Monthly Archives: July 2014

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.

TraderFeed: The Proactive Personalities of Traders and Entrepreneurs

  Specifically, four traits are common among successful entrepreneurs:

  • Proactivity – the ability to spot opportunities
  • Creativity – the ability to generate innovative ideas
  • Opportunism – the tendency to pursue opportunities as they arise
  • Vision – the desire to make a difference in the world

via TraderFeed: The Proactive Personalities of Traders and Entrepreneurs.

Finding Time to Read | LinkedIn

“The rich invest in time, the poor invest in money.” — Warren Buffett

How do you value your time? We can make more money, we can’t make more time.

Charlie Munger, voracious reader, billionaire, and vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, once commented “In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn’t read all the time – none, zero.”

It’s pretty simple: You either read or you don’t. If you read you probably want to do it more. If you don’t read, I’m not going to convince you to put down the remote.

Reading more isn’t a secret. It comes down to choices.

via Finding Time to Read | LinkedIn.

Idea machine, my implementation of @jaltucher method.

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Since I’m working towards finally publishing my trading ebook I’ve decided its time I need to start actually writing on a regular basis. While there is a constant churn of shit coming out of the world of finance it can actually be a challenge to get motivated to write something of quality.

Now, not about to rate this blog as “quality” at this point, but you have to start somewhere. One of my goals is to post a list of shitty ideas each day and write about all of them or just a few, or actually hopefully just one.

I stole this idea from James Altucher and his “Idea Machine” post.

My hope is to build a little momentum in my writing frequency and quality, as well as give a reason for someone to actually visit this blog from time to time.

Alright enough self-deprecation, time to post the ideas.

Since I’m currently working on an ebook about how to become a high performing “Part Time Pennystock Trader”, I figure my first list should be trading related. So my agenda was to create a list of 10 items to blog about revolving around the world of penny stock trading.

Here it is:

10 Things to Blog about – Trading

1. Daily Goals
2. Pre market prep
3. Showing up every day
4. Focus on your type of plays.
5. Avoiding chatter, social media, chat, news etc.
6. Discipline
7. Sticking to stops and profit targets.
8. Documentation
9. Review
10. Trading Rules

I’ll start with number one for today, daily goals, or profit/loss goals. I know a common rule for trading is to not set a profit target. But I disagree with this, you have to have some point daily where you determine it a good or a bad day. Sure don’t force trades to dig out of a hole, but if you are trading well you should be piling up bigger profitable trades vs losers. Myself I set a target of $500 a day. I figure at some point this will expand, but in the current conditions of this summers scalping market I think $500 a day is a good number.

While I prefer not to trade all day long, I REALLY enjoy taking time off. That is one of the big things I like about this idea, if its noon, there are no great plays and I’m sitting on $500+ in profits. I can happily mail it in the rest of the day and work on self improvement, or read or just hang out with the family.

I think the open ended grab bag idea of getting as much as you can every day is flawed. I’m sure I’ll get disagreement from many traders and I have read plenty of articles stating that profit targets are foolish. Now am I happy with $500 a day, no not at all. But again I work best with a goal and a goalpost and I think setting one is valuable. I have experimented with using a certain number of profitable trades as a goal, but that is flawed for me and any part timer I think. When I focus on making 0-3 trades a day it can be somewhat unrealistic to have a goal of 2-3 good trades a day. On some days it will be easy to have all good trades, but for me and anyone not trading 10 or more times a day it is more often you will have one really good trade (+$1500), and one pretty crappy trade (-$250).

In this scenario your quality score is only 50% but you have exceeded your daily goal by quite a margin. So I can call it a day and consider it successful.

This has been a brain dump and my first actual written blog post in a while so I realize there for sure could be more editing. But I’ll be back working on daily progress tomorrow.