Registered: Nov 2009
12-12-09 07:26 PM
Quote from AFJ Garner:
Intelligent readers of this thread (incredibly, there seem to be few) will have taken your points on board. On occasional recent visits to his multiple sales venues, I note that Trend Following has taken to naming any view that does not coincide with his own 100% bollocks.
Mike is an okay guy and has a good heart, if I read him right. He's just young and full of vinegar - and a little insecure. He has doubts about himself and uses his bluster to cover it. His tendency to debate and argue will not help him, but it could be be years before he mellows enough to let his own gifts speak, and not waste his time slamming others and taking on all comers. That's stuff for rabbit ears! (more on this later).
If a person with such a tendency can resist the urge to react to this - "who's taunting who? You are blah blah blah" etc - if he can just let it pass without comment, even acknowledge that he is human and sometimes makes mistakes just like the rest of us. If he can accept hard words like these with the humility of a Warren Buffett that could be a great start toward the road to respect and longevity, in my opinion And this opinion, incidentally, was not formed until after I had read his two books, links to articles at his website, watching his video BROKE - all useful and valuable for many traders (not to mention entertaining and funll of humor). But after observing the ways he responds to others in this thread and others, I was saddened to see the humor and sense in much that he writes or produces seems to be lacking when he faces any perceived threat or criticism. Maybe he has a way to go as a human being. But don't we all? Mike, just take this pitch, even if it is high and inside and seems like a brush-back, stand your ground in the box, respect the strike zone, keep your focus., and let the next one meet the sweet spot Okay?
My old baseball coach used to talk about players with "rabbit ears." They'd be the ones who suddenly could go charging into the stands if a fan provoked them, get into fights with other players, be involved in one pissing contest after another. Some rabbit-ears become consumed with this, and simply cannot change. The very reverse of what is needed as a trader. Best to never explain, never react, never get into wars. Keep your heart warm and your head cool - not the other way!
I tactfully suggest that there is no point trying to argue with such a person. There is no common ground.
I have encountered such sad examples. After a certain point, they're all in and can't see a way out - they may never be able to change Psychologically these people feel alive only when they get attention, and feel bereft and forlorn when no one is giving them praise or blame. Doesn't really matter which it is, as long as they are not ignored!. Of course some of them, but very few, know exactly what they are doing and why. (See my post with the Gorgeous George link) More power to them, but it's good to know what's behind the taunts and rants and callings-out. Motives can be unconscious, but if they are conscious, and thus manipulative, keep your hand on your wallet!
If the atmosphere gets stirred by such a person into a hurricane with an eye at the center called "This here is All About Me ME ME! Well, I just let that hurricane go its way. After all, life is short, and I have nothing to sell and nothing I need that I don't already have. :-)