It would appear that the character traits necessary for success in trading make traders better friends, better lovers, and better people than non-traders. Character traits necessary for traders to succeed: #1 Humility: You must be humble enough to admit you are wrong and cut your losses. Humility makes you less stubborn and more able to consider what your wife or friends have to say. #2 Respect: Traders respect the market and other traders: they don't expect to profit without an edge and money management skills. Traders realize they are competing against the biggest and baddest players. When you respect others, you are less likely to be arrogant because arrogance arises from feeling superior to others. #3 Introspection: Traders are more in touch with their emotions, biases, cognitive errors because they can adversely effect their trading. You are less likely to get into arguments because introspection causes you to first look inward and see if you are to blame. #4 Patience: Traders have developed a strategy to profit off of certain situations. Traders have learned to be patient with the market and only enter trades when the proper setups appear. Patience makes you more forgiving as you give others a chance to change #5 Responsible: Traders have no choice but to take full responsibility for their results. Sorry, the P&L doesn't lie. Self explanatory: being responsible helps you manage finances, set aside time for kids, and honor family obligations But people in a corporate setting who possess the above 'virtues' are not rewarded for them and thus those traits are not reinforced #1 Humility: Why admit to your boss you screwed up? Find an excuse or better yet use a colleague as a scapegoat #2 Respect: Do you have any reason to respect you boss? He takes all the upside by taking credit for what you do, and gives you all the downside when you screw up. You quickly learn not to respect the boss, but merely to appear like you respect him, in order to get promoted. #3 Introspection: Not applicable. Your boss just wants you to be a drone and do the job the way he prescribed. He couldn't care less about how you feel or your thought processes. #4 Patience: Not applicable. As a worker since when do you have the option to only take on projects you feel best fit you? And don't even think about waiting for the right project, your boss sets the deadlines and your schedule. #5 Responsible: As a worker, your goal is to minimize your responsibilities while maximizing the credit you claim for yourself. After all, your salary is fixed and independent from the amount of responsibility you take on. I know that generalizations are always faulty. But is there some truth to this?