The beginning of real success as a trader starts with knowing yourself.

“Know yourself. – You can’t improve on something you don’t understand”.
Vince Lombardi Leadership Rule#1
 
One common trait amongst nearly all successful traders is that they have a very high understanding of who they are and how they operate. As an example, leading traders realise that they are not in control of the market; they tend to view the market almost as a force of nature without a personality, and with no agendas, the only thing they can do is control their own actions, activities and emotions. In other words they understand the way they work, what drives them and their performance, how their mind operates, and their emotions. Not necessarily on a conscious level, but nonetheless they have an understanding of how it all works.  
 
As an analogy considers a competitive yachtsman, he has to take account of the conditions of the sea and the winds; however, it is his own actions and decisions that will deem how successful he is. He can not blame the sea or the wind for failure, he has to put all his efforts in to his sailing, making correct decisions and performing the correct actions. (more…)
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