but Sunday is used to prepare. You must review all notes for the week, go over plans for the week ahead and jot out your short-term to-do list and your longer-term to-do list.

 

 

Soft | RyanHoliday.net – @ryanholiday

You are soft. If you were born in my generation or thereabouts, you are almost certainly soft. You live a nerf life in a nerf world, filled with nerf delusions.

Check the boxes. Put in your 8 hours a day. Get what you you earned. Get anything.

Nope.

That’s not how it works. But you don’t get to complain that the game is rigged. Why? Because it’s basically fairer than it ever has been. It’s unlikely you’ll suddenly die. You don’t have to go to war. You can travel from place to place and never, ever worry about pirates.

Yet we’re soft. We quit early. Settle. Complain. Think we deserve a break. Make lazy, self-serving assumptions. Try to get the most for the least work.

Stoicism is hard. Cato was hard. They were obstinate, in a good way.

Consider what hustlers call their work: “grinding.” Not “the grind,” diminutively like us, but grindin‘. The hustle. Working all day and all night, looking for an angle, taking their share. They have to, there is no other way.

You have to cultivate that hardness. And you better start soon, because we’re all in the same ghetto now. How? Savagery is one way. You have to learn to love the struggle. To know how to grit your teeth, and promise yourself that you will never, ever let something like that happen to you again.

Everything is a test. It’s a test to see how hard you are. Will you keep going? Can you get to your knees? Can you get you to your feet? Can you try again? Can you bear it? There’s no end in sight, how long can you last?

Stop failing this test. Stop being soft.

via Soft | RyanHoliday.net.