An Hour With Arnold Palmer

“It is deceptively simple, endlessly complicated, a child can play it well, and a grown man can never master it. Any single round of it is full of unexpected triumphs and perfect shots that end in disaster. It is almost a science, yet it is a puzzle without an answer. It is gratifying and tantalizing, precise and unpredictable. It requires complete concentration and total relaxation. It satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time, rewarding and maddening and it is without doubt, the greatest game mankind has ever invented.” – Arnold Palmer

What a wonderful quote about the game of golf. Although to a lesser extent, the same things can be said about trading as anyone who trades every day in the trenches will tell you.

I was reminded about this perspective this weekend when watching an hour interview Charlie Rose recently conducted with Mr. Palmer. Many people don’t know this, but it was an biography of Arnold Palmer that I read as a child which originally sparked my interest in taking up the game. So, all of these years of both frustration and incredible enjoyment, I owe directly to Mr. Palmer.

Now in the twilight of his years, I found this recent interview really enjoyable particularly after the 30 minute mark. If you have an opportunity to watch this, I thinkhis advice about developing a system is so very important especially for new traders and investors as well as what the discussion after that about what it takes to win. Much like the quote above, the perspectives are priceless. Even if you don’t play golf or even hate the game, don’t miss this interview!

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The Trading Beast

The markets are no place to be unsure of yourself and wishy-washy, it is not a place for 2nd guesses, wishing, hoping, or gambling.  If you want to win in this jungle you need to be an unstoppable beast .

 Complete confidence in your system and method. You do not jump around in your trading or doubt yourself, it is not about you, it is the system.  Either it wins long term or it doesn’t. Either you have confidence in it or you don’t, make up your mind.

  1. You control risk. You do not expose yourself to being ruined because your bet size is consistently what you are comfortable with. Ten losses in a row is only a small draw down. If you are not afraid of ten losses in a row, what is stressful? NOTHING.
  2. You play follow the leader. You are not the lone wolf, you are going with the market not trying to predict it. Your entries and exits are based on historical patterns not your personal opinions, you are not trying to beat the market you are trying to be on its side, it always wins.
  3. You will not quit.Your exit strategy for your trading career? Never. You plan to never quit playing the greatest game on earth. You are a trader, that is what you do. Not quitting in most areas of life means that you eventually win big, the market is no different.
  4. You don’t need a guru. Your winning system is your guru. You don’t need to ask for a fish, you know how to fish. You only listen if you can learn how to catch more and bigger fish and somebody is a better fisherman than you.

The markets eat up lambs, chickens, pigs, and sloths. However beasts eat well off their prey.

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