Podcast – Episode 153 – The 4 Pillars of Successful Trading

Podcast Transcript

Why don’t most people who try trading succeed at it? You probably heard the numbers 90, 95, somewhere around there percent of people fail at trading, then they give up and they leave and they lose their money, right? So we have at least for me, what am I methods are one of my missions in life is to help people get over that problem.

And we have to make it as simple as possible. But I have noticed that there are four pillars that everybody needs. Four things that you need to be successful. All right, so let’s go ahead and get into it. The thing is that it doesn’t have to be just about trading, you need these four pillars and just about anything in life. And so if you have ever succeeded at something, right?

You have probably already attained these four pillars, or you’ve used them somehow, some way, and you already know what they are. But when it comes to trading, for some reason, we think it’s totally different. Things is, if it gets unique. I don’t especially, I don’t know what it is, but we kind of forget what the pillars are.

So let’s go through them and talk about how they directly relate to trading. Now, there are four pillars, right, these are the four things that you need. Two of them are completely mandatory, meaning without these you will not succeed, there’s no way ever, the other two are not mandatory, but they help a lot. And they speed up the process. And they make it a lot faster, they make it a lot easier, they make it a lot more fun, and they make it a lot more profitable. Okay, so what normally takes people years, without, if you only had the first two, it could take you years and years to be successful at trading, when you have all four, it could be in a lot less time.

Now look, you cannot succeed without the pillars. But even with the pillars, it does not guarantee you will succeed because it’s still trading. And there are still other things that are more related to you, versus the things that everybody can have, if that makes sense. Okay, there are some limitations that every single person has, there might be something that’s stopping you personally from achieving success. But these are the four things that I can say that everybody needs to have in order to succeed. Now look, when you start trading, you start on the ground, right, you’re on the ground floor, you don’t know anything, you don’t know what you don’t know, that’s one thing.

And you want to get on top, you want to get on top of the markets, you want to get on top of your finances, you want to get just achieve, right? And so you need support. You need the four pillars 1234 pillars, again, with two of them, you can get by, right? You might have a gap in the middle, you have one on one side or on the other side, and the gap in the middle will be sagging, kind of, but it can still survive with only one you’re gonna fall off. And there’s no way you’re gonna stand up with three you might get there with four you definitely most likely will.

So what are they? Number one, this strategy? This is pillar number one, this is the strategy. This is where most traders start. This is what they want to know first, like what do I do what to do? This is knowing what to do. And so if you are a passive trader, that means you know, covered call one strategy naked put credit spread, strangles, straddles, iron condors, diagonals, ratios, back spread, there are so many of them, right? There are so many strategies out there. Most traders, they grab the first strategy they see, and they try to make it work. But that is the wrong way to do it. The problem is not all strategies work for all people. Now you can say you know what, I’m going to learn every single strategy. And I’m going to master all of them. And I’m gonna get really good at all of them. Could be, but they’re not just these few strategies. There are lots of other strategies out there as day trading. There’s real estate, there’s crypto, there’s swing trade, there are all kinds of different strategies, and there’s no way you are going to be an expert at all of them.

And no way should you want to be an expert on all of them. Because that’s not how success happens. Success happens when you focus. All right? So for example, buy and hold is a strategy. And it works. If you have 40 to 50 years. It’s true, right? The stock market and the indexes, especially the indexes, they are created in a way that over time they are going to go up. That’s just the way they work. That’s the way they’re created. Because they keep taking out the bad stocks that are holding the index down and they replace them with stocks that are jumping, right? So over time, it’s going to continue to increase but it’s going to take you 40-50 years to actually make any decent amount of money on it and be able to retire probably. If not, if that doesn’t work for you right, 40 to 50 years, then this is not a strategy that will work for you.

If you want to wait, that’s fine, do it, it’s great. You know, success is almost guaranteed. If that’s not a thing, 40-50 years, then you need to find a different strategy. So step one, is you have to find a strategy that works for you. Okay, it has to match your risk appetite. What do you mean by that? Well, some people are more conservative than others. Some people like to go in 100% on one trade, some people like to put in 1% on one trade, right, they just like I’m gonna dip my toe in. So the aggressiveness or the conservative of the strategy has to be tailored to you, depending on how you feel and how you are, if you are very risk adverse, you don’t like gambling, then day trading, not going to work for you, right?

If you are a gambler, or like a big time gambler, and you need excitement, excitement, excitement, passive trading, where you’re doing trades that are very boring, you know, they work but they’re very boring, might not be for you. Right, you might have to shift over to something, even though you might agree with the passive trading philosophy, you might have to shift to something a little bit more frequent. So you have to change the strategy. Account Balance also is a big deal. You know, how much money do you have to play with as your account grows, your strategy can grow or you can add to it, to change your strategy, hedge it, etc. Discipline, how disciplined you are? This is another one. Passive trading works for me because I’m not that disciplined. Right?

And so it works for me, because even if I get the trade wrong, I can still win. Okay, experience. There are some strategies that are for people that have a lot of experience. Iron condor, probably not the first strategy I would recommend for somebody, right? It’s like, hey, why don’t you sell some spreads first, you know, sell, sell one spread, then you can do the condor. Once you understand the basics, that kind of thing, time devoted, how much time do you want to spend on your trading, you wanna sit there all day long? Well, then yeah, more active style is for you, you want to spend a few minutes a day like we do, then a little bit more passive, definitely more passive is going to work for you. What are your goals? How much are you trying to accomplish? Do you want to triple your money every year? Well, then you have to do one strategy. I don’t know if there’s any strategy out there like that, that can continuously do that every single year. But if you are, if that’s your goal, then you have to be a lot more aggressive and that’ll dictate what strategy you choose.

If you’re okay with 20%, you know, 10% 5% a year strategies, definitely totally different. And the time to result? How fast do you want your result? Right? Are you willing to wait several years, then your strategy can be different. If you want it right away, strategy is going to be definitely different. So these are the different things that have to mesh your strategy has to mesh with you because if it doesn’t, then it’s going to cause internal problems. It’s going to cause psychological issues with you, and you’re going to make mistakes, you’re not going to follow the plan, you’re not going to do it properly, you’re not going to follow the strategy properly, and it’s going to lead to losses. All of this stuff has to match. Step number two, you have to verify and be sure the strategy actually works. What? Really? It has to work? Yes, it has to work. And not all strategies work. No, not all strategies work. I’m sorry to tell you that. Right? You have to do some research. Like how many people are doing it? Are they having success? How long has it been around? If it’s a strategy that just popped up two months ago? I ya know, sorry? No, no way. I want a strategy. If I want to do something, I want a strategy that has at least two years worth of real money results. And people have approached me and they said, You know, I want to trade for a hedge fund, I have a great strategy is working really awesome. I’m like, Okay, how long have you been doing it? And then they go quiet. Well, I back tested it. No, that’s not that’s not real money. That’s not real trading. You know, and then there was another guy that I had been doing for six months, and I’ve had all these wins. I’m like, That’s great. When you get to two years, give me a call. After you’ve been trading for two years plus with real money, then I’ll talk to you about maybe investing my money with you, or letting you trade for our fund. Not until that. Okay? Is the strategy very simple? Or is it complicated? The more complicated it is, the more room for error, the more experience you’re going to need, the more time it’s going to take to make sure everything is I’s dotted T’s crossed. Right. Where did you hear about this strategy? Did you hear it about at some random post on some crazy website?

Or was it actually like a legit trader, right? Who did you hear from? Who’s the source of this strategy? Somebody that you know is actually making money from it? Right? Or, again, some random stranger on a Facebook post or something? Do they have any proof of this strategy? Does it work?

These are all the things you have to look into and verify and make sure. Now the strategies that we’ve been teaching are passive trading. The only way we teach them is if we’ve done them ourselves with real money for a long period of time, right? There are lots of strategies and new strategies are introduced every day. I mean, they’re the same, but they’re little tweaks and they come up with different names and blah, blah, blah, well, if we haven’t done them for ourselves with real money and tested them in different markets, we don’t teach them. That’s it. It is like, Hey, I’m not going to experiment with you, I’m going to experiment with my own money. And then I’ll tell you what works. That’s my job, right? That’s why I’m here to tell you what works, what doesn’t work, there are more than a million ways to trade, you only need one, you only need one strategy as long as it works. And it has to work for you. Right, this is where most traders mess up, they choose a strategy that is too difficult for them, or does not match their personality. And then they never master it. So they might have wins, but then they give up losses, and they have a big loss. They might do well for a little bit, but then the market changes. They don’t understand why, what happened. But eventually they give up and they quit. So that’s it. That’s number one. pillar number two, is what I call the trading plan. This is the how to implement the what the strategy, right, this is how you do the trade. So let’s say you decided, hey, I’m going to do covered calls. That’s great. That’s a strategy. You know, it works. You know, lots of people are doing it. I mean, here, you know, Warren Buffett says he’s been doing it with billions of dollars. Okay, that’s pretty good. I think that’s, that’s proof that it works. But we don’t know how he does it. Right? That’s the trading plan. How does he do the covered call? Does he sell at the money options? Does he sell out of the money options? Does he sell in the money options? Does he do weeklies, does he do 30 days expiration? Do they do a 180 days expiration? Does he look for 2% a month, 5% a month? I don’t know, that’s all part of the trading plan.

That’s what you have to find or come up with and test. So a good plan will incorporate all of these steps. This is how we identify what we’re going to trade the underlying security. This is how we’re going to know that it’s a good time to place the trade, right? Like our setup, this is the actual trade that we’re going to place the strategy. If it’s a covered call, then which options are we going to trade on that strategy? What timeframe? What is our return our goal, all of this stuff, these are the steps one by one by one, you have to do this, okay, first you do this, then you do this, then you do this. That’s all part of the plan. Now, also, as part of the plan is the timing. When do you get into the trade? When do you get out of the trade? What are you looking for? What do you’re not looking for risk management? What happens if the trade goes bad? What happens if the market changes? You have to know in advance this should and has to be part of your plan? You cannot go into a trade without knowing what you’re going to do if it goes bad. And it can’t be well figured out? No, you got to know in advance. Otherwise, it’s not a good plan. Your asset allocation? How much money do I put into every trade? That’s a very big component of it. Right? It’s part of being safe. And your goals? What is your ROI? You have to know how much money can I make on this trade? Is it good enough? Is it going to help me get to my goals? Does it have to be perfect? In order for me to get to my goal, then that’s not a good enough ROI, right?

Or is it too much? What are you aiming for? So there are millions of trading plans out there. Most of them suck. And if they did not suck, then there would be everybody was making money, right? a trading plan must be complete. And it must be time tested with real money. It should be working in up markets down markets, sideways markets, high volatility markets, low volatility markets, bear markets, bull markets, all of the above everything and anything. I want plans that have stood the test of time. Right? Maybe they don’t work in a crazy scenario, like a great recession that we had in 2008 2009 maybe doesn’t work then fine, put on the sideline for a little bit. But most of the time, 90% of the time I want this thing to work otherwise I can’t rely on it. Because I can’t guess if it’s gonna work or not. I wanted to be able to work right?

Most of the strategies that we trade they just work that’s it. Because they are set up to work in all the different markets. Now most strategies are tailored for bull markets. That’s most of them are like that. You know the even the covered call the naked put these are bullish strategies.

So when the market is going up, they make money and everybody’s a genius. Anybody can make money in a bull market. All right. And most plans work in bull markets, right. But they gave back all of it back when the market shifts. So if the market changes, this bull market, you know, plan is not going to work anymore. Now I look for plans that have worked for at least 10 years. I want to I want a 10 year plan. I know I told those guys two years, but I want at least a 10 year, if I’m going to be trading it consistently, I want a 10 year plan. And I want to know it with real money, no back testing. Okay, that’s what I’m looking for. Now, when the market shifts, it happens at a time that most play market traders at home traders, they don’t even realize they don’t know. It’s like, oh, the market shifted, market changed. Okay, what do I do now? What do they do, they keep doing the same strategy. So when there was a bull market, they were doing this strategy, and they were putting on trades, and it was working, he knows where he is where he’s working. So now they’re like, I don’t know, they’re addicted. They’re in habitual, whatever it is. But then the market shifts, and they don’t anything to do, they don’t know what to do. So they keep doing the same thing. Even though it’s not working, even though they lose money, or lose money again, and again and again. And they’re like, oh, man, this trading thing doesn’t work. Yeah, because you’re using the wrong plan in the wrong market. Okay, so they just run out of money and quit. That’s it. Sorry. Remember, a good plan works in a bull market, or a bear market. That’s a good plan, you know, a great plan works in all markets. And if you have a great plan, then you only need one plan, because they’re gonna work in all the markets. There might be some times from time to time that you’re like, hey, you know what, yeah, this thing is getting a little bit crazy for me, I’m gonna take, I’m gonna step to the sidelines. You know, that’s, that’s how you also save a lot of money.

That’s all how you stay in the game. By not taking excess risk, the market gets too crazy, you get on the sidelines, that should be part of your plan to when to be trading, when not to be trading, that has to be part of your plan. Okay, so once you have a great plan, you match that with a strategy that you enjoy. And you can be successful, right? It’s not that hard. But how long will it take to choose a strategy, find a plan and then test the plan with real money. It normally takes years and years and years. And that’s why pillars three and four are essential. Okay? Because remember, you got to have one, and you got to have two, you got to have a strategy, you got to have a plan that works

With that alone, you can go and be a good trader.

But if you have pillars, three and four, it just almost cuts that time in into a fraction of what it would normally take, which is usually. Okay, so let’s go to pillar three. Pillar three is the guide, or the coach, the guide is the is essential to your journey, your trading journey. If you look at any of your favorite movies, what happened in your movies? Well, they had a hero or heroine, and they had a problem. And then they had a guide, or a teacher. Right? It was a guide character, a mentor, whose role it was to help the hero or the heroine. Make sense? Right? Think about it. You can have Luke, you can have Frodo you can have Rambo, Neo Batman, Lightning McQueen. You know, even the cartoons, they need coaches. Right? They need mentors. Okay, so think back to when you were younger on a sports team? Or if you didn’t play sports when you were younger. Think about any sports team for little kids. Okay?

Did they ever just like, Hey, kids come together? Here’s the ball, go figure it out. No, every team has a coach. Hopefully the coach knows what they’re doing. They know the rules they’ve played before they played currently. And the better. The more excited the coaches. The more interested the more into it the coach is, the better the team does, right?

Yet when it comes to trading. We all think we can do it on our own. Ah, yeah. All right. I’m just gonna open an account. Put some money in it. Press these buttons. I’m gonna be a billionaire. Yeah, I love the idea. I will hear that. Oh, easy, but it’s not. Right. Now. Look, if you go to Wall Street, and you get a job, any firm any trading firm out there, right? Are they gonna like oh, hey, welcome first day. Yeah, yeah, okay, you’re gonna have a lot of fun today. Here. Here’s a bunch of money. Go figure it out.

No, right. I got a good look for it. Make some money. Come back to us. Let me know how you do. No, they’re not gonna do that. You know, they’re gonna teach you. They’re gonna assign you a mentor who is then responsible for you if you screw up it is on his head. Right? He’s responsible, he’s gonna make sure he’s watching you like a hawk, make sure you don’t lose the firm’s money. And he’s gonna teach you what to do and what not to do. And guess what, he’s got a mentor. And then they got a mentor, and they got a mentor, and he goes all the way up the line. There’s nobody on Wall Street that does not have somebody on top of them, coaching them and mentoring them. So why do at home traders, retail traders? What do they think they can skip this pillar? It’s perplexed me for the longest time. I mean, I was there, right in that shoes. And I think maybe it’s just because it’s more sexy. You know, it sounds better. That Hey, I did it on my own. I didn’t need anybody. Right?

We go into trading for mainly the same reason. We want to make more money. Right? That’s where you go to trading. And what are you gonna do with the money? The most common thing I get is I want more freedom. I don’t want anybody telling me what to do. I won’t be able to do what I want when I want. And we talked about the three freedoms. Right? That’s great.

So that is counterintuitive to what it takes to be successful. Because yes, you don’t want anybody tells you what to do. But you need somebody to tell you what to do. Because otherwise you don’t know what to do. And then you lose the money. Does that make sense? So it’s like, we want one thing, but we actually need the opposite. So we have to put our ego on the side, and take the sexy part out of it would be like, You know what? I’m gonna be okay. If I don’t do it on my own, you know, because when you go to the bank, and you deposit money, they don’t ask you like, Oh, hey, did you make this money on your own? Was it really hard to make this money? Did you blood, sweat, and tears suffering to make this money, if you do this, awesome, we’ll take it, we’ll deposit the money. But if you made it easy, like if you had a guide, and that guide, told you what to do, and you just did it, well, we’re not gonna take your money, because your money is not good. Are they  banks are gonna do that, no banks are not gonna do that. No way, no bank will be doing that the bank don’t care, right, you got to buy a car, they don’t care how you got the money, they just want the money.

So the easy path is to get the mentor to tell you what to do. And then when you make enough money, and you learn the skill, you don’t need that mentor anymore than you don’t need him. And then he can’t tell you what to do anymore, you fire him, right? Or you find another mentor. That’s how it works, you move to the next level, and you find somebody at the next level to give you more mentoring, the mentoring never stops, to be honest, never stops. Okay? If you want to do it yourself, you might be able to, eventually, after many, many years of trial and error, and many, many 1000s and losses. It’s true. I mean, I understand, because I skipped most of this pillar when I was starting out.

And I mean, it took me over 10 years, 10 years, to get to the point where I can get to my I can get my students, I can get to them in one year. So what it took me to learn in 10 years, I can get my students to that same point in one year or less. Because I’ve been through the potholes and the potholes. And I know the mistakes and I know what they’re thinking, I know what they’re doing certain things, right. And I can tell them, hey, don’t do that. Or hey, watch out for that. A check this out. Right? And if they listen, then yes, they will get there much, much, much, much faster. But then when I was starting out, I thought that I didn’t have the money. I can’t afford a mentor, man, these coaches are expensive. I don’t have the money for that. I lost a lot more mistakes, than it would have cost me to have 10 mentors. I gotta hire lots of mentors, with the money that I lost. Okay, so a, you know, I’m your mentor right here.

You’re listening to this, I’m coaching you, I’m coaching you on this, find somebody that knows what they’re doing. Find somebody that’s doing what you want to be doing, having the success you want to have, and learn from them. Alright, that is pillar number three. Time goes by too fast. Right? We think oh, man, I’m still young. I don’t have to retire for another five years, or they’re retired on the 10 years. Oh, I got money. I got fine. I got time. You do? You do? You probably have time. And like if you listen to any my other episodes, you can probably say that you know what? We’re gonna live longer and longer longer. So you have plenty of time, maybe. But still goes by too fast. He goes, we don’t know. I mean, you’d be gone in a blink of an eye. But even if you have all the time in the world, wouldn’t you rather have the rewards now? Then five years from now? 10 years from now? Right? Wouldn’t you want to have the life you desire now? And if you have to listen to somebody, heaven forbid, the guy knows what he’s talking about. You listen, and you get the results now and you don’t make all the mistakes. It makes sense. I hope so. So save your time, save yourself the agony, get yourself a mentor, there is no glory in figuring out on your own.

All right, let’s go to pillar number four, the community. So I recently attended a fund managers conference, where Jim Rogers was one of the speakers. Now, Jim Rogers is a co founder of a quantum fund. That’s what it’s called. And he’s made several billions of dollars over the years. So he made billions and then he quit. And he went and traveled around the world did all these things, investing on his own money. And while he was speaking, he was telling us, you know, I think this is going to happen. The mark indicates I’m investing here, I’m missing here. But he made like a off the cuff remark, like a really, you know, just like a throwaway thing. He said that when he started, and he was talking about how old he is. But he said, when we when he started the quantum fund with George Soros, there were only four or five hedge funds at the time in New York.

Right? I mean, the hedge fund was still a new concept, and there were only a few of them, and that they would all be able to go out to dinner. He’s like, Oh, yeah, all those fit in one dining room. And he just started, how about some news? Did you catch what he just said, all the hedge fund managers, the guys that will be competing with each other, the guys that are trying to get better returns than each other up each other, get the, you know, they want to get the all the investor money for themselves. They would hang out at night, and go to dinner, and talk shop, they would share their ideas, and they will share their trait. If you read some of the books that these guys have written other hedge fund managers or mutual mutual fund managers, you can see that they actually do this. In New York, they get together, they share ideas, they talk to each other. Right. And if you think about it, go back to any book on Wall Street. Any book that you might have or read in the past, if it’s about Wall Street and how it works. You’ll see a similar vein.

So there’s the book, The Big Short, anything from that that’s a more recent one, right? All the way to go back in time. One of my favorites is reminiscence of a stock operator by Jesse Livermore. He was one of the greatest traders day traders. plungers is what he called it of all time. And they all do the same thing. They would get together, they would talk to each other, they would share ideas. And whenever they need information, they just call up their friend at another firm. Right? They all work together. Because these guys they go from company to company to company anyway, so they make friends with each other, or they’ve gone to school with each other. So they know each other. Right? Oh, hey, hey, did you see the stocks going up? What’s going on? Oh, I heard this and this and this crazy. Oh, man. Okay. Hey, if you hear anything else, let me know. Okay, cool. So then they gotta tell somebody, Hey, I just heard this news. Oh, yeah. No, no, that’s not happening. This is happening. Oh, really? Okay, cool. I’ll call you back. And he goes, Hey, this isn’t happening. That’s how they make money. They share the information. Now, is this legal? I don’t know. As long as it’s not insider information. It’s perfectly legal, right?

They also hire people, and computers and whatever, to see what each other are doing. So if there are some firms that are like totally quiet, quiet, they want to other other firms want to know what they’re doing. So they hire like, a way to spy on each other. And then they get their information, and then they do it that way. So at a at a hedge fund, and I learned this when I started my hedge fund, the broker that you use is a it’s called a prime broker. Okay. One of the benefits of having a top prime broker is that the broker is connected. And they know everything that’s going on. And they can tell you this, they can tell you what’s going on. You just call them up, say, Hey, what is unique about this, you’re gonna think about this. I want to get into this, who do I talk to? The broker will tell you if you give them enough business, right?

So if you want to learn more about this, you can watch. There’s a there’s a show called billions, actually called billions. The first couple of seasons were about the hedge fund, and it got into all different kinds of crazy drama and stuff. But I was watching it for that, like how do they run the hedge fund? What’s going on? How do they deal with each other? I don’t know how realistic it is. But it was cool to learn and see. Right? So then, let me ask you, if these hedge fund guys, these big traders, billionaires are talking to each other, like they go to Davos every year, you know, and that’s just one conference that these big investors go to. And what do they do? They talk to each other. They share their biggest ideas. They’re like, look, this is what I’m investing in. This is what I think is gonna happen. This is what I think is gonna happen. They share their ideas with each other. Now you and I, we’re not going to get invited to Davos anytime soon. Right? So we have to wait for like CNBC or Fox News to go there and cover it. And we might get like a little tidbit on this. And now we’re not gonna get the real juicy stuff, because we’re not big enough to be in the room. So if these big mega whales share and talk to each other, and don’t worry about the competition so much, why are you trying to do it yourself? I don’t know, why, why you shouldn’t do it yourself. That’s what you got to answer. Who is out there that you can bounce your ideas off of, right? Who do you know that is better at trading than you are, will take your calls and work with you, or give you advice. Or even if they’re not better than you they’re least as good as you are, they know what you’re doing. And you guys have a understanding that you know what each other is doing. And you can help each other? Do you have a community of like minded traders that have similar goals, trading in a similar way? Because that is pillar number four, this is a shortcut.

Not only that, but it makes it a lot more fun. Because without a community trading is very, very, very, very, very lonely. And you’re going to miss stuff, you’re going to miss a lot of things. You cannot watch all the news, you cannot watch all the attention, you cannot pay attention to everything. So if you have a team, you succeed, right. But it can’t be just any community, it can’t just be any team of people, they have to know what they are doing. So you can’t just go to some random group on Facebook, or Reddit, or discord, or whatever. Right. That is why the best communities of traders are very hard to find. And they’re very hard to join. Because they want to keep out people. Right? They have enough people that want to join, they have to keep out people. That’s the main goal. Now, thanks to the communities in our coaching programs that we have. So our coaching programs, we create a community for each one. My students keep me on my toes. Seriously, I am constantly learning new things from them. Even though I’ve been doing this for close to 20 years, they still point out new things.

And they go hey, did you check this out? There’s a new update on the software. And you can do this and this. Oh, wow. That’s really cool. Oh, hey, did you know this was introduced? Oh, that’s really cool. Because, you know, I’ve been doing stuff my way. And I’ve been, I’m gonna keep doing it my way until I find a better way. And so when they see something, they’re like, Oh, hey, we could do this. We could do this. I was like, Oh, wow, let’s take a look. Right. For the longest time, we’ve been trading oil options. And just recently, they introduced micro options on oil. Now a couple of years ago, they came out with weekly options on oil. I was like, yeah, no, I don’t know, you know, and my students were the ones that introduced that, like, “Hey, can we take a look at it?”, there wasn’t enough volume, and the weekly eventually went away.

But now there are micros. And so we are learning how to do those, and how to use those and how different they are. And we find out that yeah, you know what, we can use these, we can definitely use these. Right, our communities, our trading communities, and the ones that we set up for our coaching programs. They give us a safe space, to ask questions without getting ridiculed. And to give feedback to other people without people think oh, he’s a know it all, you know, the things you notice everything Oh, he’s a dork. No, we help each other. That’s the point. And we root for one another, right? Because we want all of us to succeed. One person posts a trade, other people might do the same. We all want to succeed, right? We all rowing in the same direction.

And that’s what makes a good community. So then here are again, the four pillars, just to recap, that you should have to learn trading as soon as possible. Number one, you got to have a strategy that works and fits your individual style of trading. What works for you might not work for the next you. So you might be in the same community or neighborhood or meet up. But he might be doing something totally different from you.

So you really cannot learn that much from him. Right? Number two, a battle tested trading plan that you will follow is not gonna do any good. If you don’t follow it. If it doesn’t match you, right doesn’t match your goals doesn’t match your time doesn’t match your aggressiveness. All the things that we talked about earlier. If he doesn’t match you, you ain’t gonna do it. And you might be Oh, I don’t have discipline. No. I mean, that might be true. But most likely, it’s because it doesn’t match. Right? It’s a lot easier to follow something if you enjoy it. And it makes sense to you. And it doesn’t make you all freaked out. Number three, a mentor or a coach that can help you avoid mistakes and shortcut the learning curve. What could take years can be done within months.

And that’s what I’ve seen happen over and over and over again with different students. And we’ve built our programs our way it’s like hey, If you just you know, I know what strategy works, I’ll give you my trading plan, I will be your coach and your mentor. And I will give you a community. And that’s how we set up our coaching programs, we give them all four pillars, you get this, you get this, you get this, you get this, we do it all together. And so in a matter of months, bam, you know exactly what to do, how to do it. And you know how to do it and handle in different situations, and you become consistent very quickly. That’s what these four pillars do.

And lastly, the fourth pillar is a community of like-minded, caring, similarly trained traders. Right? So if you have a community of four people, one guy’s a day trader, one guy is trading, crypto, one guy is trading Forex, and the other guy’s trading options. There are some things you guys can talk about. But when it comes down to your strategy, you’re not really gonna be able to up to there. That’s just the way it is. So you need like-minded, caring, because you have to care about you, and you have to care about them. Similarly trained. So you guys know the same strategy, you know, that if you make a mistake, they’ll be able to point it out to you and say, Hey, you didn’t do that part. You didn’t do that step. Oh, that’s what I’ve been messing up on. Yep. could be as simple as that. So those are the four pillars. I hope this was been helpful. If you need help with any of them, you can reach out to us and trade with the odds in your favor. Take care.



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