Forex Trading Groups


I often get asked by people who want to decide if they must take my course(s) what my students' success rate is. Now - that is actually not a very fair question - as you will hopefully see later in the e-mail. Why? Because success depends mostly on the character of the trader more than anything else - and not so much on my training or the system I teach. Remember even in the course I said that of the four critical factors required to become a successful trader, by far the most critical is emotions/mind? Now unfortunately I do not have much control over that in my traders. You can teach the same system to two different traders - the one becomes successful and the other one fails.

One can actually divide new Forex traders in three groups.

1. The first group can be called "The Rainbow Chasers". They are the ones who want to become rich quickly and with as little effort as possible. As soon as they discover that Forex trading takes a lot of effort and time they just drop that idea and look for another. I also call them the "hit and run" squad. Now here - then gone forever! For them Forex trading is too much work and too complex - too much hard work to achieve success. Then they just move on and look for another easier and get-rich-quick method. Another professional trader summed it up as follows:

"I have noticed a pattern among people around the world, regardless of country, race, or culture; they become what I call rainbow chasers. Every few months they come up with a  get-rich-quick plan, but these endeavors are doomed to fail, and then comes the inevitable blaming. Very seldom do those people accept responsibility for their outcome and look inside
themselves to discover why they have failed. They go from one business opportunity to another, never achieving their end result, and are clearly locked into self-destructive habits. They repeat their bad habits, continue to chase rainbows, and fail at just about everything they do."

2. The second group is called "The Seekers". They are the ones who are always looking for something better. A system with higher win rate, different indicators, more profit per trade, fewer losses, ... whatever! They are the ones who keep on searching for the "Holy Grail" AND NEVER FIND IT! They never settle down with one system and put in the effort to become an expert in it. Putting in months and months of work with the same system to learn the intricasies of how to really become a successful Forex trader. You see it is your experience, trading style and approach that has more influence on your success than the actual system - no matter how good it is. Here is a quote from another professional trader and mentor:

"Successful Forex traders know the main part of their trading business is the development of their trading skills, not continually looking for the ‘Holy Grail’. When you have a set of trading rules that suit you and you are happy with what you have, you need only improve your skills to implement them, this will take much of the stress and anxiety out of trading and it will become enjoyable. That’s right, trading can become enjoyable once you have faith in your rules and your method.

Once you have a strategy that works for you don’t keep messing around with it, try to remain very consistent and subject yourself to the trading opportunities it identifies. I have read in so many articles out there on the web that you should keep searching for a different method or system to improve your trading, and I respond to that by saying, ‘ this is complete rubbish’ … rather, I strongly suggest trying to stick with what you have and see it through, you need to give things a chance to work and prove themselves."

3. The third group I will call "The Professionals". They are similar to doctors, lawyers, engineers, etc. that have put in the effort and money to reach their goal and now they enjoy the fruits of their labour. They accepted that for a part time trader it could sometimes take years of practice and experience to become truly successful Forex trader. They ground at the stone and never gave up - even when it looked as if they will never become successful. As in my course notes: "they knew the pot of gold was there, and if they dig hard and long enough they will eventually find it and enjoy the rewards. And the rewards are immense! A lifestyle others can only dream about! And in the process they grew as people and they built stronger characters.

"... it is learning how to overcome the battle that takes place in your mind. Believe it or not, our daily destructive habits hold us back from achieving what is rightfully ours in this life. Learning to become a successful currency trader is a dream highly sought after by countless people around the world. I am here to tell you that it is a worthy and attainable dream."

So people - hang in there! Remember the 5 psychological stages you have to go through. Those who persist WILL become successful and achieve their dreams of a life of freedom from all constraints where you can focus on the things that really count!

Let me end with well a known story - but so meaningful and beautiful that I love to repeat it!

"One evening, a very wise, old Indian chief was speaking with his grand-son
about life, telling him about the internal battle that goes on inside all people.
He said, “My son, inside all of us there exists a constant battle between
two wolves. One wolf is very evil. It forces you to deal with anger, envy,
jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment,
inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and a self-centered, destructive ego.
The other wolf is good. It helps you to experience joy, peace, love,
hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth,
compassion, faith, self-respect, and to develop a giving, constructive ego.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather,
“Which wolf wins?”
The wise, old Indian chief replied, “My son, the one you feed.”

So do not feed the wolf of doubt, despondency, impatience, ill discipline, fear, greed, etc. but feed the wolf of positive thinking, commitment, perseverance, hope, faith, etc. and that wolf will win!


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