Registered: Jun 2011
05-20-12 05:57 PM
I do my best to avoid trading forums these days, but I can't quite resist when I see a thread title that intruiges me - as this one did. Kudos on the thread so far, I enjoyed reading it from page 1, these last 20 minutes.
The story you've told bears striking similarity to my own. I recently joined a prop firm (although unlike you, I have no prior-prop firm experience), and I too recently moved so that I could be within 10 minutes walk of the trading floor.
In your earlier messages you placed particular emphasis on routine: namely Gym/Diet/Sleep/General Living. Funnily, over the last several days I have been devising very thorough diet plans + inducting myself into the local gym. [To run off on a complete tangent for one moment, I'm pursuing this simple but supposedly effective programme:
I am also impressed/inspired by how introspective you are, with regards to becoming both a better trader & presumably better man. Thanks for referencing a number of books - I will see about reading them in the coming months.
You listed topics of interest that you will be writing on, and I think it was great to include this one:
"Having a balanced life"
Even before I moved house so that I could be closer to the trading floor, my commitment to becoming a successful trader was (and still is) an obstacle to a balanced lifestyle. Now that I have moved, and am at least temporarily isolated socially, I think I more than any other ET member will have to carefully read any thoughts you might have on balanced living, hehe!
One or two friends have jokingly remarked I am in danger of turning in to Patrick Bateman.
Anyway, look forward to reading more of your journal. I hope you stay motivated enough to keep posting.
I had to chuckle to myself when I read this:
"Goal outside of trading in socializing - to take pimping to the next level"
Definitely worth a topic of its own at some point.