There is a reason why so few traders succeed. It is not for lack of study or effort or passion. It is not for lack of education or a Bloomberg platform subscription. It is not because only a select few have access to technical “secrets” (a.k.a. indicators). No. So few succeed at trading for the same reason that so few succeed at living an abundant life.
The unsuccessful refuse to think differently when faced with difficulties believing that luck has passed them by. They do not succeed because the want of instant gratification and its fleeting rewards has replaced the need for sustainable, hard fought, earned rewards indicative of a mindset prepared to tackle failure as nothing but a mathematical equation: here is the problem now let’s find the solution.
The mediocre search for easy answers to difficult problems believing that the right answers to their questions are found somewhere “out there”. The successful make difficult decisions where there are no easy answers, questioning whether their perception of what is out there is a distorted reflection of what is inside of them.
The best traders, according to Mark Douglas, think differently than others because they know that what is most important is “how they think about what they do and how they’re thinking when they do it.”