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Having journaled for so long, I have become addicted to expressing my thoughts online. It is cleansing, clairvoyant, thought-provoking, a vehicle for expanding understanding.

I am no longer interested in talking about a specific trade. Or even, trading-specific issues. But there are many things in our minds that enter our trading but have no boundaries, and focusing on those things can have exponential benefits. The most shifting experience of my life has been the pursuit of trading for a living. This is a place for those types of thoughts.

I have also found a group of similarly-minded traders by posting for so long, and I would miss the interaction with them if I were to quit posting altogether. I have learned from many, shared with many, grown attached even to some. I am wanting a place to continue that open conversation, dare I refer to it as trader intimacy.

I have also met a very few traders who have completely blown out of the water what I believed was possible, from what I can guess as purely odds of acquaintance x number of posts x depth of reality. Like chumming for sharks, if you put out the scent they will eventually find the bait. Let this be a trail of fresh blood...

So, I am starting this new thread, completely fresh and detached from anything resembling a journal, but still in an environment where I hope to attract traders, share thoughts, struggles, observations and epiphanies. Appreciate each other as the rare individuals that we are.

So I'll start with, "Hi my name is Gary, and I am a Trader."

While that sounds like the opening of a ______ Anonymous meeting, there is a very distinct difference. It has taken me a long time, but today I say it with pride and acceptance. I have been to the edge of insanity and back to clarity. To the point of destruction and back to truly living.

Thanks to all of those who have shared the journey. I would not have made it without you.


Now, let the party begin!

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So I'll start with, "Hi my name is Gary, and I am a Trader."

Now, let the party begin!

Hi @GaryD Trader

A german wording says "Die alte Katze lässt das Mausen nicht"
which translates "The old cat never stops catching mice"

This thread sounds like a nice place on a sunny day under big trees
with great view over the sea...

Have a bold journey!
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Hi @GaryD Trader

A german wording says "Die alte Katze lässt das Mausen nicht"
which translates "The old cat never stops catching mice"

This thread sounds like a nice place on a sunny day under big trees
with great view over the sea...

Have a bold journey!
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who has not even seen ONE indicator in the tags


But, I did get "insanity".

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“When you’re one step ahead of the crowd you’re a genius. When you’re two steps ahead, you’re a crackpot.”

—Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, Lincoln Square Synagogue, Feb 1998, cited in Arizona Jewish Post, 18 Sept 1998, B10

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I noticed my other two threads were also tagged "insanity". I would think something had gone wrong with me if they weren't, but this one was very fast. Must have a reputation already.


My trades lately have been from the mindset of being like a surgeon, as a friend advised me recently. make your cuts, leave the operating suite.

I bought crude Tuesday and today, tried calling them in the chatbox since I had not done that yet, but the thrill is already lukewarm for that.

Knowing what I want to see happen has been the most elusive part of trading, as we learn new things, then go about referring to those references as our trading progresses, never really knowing if those are the right things to watch, whether the signals are being interpreted correctly, etc. As a self-taught trader, there are millions of combinations of things we could choose to put together our personal way of approaching the market, like trying to crack the most secure code in the world.

I have found a place that feels right for me. I know without a doubt that even if something does not work this time, it works most times, not because it is a pretty indicator, or I read it, or I backtested it. I have lived it long enough. And as that realization continues to solidify I find myself very calm, knowing for sure when I will get into a trade. I did one for fun yesterday in chat, and typed "shhhh", as that was the whisper part. I get very quiet and still and focused in the few minutes or seconds before an entry. But when I am in, I know that I did everything I know to do. I know that I have seen this type of trade play out hundreds of times before. I know if I am wrong, it was still a very good trade.

And, I am trading a few of the 6s now. Currently short the 6J, sold the 6A on Sunday night, covered at end of NY session. Watching 6S tonight. may sell CL in the London session. Winding down my other work.

Edit: 2nd TGT hit in 6J. Very cool to have something to trade in the evening.

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They nap together a lot. I am so proud of Piper, 6 year old pit with a lot of fear issues, has been so sweet and accepting of the new baby.

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I started trading from a very vulnerable psychological position. That caused me to focus on making money over taking care of myself and enjoying life. My move to where I am today included dropping an outer shell that was not allowed to fail, finding humor in as many things as I could, finding respect for myself and who I am today.

I went through times where nothing mattered except for learning to trade. When the outcome of my trading had an enormous effect on my feeling of self-worth at the end of the day, or of the week. Where I would completely exhaust myself to watch the market. My happiness, my health, did not come into consideration in my "core" motivation (the one that exists behind the scenes).

I did not trade to take care of myself, I traded at the expense of myself, with profits being the greater goal.

It took a lot of self-study to see that. It is a characteristic that many have and never get beyond.

I have always known that true change requires a catalyst, but have always thought of that in terms of something sudden and forceful. This particular catalyst was slow and timid and needed to be nurtured. Another reason for my joking about whispering. Soft motions, careful awareness.

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I have added three markets to my mix, but only trade them at night, and use a completely different trading style to do it. I am leaning towards adding Forex to my data, but for now trading the Australian Dollar (6A), the Japanese Yen (6J) and the Swiss Franc (6S). I just started that side venture this week, but beginner's luck has me currently at 3 wins 0 losses, with one trade in each currency.

It is not for the money, it is another move to see the markets in a different way. I met another trader who has been very helpful in giving me a quick understanding of how currencies work, and the newness of it all feels beneficial as an overall shift in interpretation of movement.

I changed the colors, the indicators, went to a black background. The whole thing is very technicolor. I added a 4th dedicated monitor so I can watch each new market on it's own screen while not losing my awareness of crude oil. I do like having options, that is something I had abandoned. I also enjoy being able to be choosy.

Tonight I traded the Yen again, decided to pass on crude. But watching now for a 5WM completion around 109.75-110. I would prefer to short that, contingent on what happens at that moment, than trade tonight in what could be it's final approach.

I read an interesting article in Zero Hedge about how crude could move higher for reasons related to a different view of demand/supply. If that is correct, the minimum W5 target could be nothing more than a moment in time.

I bought crude today in the afternoon pullback, then got bored with it and took a shower instead. It did move higher into the close, but I had endured enough screen time for the day and had little patience for consolidation. As my read of the open improves I find myself becoming addicted to fast directional moves, exit at a reasonable target, and find something else to do. "Operating Suite" mentality is taking over without my prompting. I have probably watched screens for more hours combined than I have had sex, and that is just sad. Trading should be more like a quickie, then on to something else. But it seems to have some seductive quality that one can stare at it for hours and not get bored.

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"To avoid whipsaw losses, stop trading." - Ed Seykota


I bought CL today around what appeared to be the bottom, was up around 80+ ticks (on the day, not that trade), it pulled back, I added, then came back and tested the low for the 3rd time.... I was flat at +20 something...

But, my reason for going long still existed, I had been "washed out", and gave one more shot once it pulled back into ETH value, bought 106.75, full exit 107.26.

Great week, going to be an incredible year. Mostly because I bought a new lock for my mountain bike so I can ride it to the gym.



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Ohhh, big aha moment in futures.io (formerly BMT). The "tags" came from things I said. I never paid much attention until now. So, my tags of insanity are self-inflicted? Hmmm. Something to think about. It does accurately describe a part of the trading psychology mix. If most traders lose money, but most still think they will win, doesn't even the start of a trading venture include some degree of it?

From an online dictionary

in·sane

adj.

1.
a. Of, exhibiting, or afflicted with insanity.
b. Characteristic of or associated with persons afflicted with insanity: an insane laugh; insane babbling.
c. Intended for use by such persons: an insane asylum.

2. Immoderate; wild: insane jealousy.

3. Very foolish; absurd: took insane risks behind the wheel.



#3 sounds like an accurate description of the risks many of us take in trading, or in the belief that we can become one.


Latin "insanus" : in-, not + sanus, sane, healthy.


Not healthy. Speaking of which, I have a bike to ride.

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I never do "load the boat" on a trade. I should sometimes, but I have taught myself, right or wrong, that if I treat every trade the same I will have a better survival rate. That comes from having certain expectancies, and those change over time.

As I become more and more confident in what I am seeing and the likelihood of a certain outcome, there will be a time soon when I might. I did some practice on adding in recently, but that is not the same RR. The correct time to add is in the beginning.

I have seen that my understanding and expectation confidence has grown exponentially this year, but not to where I feel it is time to re-write my own rules. But, one thing remains constant; that I am a better trader than I was.

And at some point rules will change.

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Saturday night, I am bored and came to futures.io (formerly BMT), but there is really nothing here that I want to see. And that is not meant to be anything against the site. I love the concept of futures.io (formerly BMT), recently was willing to help lead the defense if needed. It is an incredible place. It's just that, for me, the pursuit of knowledge through a site like this has limited appeal today.

While there is a great library of webinars, every indicator I could ever want, discussion on nearly every trading topic known, I have started to lose interest in all of that. My tie today is in the social aspect. A place to find like-minded traders, try to help other traders, have traders try to help me.

I am becoming a firm believer in mentorship. Trading is thought of as such a frivolous pursuit, akin to gambling. But there are a few who make it, and having found a few, a shift occurred that is different form anything else I have experienced. Once the concept moved from being fairy tale to being real, very real, my core found a base that I have not felt before that.

I thought I was full-time ready once before. I managed to psyche myself out of it. It had nothing to do with an ability to trade profitably, even though the thing that defeated me caused me not to. It had to do with a core belief.

I am not suggesting the formula is to believe and it will be so. There is a lot of work required, a lot to learn, a lot to experience. But once a trader has all of that, there is still something missing usually. That something is a knowing, not knowledge. Believing in something is not strong enough.

Our civilization once thought the world was flat. Sounds insane today for some to think that. But until it was known, there was this dominating fear, or majority-accepted reality. Trading for a living is a similar thing. The majority say it is not possible. Deciding for yourself to prove that wrong is ballsy, but does not include knowing. Columbus did not KNOW, he believed, and was willing to prove it. But I am sure his first trip to find out was taken with far more anxiety than his last. But once he truly experienced something different, he could then laugh heartily at anyone who continued to believe the world was flat. He knew, and nothing could change that. Once you know, you know, and at that point there is little that can be done to undo that knowing.

The world is not flat, as we all know today, and it seems pointless that I am referring to that as an analogy. But to the majority of the trading world, some things remain stuck in beliefs. The reality is far from those. I have seen it with my own eyes.

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very well said @GaryD!....in my other life we used to chalk it up to 'experience'....had another term which I think is a better fit... 'seasoned.' (In my eyes that covers ballsy, free thinker and confident as well.)

...the ability to not get shaken out of the tree so so speak...and the ability to follow through on the mission without waiver and having to refer to operational manuals (indicators, chat rooms, etc) for successful follow through

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I sent this to someone I am hoping to help. Trading has mentors, and reaching back to grab a friend's hand is never a bad thing. It is a relationship, satisfying a need on both sides.

I shared this with someone I see as who I once was similar to;


"Listen. Keep posting, keep thinking. If I could tell you what you need to know, I would. It is deeper than that. In some ways you have to stop wanting it.

The elusiveness of the market is not much different that the concept of pursuing "enlightenment". Who has seen it? Very few. Who can give it? No one.

But it can be found."

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very well said @GaryD!....in my other life we used to chalk it up to 'experience'....had another term which I think is a better fit... 'seasoned.' (In my eyes that covers ballsy, free thinker and confident as well.)

...the ability to not get shaken out of the tree so so speak...and the ability to follow through on the mission without waiver and having to refer to operational manuals (indicators, chat rooms, etc) for successful follow through

I will say this. It is hard to make this shit up. ))))))))))))))))

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I don't know what you do/did before trading, but if you're getting bored with it even if profitable I'm wondering if the celebration of a good week, or a signing of a big contract at the office is what you miss. You want the freedom of trading, but don't like that no one recognizes the accomplishment/profitable trade other than yourself? Please tell me if I'm off topic and I will delete my post.

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or the "thrill of the chase" for your strategy (like when dating) has worn off and you've accomplished your goal.

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I don't know what you do/did before trading, but if you're getting bored with it even if profitable I'm wondering if the celebration of a good week, or a signing of a big contract at the office is what you miss. You want the freedom of trading, but don't like that no one recognizes the accomplishment/profitable trade other than yourself? Please tell me if I'm off topic and I will delete my post.

I gotta jump in on this @Irfsdad...don't think @GaryD is getting bored, just that he has elevated his skills to being a 'leader' rather than a 'follower.' There comes a point in trading when you realize 'i can do that' and...'I do that better than that guy' so why should you focus your attention on a forum (no bash against Big Mikes, it's been hugely helpful to me) for your trading other than to teach of share your techniques with others. What took you countless hours of study and likely thousands of dollars in losses to get to where you are now should leave you looking in the mirror, as you pass life by and it plays out - to your PLAN!

ya gotta be able to be a winner....and a closer.

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I don't know what you do/did before trading, but if you're getting bored with it even if profitable I'm wondering if the celebration of a good week, or a signing of a big contract at the office is what you miss. You want the freedom of trading, but don't like that no one recognizes the accomplishment/profitable trade other than yourself? Please tell me if I'm off topic and I will delete my post.


I was just bored that evening in general, looking for something to do. I have spent a lot of time on futures.io (formerly BMT), but I could not find anything that I wanted to do here. I think I moved on to YouTube and watched some instructional videos on paddleboarding.

I just had a long conversation with my wife last night about it, that I do not have another job lined up after today and am really not looking for anything. I look forward to every trading day and have no interest in continuing my other work. And not really for the money, more of a way of thinking.

I am doing things like getting my bike tuned up, shopping for a paddleboard, added a surf report app to my phone and texted a friend over on the coast to say when and I am there, getting out and meeting new friends, buying fresh vegetables and making juice (arugula is not a smart choice, stinks the whole house up), bought a magazine on Islands, a book on Urban Tantra...

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Excellent GaryD,
I thought I wrote those thoughts when just reading them ! (Lol). I've had similar ideas also.
The mentorship is one I've never done with trading(but on other things) and noticed I improve
so much myself when helping/assisting someone else. Very exciting and hard to understand
until you do it yourself.
Trading for me has been up and down. But I've found a technique( FasterEFT.com) that
significantly helps remove the negative emotions connected with trading ( and other things in life too),
and found it is easy to do. I do not solicit any of myself here. This tech. can be done yourself
and easily.
I only suggest this here, because traders are a unique group. And sometimes do not know where
to turn when the emotions are tense and negative.
It is rewarding to see this site where one can help and suggest new ideas.
Thanks,
G.

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The mentorship is one I've never done with trading(but on other things) and noticed I improve so much myself when helping/assisting someone else. Very exciting and hard to understand
until you do it yourself.
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It is rewarding to see this site where one can help and suggest new ideas.
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Yes, emotions are the key.

I see things about "futures.io (formerly BMT) being a scam" and just laugh. What is there here to scam? Sure they have vendors, but this site is about helping and learning and sharing. I know it has helped me to find others to learn from, and I have found myself recently more interested in logging in to see if I can find someone I can help.

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Excellent GaryD,
I thought I wrote those thoughts when just reading them ! (Lol). I've had similar ideas also.
The mentorship is one I've never done with trading(but on other things) and noticed I improve
so much myself when helping/assisting someone else. Very exciting and hard to understand
until you do it yourself.
Trading for me has been up and down. But I've found a technique( FasterEFT.com) that
significantly helps remove the negative emotions connected with trading ( and other things in life too),
and found it is easy to do. I do not solicit any of myself here. This tech. can be done yourself
and easily.
I only suggest this here, because traders are a unique group. And sometimes do not know where
to turn when the emotions are tense and negative.
It is rewarding to see this site where one can help and suggest new ideas.
Thanks,
G.

I just watched this youtube video from the founder Robert Smith and recommend it to all, some great techniques.

Robert Smith of Faster EFT explains how the mind works at Habilitat Hawaii - YouTube

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Thank you for checking out that site Brutus and GaryD that I mentioned above.
I don't like to promote sites, but this one is especially important for Traders with Emotions.
*
But this technique does have side effects: other areas in your life improve also !
And simple to do.
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It is mandatory to resolve your emotions using any technique or method
that removes all tension.
Trading successfully requires zero emotions. "Just another trade''- is important to think about.
I will stop here ; about this ever so-important topic.
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Greg
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I just deleted charts again from this thread. I don't want charts to fuck this place up. I have done that enough. Charts are nothing but history, a method of communication, a frame within which to view the movement of a market.

Should I expect that what happened today will occur again? Of course it will. But each day, each setting, is unique, and just reading a few charts is dangerous. Trading and engineering are polar opposites.

I moved over here because there was way too much noise (charts) in the other threads I have used. That can lead to confusion, a belief that the answer is somewhere in that picture, and it takes something away from the words, or the thought itself.

Charts are indicators, something visual to use in a decision making process. It is how a trader interprets what the charts are saying, how they manage perceived risk versus perceived opportunity that makes the difference. That, and some healing of wounds suffered previously.

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I just took a shower, got ready for the world outside of trading. As I was in there I was laughing to myself about changing my experience level in futures.io (formerly BMT). I started posting trades in chatbox about a week or so ago, had never done that before. Maybe 4-5 wins, no losses, nothing spectacular. I was doing it to maybe prove something to myself? I traded more than I posted, but would only post what I thought were the best trades. I was hoping to maybe share a little good fortune, maybe teach something?

But I realized just a few moments ago, that my ride has been a wild one, very long, very traumatic for me. I never lost money before 2008 in anything, then rode that underground. I think the real reason I was posting trades in chatbox was to give my ego a boost. And while ego has no place in trading, balance does. My previous losses in life had pushed me so far into lack of confidence that I think I used it as a shot in the arm. "Look at me, how great I can trade" was more "Gary, you would not be doing this in public if you did not have confidence, you are not that social... "

I am changing my experience, and resigning from calling trades in chatbox permanently. Both just for me.

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Short Squeeze is showing symptoms of too much screen time. One more day...




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But I realized just a few moments ago, that my ride has been a wild one, very long, very traumatic for me. I never lost money before 2008 in anything, then rode that underground. I think the real reason I was posting trades in chatbox was to give my ego a boost. And while ego has no place in trading, balance does. My previous losses in life had pushed me so far into lack of confidence that I think I used it as a shot in the arm. "Look at me, how great I can trade" was more "Gary, you would not be doing this in public if you did not have confidence, you are not that social... "

I am changing my experience, and resigning from calling trades in chatbox permanently. Both just for me.

An examined mind and life. Well done.

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I have gotten to where I know certain things to be reoccurring enough to depend on them from a probability standpoint. I have tested the markets in as many ways as I can think of, and done the same with myself.

I am closing down my business, but not burning any bridges. Going to give it a year and see where it goes.

futures.io (formerly BMT) is a great website, has been such a part of my life and my processing, but I need to get out of the mix for awhile. I will watch some things on futures.io (formerly BMT) here and there, probably occasionally comment if I can be helpful. But maintaining a thread or calling trades has too much potential for trading ego. I will still post here if I am going to post.

I have a feeling I will experience withdrawal symptoms, and can understand why I heard @Lornz asked to be banned (never did meet him). Please forgive me, but I am going to Facebook as my methadone for a place to perpetuate my insanity posts. Those have been very helpful for me.

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A follower of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has recently been granted permission to use a photo of himself wearing a kitchen sieve on his official ID card. He says the kitchenware is a crucial part of his “Pastafarian” faith, and he must wear it at all times to respect his deity; a monster made of spaghetti and meatballs. Thousands of online followers insist that “Pastafarianism” is a genuine religion, refer to their almighty as “His Noodliness”, and claim that the universe was created by the ball of noodles after “drinking heavily”.






For those who "drink heavily" this weekend, at least try to make it productive. And cheers to a free speech victory?



Decent week, not great. TGIF

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My stop tighten on this trade kind of bummed me out on Friday. I had hit crude long into the Thursday close and after I was closed it ran without me then too. I went a different strategy on Friday and manually trailed my stop instead of taking a targeted exit, but there was a lot of selling that hit, and watching the footprint too closely caused me to pull my stop in way too close in hindsight, easier to see when I am flat and reviewing than while in the trade.

I figured I could get back in, but there was such heavy selling every time that I just hit the short side a couple times and called it a day.

Those two days of me catching less than 50% of the move caused me to feel so-so about the week, but it beats losing... Anyway, here is how I approached the day on Friday. Charts are not the really the answer, and this is not the set of indicators I used on that day. Just marked up the trade on a different view of the market and decided to post to point out more room for improvement and call attention to it here to make it sting a little.



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Just replied to a PM about this, thought I would make it part of my record. Copied, pasted, and edited here.

I am not going anywhere. I just monitor myself very closely, and have seen a shift in the past few weeks. It started with me ending the turtle thread and starting a new one. Not sure what was happening, but it felt like I needed to get further out of the mix. That is why this thread went in the category of Off Topic. Far less traffic.

Then I started calling trades in chat, something I have not done before in that setting, and I liked it for a time or two, then noticed I started referring to my record there. Danger sign. The real push came when I was calling a long in CL on Thursday and had a few guys trying to explain to me how I was wrong. I almost got cocky and started to type something like "Look guys, I am trying to help you make some money here..." Then erased it, sat back and saw that I was headed for major trouble with my sense of overconfidence if I did not smack myself upside the head, hard and fast.

Backing off futures.io (formerly BMT) has something to do with 1) getting out of an environment where the majority is struggling, and 2) something to do with me seeing my ego start to build. I think it is time for me to separate myself for awhile from the crowd to address point one, and remove the audience on point two.

I am going full time, leaving behind a very good paying business to do it. I am being as acutely aware of my thoughts and actions as I have ever been when it comes to trading, and if something feels iffy, I fix it or drop it quick. In a trade and in life. It is a very butterfly in the stomach time for me.

I have been working on my environment pretty intensely as I prepare. The most important example was I had major, uncomfortable discussions with my wife about trading (some journaled, some not). I knew that I absolutely needed her to not have any bad feelings about it for it to work, or, we needed to sort that out in advance. Even if it meant going separate ways, it was something I needed to do for me. It looks like I get the better option, only had to adopt a cat for it. And I love him as much as she does, now... but did not want one at all.

I have been posting here for years, as part of getting to understand myself better, learn from others, but it is time to gain some new strengths. Birds throw their babies out of the nest, I am required to throw myself.

I still will remain a member, receive PMs, can't help myself from posting something here and there, it is an outlet for me. But I just need to turn the volume way down on this right now. My email address, skype name and facebook info are all in my profile. Some of you have my address, phone number, a few have an open invitation to stay with me while in Orlando. My trade desk is your trade desk. I think it would be a lot of fun actually. And, if needed I know lots of ways of throwing guys off my scent. Insanity helps a lot in that department.

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Ego is the wrong wolf

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"Don't play what's there, play what's not there." -Miles Davis

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Anyone who thinks trading is hard should try it with a cat that chases anything on the screens that moves... I put him down, he gets back up, I put him down, he gets back up, I put him down...

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The answer to the cat is to get him a screen of his own. You will just have to refrain from chasing anything that moves on it LOL

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The answer to the cat is to get him a screen of his own. You will just have to refrain from chasing anything that moves on it LOL


I tried that. I first gave him the laptop screen, disabled the touchpad. But he lays on the keys and does random things out of nowhere.

Then I gave him his own screen. That worked until I wanted it for something I was learning, wanted a side "scratch pad" I guess. But he was also interested in a scratch pad.

Now I try to divert him to the trade screen when I am chatting, and to the chat screen when I am trading. But he has learned to be most interested in what I am looking at...

I want him to be a trader, so don't want to discourage him. But at the same time, I need to be left alone when trading.

How is that for an answer?

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He lit me up tonight, then went right back to napping in my lap. Blood slowly forming a drop off my finger, I admired that, and petted him. He was feral, still is to some degree. But he is reasonable. LOL!!!!

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If I am "Do Not Disturb" on Skype, I am in potential trade mode. Not necessarily in a trade, but just relaxing into it. But I am online if it matters. Best approach is a text. If I blow you off, it was bad timing.

If this is (will not list), downplay this message. You have to know what I am saying.

I like talking about trading, enjoy any part from learning to teaching, but it has less of a place in the trade. We will no matter what always trade alone.

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At some point, the emphasis was exits. Then it became entries. Then paired entries and exits.

But good entries have so many more options.

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I got invited into a trading room today. It was a slow day, I had my trade wishlist set, said "sure". Called two trades, about 30 ticks each, signed off. Got ready to go learn to surf, we had 2-3 in Cocoa today, minimum I have been watching for. Summer sucks for waves unless there is something tropical.

So just before I walked out, I saw a few questions in this trade room about why I did not post charts. I said something that was true, but felt cocky.

"I just "know" my market. I have posted charts for years, but that does not really matter. No indicator can save you".

That has nothing to do with me having any guarantee of success. It does not mean I know how far a market will go.

It means, I know when I have an edge based on me. How I view things. The experience I have.



Some people will ask me "How many contracts?" My thought is, who cares?

As many as you feel is right given your risk tolerance, account size, and experience. But never is any one trade better than another. Some have faster expectations for completion. Some have greater risk to reward. Some have high percentage probability.

But more important than any of that is survivability. Maybe a word I made up. It means what it sounds like, but also means, it is not about the money. It is about being a skilled trader.

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I am considering taking on a few traders to mentor. Like 2 or 3. No cost, no guarantees, expect it to be very hard and often weird.

If you are interested send me a PM, email, or Skype with where you are and why you want to trade. I'll get back to you.

It will be completely confidential.

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Caught a 4:1 after almost stopping for the day. I was short, scaled out, stop to BE, target a few ticks north of YVAL, came back and was stopped out.

Then tried for an inverted H&S, closed negative but was still up for the day from the prior scaleouts.

Two times wrong, 3 is my max. Thought about just coming back to it tomorrow. Then saw price turn it's eyes on the VWAP prior pivot. Finally caught a real target for the day. But, as happens often, it ran another 50+ ticks without me... It is not like I won't get another shot at it, probably as soon as tomorrow.

Trading profitably and trading beautifully are not necessarily synonymous.

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On the mentoring topic, I have not forgotten. I received a lot more response than I expected, particularly in this thread. I really wanted to do a one-on-one thing with maybe one or two people. I am not doing it for money, just have an appreciation of the importance of true mentorship, different from a purchased education.

This has been a very busy week. I am closing my business which involves insurance, accounting, contacting people personally to not burn any bridges, making arrangements for potential warranty issues, helping friends secure other work.

Plus, I set up two new trading accounts for forex this week, getting familiar with both, learning about MetaTrader4, going to the gym a lot more, I am getting ready to go out of town on Sunday, etc.

I will respond soon and go through some individual questions to decide how to proceed. I am thinking about it, with the focus being how to best approach something like this. Be patient with me, and thanks for your confidence in me.

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This was on facebook last night from a friend of mine. "Let the bodies hit the floor". Meanwhile, Short Squeeze can't even get out a full meow. More of a squeak...

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Good stuff Gary, looks like you have lots to do .

Whoever you choose , it would be great to receive updates here on how the work/study
is progressing.

Perhaps one of the students can post regular updates, like a quick brief post
on their progress.

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Without conflict, there would be no motion.

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And the interviews have begun...






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I have decided to make this a contest, where the twist is I am making it up as I go.

Step one will be a skype call where I make two live trades with you. There will be a quiz at the end of that, but only after all candidates have had their two calls.

Entry closes tonight at midnight EST.

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First Official List Of Rules




1) Anyone not an Elite member of futures.io (formerly BMT) is automatically disqualified. Not Big Mike's rules, mine. This is my contest.

2) If the AMP Futures things proves to be true, you have to leave Amp. If it is not true, I don't dare who you use.

3) At some point in the future I will make up some more rules.

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Where was the wishlist entry?

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What have I highlighted? There are 5 things.


If you are interested in the Mentorship, this is qualification contest #1. PM or email me your answer.

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Where was the wishlist entry?

There's no entry there, that's just a bunch of squiggly lines that I would draw after getting drunk on scotch. I refuse to participate unless there is some Benromach involved and I can consult Short Squeeze. His opinion is essential.....


In my defense, if this post sounds like gibberish its because of two reasons -

One, I am already on my first shot of scotch today
And 2nd (more likely), I just finished watching Bloomberg Business. They killed off a few of my brain cells with the utter garbage they call Business News. Seriously, who watches that nonsense. Who?

PS - I don't have a drinking problem, if that what ya thinking, I call it my truthiness enhancer (hic!), said he while sloppily spilling his drink...oops!

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If you are interested in the Mentorship, this is qualification contest #1. PM or email me you answer.

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PS - I don't have a drinking problem, if that what ya thinking, I call it my truthiness enhancer (hic!), said he while sloppily spilling his drink...oops!


You should have been on that call today. Slow days call for some mood enhancing. But I read this close good enough for me. My trading may have gone in an unusual direction recently, but had it not I never would have had the confidence to go full time.


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@GaryD, in accordance with our site rules, would you please verify that this Mentorship you speak of is completely free , that there is no money exchanged between parties, and that you are not requiring any third party tools or software to be purchased or earning referral fees or likewise?

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@GaryD, in accordance with our site rules, would you please verify that this Mentorship you speak of is completely free , that there is no money exchanged between parties, and that you are not requiring any third party tools or software to be purchased or earning referral fees or likewise?

Thx.

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Correct, I expect nothing other than to have some fun. This is completely free other than you will need to have access to futures.io (formerly BMT) as an Elite Member, which is just because I said so. I am not associated with futures.io (formerly BMT) other than as a member by choice. This thread is nothing more than a vehicle I have selected to communicate through. At least until it gets narrowed down some.

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If you have not already done so, send my your skype contact info.

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Guess I'm out of here to find some models and bottles...

Actually, that was just silly. I have been working on MT4 since around 4pm, it is now 9:30pm, and while I have it running on three screens, I feel like I have never traded before. This is a completely different game.

I have finished day two of trying to get Sierra Chart and FXCM to agree on how to get me online, and gave in tonight to look at a new platform. I have about 20 emails between SC and FX, about 5 help chats on FX, two support threads with SC... No one seems to know what to do.

So far, customer service at Mirus blows FXCM away x 10. Just my opinion of course. But I was being generous.

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Guess I'm out of here to find some models and bottles...

Actually, that was just silly. I have been working on MT4 since around 4pm, it is now 9:30pm, and while I have it running on three screens, I feel like I have never traded before. This is a completely different game.

I have finished day two of trying to get Sierra Chart and FXCM to agree on how to get me online, and gave in tonight to look at a new platform. I have about 20 emails between SC and FX, about 5 help chats on FX, two support threads with SC... No one seems to know what to do.

Hi Gary,

I'm sorry to hear you've been having these difficulties getting online using Sierra Charts with your new FXCM account. I would like to offer my assistance here. You mentioned that there's been quite a bit of correspondence between SC and FXCM already. If you can forward that email chain to me at jrogers@fxcm.com, I'll follow up with my colleagues who you've been in contact with to work on a solution for you.

Also, if you'd like to learn more about the MT4 platform, please let me know what questions you have. I can even have one of our platform specialists give you a call to walk you through the functionality. If you would like me to arrange such a follow up call, please let me know the best number and time to reach you in the email you send me.

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Hi Gary,

I'm sorry to hear you've been having these difficulties getting online using Sierra Charts with your new FXCM account. I would like to offer my assistance here. You mentioned that there's been quite a bit of correspondence between SC and FXCM already. If you can forward that email chain to me at jrogers@fxcm.com, I'll follow up with my colleagues who you've been in contact with to work on a solution for you.

Also, if you'd like to learn more about the MT4 platform, please let me know what questions you have. I can even have one of our platform specialists give you a call to walk you through the functionality. If you would like me to arrange such a follow up call, please let me know the best number and time to reach you in the email you send me.

Jason

Thanks Jason. Just sent you a long response in the other thread about this. I try to keep this thread clean and tidy.

Or at least tidy.

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I am not going to ever name anyone involved in the mentorship. It is your decision, not mine.

I have received about 15 entries. Have talked with two during live trading. I am going to sort them, make a spreadsheet, etc. This is very real, despite it being very strange. I am going to find someone I think I can help, but it is then going to be a private conversation that goes on over time. I am looking for I don;t know what yet, and if it goes well may keep going down the list.

If you don't make it, it is nothing against you, and nothing bad between us. I am not even sure what is going to be the deciding factor yet, but in typical fashion will let it be known when I know.

I am excited, this will be fun.

I may even choose wrong, and ask for forgiveness later? Who knows.

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Celebrating tonight. BCC email sent to 20 +/- people who have been in my circle of thought. Just finished beer 5. Even copied my accountant and my attorney. LOL!

It will be what it becomes.

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AND, posted on Facebook?

Oh no he din't!

Oh, yes I did.

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"Trading is dangerous, and you are the danger"

Great quote I just read.

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Great quote I just read.

Good one! Where did you read it?

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We got back home late last night. We had gone to see my wife's father who is in poor health and I let this week go by without doing much on the mentoring topic. I did trade from a motel room some, but mostly spent time with family. I am getting back to normal today and will get back to organizing.

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Short Squeeze may be losing his name... He is gaining in size rapidly, character becoming more defined. We have been debating it for weeks, and may have something.

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Week 3 ended stronger. I am done posting numbers. The reason changes. I am not going there unless it has purpose. Otherwise it is not the right thing.

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I am getting a better feel for how a mentorship will work, and it is changing the longer I think about it. To me, it is not as easy as a checklist. It might include some, but those lists do not mean as much when they are still required in writing. There needs to be a "shift".

I mentioned to @Private Banker something that included the word "ricochet", and that word came up again today with my wife after I went over my 3rd official week's performance with her. "Happy" was also in there. "Graduation that you never knew was coming, and did not recognize until later..." was more that just came to mind this afternoon, but not really nailing it.

I wanted to send a letter of thanks to a few people, for things they did but may not have realized, but in no hurry. The words will come when they come. "Urgency" is not real.

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I sat in the DCA airport for the 6th time in about 10 days. Tough trip, little sleep, lots of stress, and a lot happened since I left Orlando. I am finally home tonight, happy to see (in order); 1) my wife, 2) my dog, 3) my trading desk.

The wife and dog are irreplaceable, the desk a non-event in the whole scheme of life. But the latter has become a place of self-discovery more than anything, causing me to question things I thought I knew, believe in things I thought I shouldn't, understand the world in ways I was previously never concerned with, see myself in ways I might never have...

For a guy who is wired as a workoholic, trading teaches a tough lesson. Learning that making money is easier when I do not care is possibly the most foreign, and yet most beneficial, advance for me. Ironically, hard work is required to trade, but unlike other specialties, it does not provide anywhere near the key to success. Engineering a profit is a foolish quest. “Beating” the market is a misnomer. Observing, understanding, listening, waiting, thinking, believing... those sound like the words of a dreamer, an artist, a religious disciple. But not what comes to mind initially with the word “trader”.

Trading shares similarities with religious pursuits. The book of Matthew tells us that faith is what moves mountains. Well, it is also what allows winners to run. Perhaps a trading journey should start with a vow of silence. I picture a room of fresh wannabe traders, dressed in robes, spread out in a large room, as if they were in a Tibetan monastery. Some day hoping to be wise enough to trade. Move that stop and get whacked with a stick...


My meeting this Sunday morning finished early, and I had 3 hours in the DCA airport before boarding time. I went looking for something healthier to eat than I have had all week, and next to the whole wheat figs bars were the magazines. I don't subscribe to anything anymore, years ago received Architectural Digest, Wired, Florida Design, Playboy, Dwell, Inc., Money, Entrepreneur, Travel, etc. But I lost interest in all of them, and I know it is related to my career fall. Today I scan the front covers in groceries and airports, and pass.

But today the magazines seemed to bet arranged to speak directly to me. Reading left to right, the lineup was;

Fortune - “Hostess – Bankrupt...Again”
Money - “How to Reach $1 Million"
ID - “The Secret Files of My Personality – Who Am I?”

I bought #3. If I am going to trade full time, that is the most relevant.

Not what I searched for, there was something else, but I found this instead.

It had to do with monks.

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The words will come when they come. "Urgency" is not real.

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I went through all of the PMs, emails, Skypes, etc related to the mentoring, took all relative correspondence from each trader and made a Word document of it, including photos, etc. This will become your permanent record with me.

I also made a spreadsheet as a summary view, includes contact information, location, markets traded, checked off completed items, special notes, how many live calls we have had together. So far only two have heard from me, so I have a ways to go. There are a total of 13, feels lucky already.

I am thinking about this a lot, as I am in the gym, driving, biking. How does something like this work? You think it is going to be a very mechanical set of rules, and maybe it is, maybe not. But more important after any of that is a state of mind. And if it seems tough to change your own, imagine the challenge of changing someone else's. Turn that table around, and if I don't have complete trust in that person, I am out of there.

Just as there are so many versions of meditation, there are so many ways to look at a market. No one thing will save us, any more than selecting the right club makes that shot in golf. Put the same set of clubs in everyone's hands, put them all on the same course... then what makes the difference?

Now get to the top 3 of those, now what is going to do it? And that is just the futures.io (formerly BMT) version, the world is a big fucking place...

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I called my wife over to look at a photo I took recently. "Don't you love how the blue of the Asian session brings out the blue in his eyes?" She just looked at me...



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Good one! Where did you read it?

It was from a friend.

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Another one of my favorite old posts I read again this morning. Roughly a year and a half ago. Cleaned up a few typos as I read. This was a milestone in my psychology. Not necessarily the turning point, but definitely an important realization that has stayed with me.



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I took my dog to the lake, but there was a block party going on, so we made a lap and returned to the house. Not the best atmosphere for contemplation. I was going to go the the gym, but I can do that anytime. I decided on my mountain bike instead.


I pedaled into a park, just followed the winding paths around the lakes, across bridges, not really paying attention to where I was. The ride had two purposes; to aide my current cleanse, and to seek an answer to the question of the day. Where I went did not really matter, as long as my legs did not wear out.


I wound up coming out on a street I had not seen for years. It is street that I have somewhat avoided. My wife and I had separated years ago, and I was directly in front of the house that she moved into during that time. Not that the outcome was bad, but the memories of that time were not so good. I took a deep breath, realized it did not bother me anymore, smiled and continued down the road.

It ended at a cemetery. I would have normally made a U-turn, but today I rode right through the gate.


What struck me first; This is where we are all going to end up.

Whatever we choose to do with our lives, we will most likely make our final statement on a slab of stone with our names engraved.

Success or failure, does that really even matter? Isn't either one better, than not trying?


The cemetery split into many roads, and taking the first right I saw a big headstone with my last name on it. I slowed and circled for awhile, chuckled at myself for wondering if I was meant to ride that way today.

But since I was riding looking for answers anyway, let's go with it: It's the future, I am dead, and there before me is my grave. I am the only visitor that I can see in all directions. It's a beautiful Sunday afternoon, the rest of the world is out living.

What would I want my epitaph to say? The topic of the day was "fear".

“He was fearful and proud of it”?

No, but “Tenacious no matter what” did not seem like it either. “Managed risk effectively”?

I'm way off base, what does that have to do with the meaning of life?

What if it only listed one-word attributes, what would they be? Conservative, Dangerous, Bold, Reserved, Calculating, Patient?

No.


“Died Happy” is what I decided I wanted, laughed at myself a little and rode on.

“So what does that mean, Gary, and what in the world does it have to do with your trading right now?”, is what I was saying to myself.


I rode all through the cemetery, roads crisscrossing back and forth, set my target as a hilltop so I could really work my legs. Along the way I read the names, some a deep part of Orlando history, others interpreted as a continuation of what I was there to learn.


“Hurt” was one of the names that caught my attention. That is how the fear started. I had no fear to speak of, until I learned that not having it, hurt. In that respect, maybe fear is just one way of learning. You put your hand on a hot stove, it burns, you try not to do that again. But it does not mean we stay afraid of the stove for the rest of our lives. We just learn how to not get hurt. Fear, or maybe it's better called Respect, or even, Wisdom, are mechanisms through which we do that.


I saw “Price”. Oh, now don't try to teach me trading 101. Of course it's price “action”, but price itself does not matter. “Weeks”. Yes, I agree the greater timeframes can provide the best S/R analysis for bigger moves... (I had turned my internal dialog back to something silly, not really comfortable with contemplating my own mortality for very long, I guess.)


I reached the top of the hill and saw a section that was an island between roads, with small headstones that were noticeably more decorated than most of the rest. There was a green marker sign on a metal post “Baby Zone”. I could almost feel some of the pain of their parents' losses. My circling started again, slowly reading names and dates of those who never got the opportunity to even try. I have an opportunity, I should not waste it. Having found myself more emotional than usual lately, I started to tear up some. I pushed over the top of the hill, picked up some speed which helped dry my eyes.


“Back on topic, Gary. It's getting late”.


As hard as I have worked to become a successful trader, what does it matter if I am not happy? “Fear” should not be a part of it. Neither should recklessness, but that is not the trader I am today. If I feel I am ready to take a step forward, I should.

Yes, I made a lot of stupid trading mistakes in the past. So what? I learned from those mistakes, I studied, I practiced, I have done all of the things I can think of to learn not to touch that hot burner again. Once that lesson is learned, what are the chances I will walk up to a stove and just grab the burner to see what it is like?

Virtually, none.

Not today. Not as the trader I have trained myself to be.


I started to feel a sense of being on the right path to what I set out to discover, and bumped my bike into a high gear to really get a workout as I headed home. As the sweat started to roll, I thought of a recent comment about my age and how maybe I should not spend so much time in front of the screens. I joked back at my similarly-aged colleague, “and the same with your chasing pussy, but what else are we going to do?”


I am not ready to die, actually believe I have a long time ahead of me. If I want to be a trader, if that is where my passion is, why even consider not doing it? We get one shot at life, but sometimes many shots at success.


I have skills now, that I have earned, and I spent the time to develop those skills so that I could become a full-time trader, so that I could make some significant money, and have a chance to feel that I could right some of the financial wrongs of my past. That is not a “bad” goal. I might argue there are no “bad” goals, as long as it is what gives you purpose, drive, a sense of pride and accomplishment.


To be “happy”, we must have a purpose, we must feel we are delivering on that purpose. Having goals makes us feel alive. Reaching our goals gives us satisfaction. To me, that is living.


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Another one of my favorite old posts I read again this morning. Roughly a year and a half ago. Cleaned up a few typos as I read. This was a milestone in my psychology. Not necessarily the turning point, but definitely an important realization that has stayed with me.

This was THE One Post that haunted me for many many days after I read it... almost as if you had sealed it with a tag 'Important' and labeled thus so that it found the same amount of importance in a reader across continents and far apart from you.

There were many subtle, grave, spirited teachings in that one single post; and the conveyance was poetic.

You have come a full circle, Gary and journaling starts and ends with you. For to read your journal, for every trader, nay, me, is almost to get into that subtle stream that is undergoing change, seeking direction but not finding it really, and then WHAM!ming it with your impactful post to drive home some point - some solutions rise out of your 'ramblings' to questions that have been haunting me for days, perhaps years!

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I am still lacking email addresses from a lot of people, skype names from three, and quiz answers from more than half.

Chop chop or be chopped.

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I hope I can pull this off later. Some thoughts are hard to hold onto. About "being". But that thought alone means I am done here for now.[B] POST NEEDED[/B]

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Hi Gary,
My Skype name was registered, but inactive, but is now all good: 'greatwest1 ' is online.
Answers to the one question about a chart is: The items highlighted are all indicators:
Fibonacci extension, retracement, moving average line, and a Donchian channel .
What account balance did you suggest one start out with? I remember you said you expected
traders to make a trade when you suggest to trade ' CL ' .
I did not see any other quiz, sorry if I missed it.
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@Greatwest1, congratulations for being the first to stand up and say, Hell yes I am interested and proud of it! I am a Trader!


1 of 13 is known.

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What have I highlighted? There are 5 things.


If you are interested in the Mentorship, this is qualification contest #1. PM or email me your answer.

You have highlighted places on the chart where price had a higher probability of reversing.

The five things are:

1.

The first small oval circles the huge bear bar which was likely climactic exhaustion.

The last possible traders sold, either dumping their losing long position in frustration, or new traders jumped in to short the market in the fear of missing the short move.

Both were holding losing opinions the moment the market printed a bullish bar and an opportunity to go long presented itself to go long when another bullish bar took out the high of the earlier bullish bar, though it was longing into resistance of the previous move.

2.

The second oval is on a squiggly line on the chart.

The squiggly lines mean much less to me rather than what you are trying to pinpoint and hence is invaluable.

Price was clearly in a trading range at this point and the pinbar that followed the huge bear bar which probably had taken out all the stops of those long at the earlier oval, signaled a good opportunity to go long again!

3.

The biggest oval marks distribution - it was a good place to look for short opportunities after two pinbars were printed and then a lower high made price to sell of rapidly. However though the oval was a good place to go short as the earlier bars lows were taken out, the end of the bear bar (last bar inside oval) was NOT a good short because waiting for a retest of the bull trend was the best thing to do at that point - the ABC move completed this requirement and the retest of the high of the range was a good place to go short confidently.

4.

The Fibonacci extension oval - is something I don't like. However it again coincides with the other end of the trading range and is a good price level to take profits on any shorts.

5.

The last oval marks the end of the two legged down move that reached the price level where your profit target should be and would have got you flat.




As a trader I understand that humility, above all, is the rock solid base of all virtues. I have no reason to hide behind PMs when getting mentored so posting this - also it was looking silly without the chart!

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Also, I find it hard to think of the time when I was NOT being mentored by @GaryD (see end of this post).

EKLAVYA

Eklavya sincerely sought the mentorship of Drona for learning the use of weapons and martial art. But Drona discouraged him from this aim and ultimately rejected Eklavya on account of his caste. However, out of respect for Drona, Eklavya embarked upon a program of self-study, using a clay image of Drona as his inspiration. Eventually, Eklavya achieves a level of skill superior to that of Arjun, who was Drona's favorite and most accomplished student (but belonging to the Royal Family of the Pandavas). The Pandavas come across the boy in the forest one day, and Eklavya tells them about himself and his deep regard for Guru Drona. In a shrewd move, Drona demands that Eklavya cut off his right thumb as a gift to his "teacher" (in Indian culture, a teacher's request cannot be denied). This would preclude Eklavya from being as skilled or even better than Arjun. Since Eklavya always trusted and respected Drona as his mentor, he agrees to the demand without hesitation, and sheers off his right thumb with his own weapon.


I probably crawled out of my mess and started my real journey when gary kicked my ass here:




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I probably crawled out of my mess and started my real journey when gary kicked my ass...


Hahahahah


I was not trying to kick ass, but it feels that way sometimes.

Forget about what is on any of our charts for a moment... WHAT IS IN YOUR HEAD MATTERS MORE.


(Takes a bow and exits...)

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Here's the next step, as long as everything else is in and checked off;

Send me a window of time,
per day,
in EST,

when you will guarantee to be on Skype and ready.

When something I consider to be a "significant trade" sets up, I am going to start dialing numbers. Everyone gets two live trade calls,

OR (new rule)

After two misses you lose one live call. 3 strikes, you are OUT.

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Keep in mind, I do not care. I don't get paid for this. I want to see if I can push someone along, more for me than for you.

Now don't get offended... Also keep in mind, WE HAVE NEVER MET.

As traders, we will ALWAYS have the desire to keep going forward. This is where my version of that is.




You could speculate that I am trying to generate traffic...

That I am trying to build a "name" for a future business...


Might as well quit now.




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Pay attention, this is very important.

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Hi Gary,

Initially reading your posts made me think I was reading a Hunter S. Thompson book where he was riding his bicycle twisting and turning through a world composed of charts and introspection. But after reading your posts a couple of times, either I joined you there or I can now relate, don't know which one. Sorry everybody, but I am new to Big Mikes and I am not allowed to post a image yet.
Gary can post the link to screencast that I gave him if he wants to share my answers to his quiz.

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Gary can post the link to screencast that I gave him if he wants to share my answers to his quiz.





Not that type of competition. You will survive, or fail miserably, on your own. Meaning all of you.

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It looks like my post did show a picture, cool. I am allergic to failing miserably.

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 GaryD 
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It looks like my post did show a picture, cool. I am allergic to failing miserably.


Allergies will not stop it from happening.

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Just like my updated profile tonight, I can go on , but won't, too much chatter for me most days.

Gary, I have to be on the road this week.

If you call me on skype, and you wish to kick me off, no problems, completely understand.
I will be off and on internet , but don't know when.
I would rather see you rocket forward in your goals, than hold you back.
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I really look forward to hearing more of your mentoring results.
This is something I've done in the past, but not yet in trading- I call it paying it back by going forward...

Later,
Greg
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CL S 601pm sunday 107.12 60 tick.
key 60min turning point with 15min as well matching
3 impulse moves exhaustion, cdma exhaustion, gap fill target

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 GaryD 
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One more trader, now 3, have completed skype calls. 10 to go.


One question that has come up, what is the purpose of the call?


For you to learn who I am. You will listen to what I am thing about the market, when I enter, exactly, where my stops are as I think my way through, targets, I'll show my P&L for the day, I'll post a video of my screens on your screens...


And to show you that: I MAY NOT TRADE LIKE YOU WANT TO TRADE



Tada!

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I am starting to crack myself up. This is getting fun for me.

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 GaryD 
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I sat here with this open, 1am, watching CL, Pound, Yen, Aussie, Euro.

Thought there was something more to say. But really, there is not.

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