It’s really easy in this business to start watching youtube videos of successful traders banging out profits and think you just aren’t going to end up like that.
The truth in life is people are rewarded in public for what they practice in private. Now this isn’t even counting the entire section of YouTube videos that are simply straight up fraudulent. There’s plenty of “gurus” who record every day and only show the monster days or who trade both directions with 2 accounts so that they can record the big win they made on the account that worked. To those types of videos, you just have to accept that life is full of tricksters in every walk and trading is no different.
What I’m talking about is the legitimate successful traders out there. Whether they are teaching others, showing proof to get you in, or maybe you’re just reading about them online. These types of traders that have success when you don’t can make you feel like giving up.
It makes sense to look to these traders for help, but sometimes, especially after a really rough day, you might think it’s just not meant to be for someone like you and you want to quit. You simply think you can’t reach that mountain top.
If you ever find yourself thinking like that, remember this.
You need to stop comparing your chapter 2 to someone else’s chapter 20.
You don’t know the struggles they took to get there. You don’t know the sacrifices they made. You don’t know how many times they were having the thoughts you are now, and yet they found a way past it.
Trading isn’t for everyone. It very well may be that you should be calling it, but calling it because you’ve put in the work and decided there’s something better or different out there for you instead. That is a legitimate reason to move on. Looking at your results today, this week, this month, this year and saying it’s not even close to them so it must not meant to be is simply not allowed.
Look to others for guidance, for help, for teaching, but never look to others as a reason for why you should throw in the towel. You might not be where you want to be, but who is?
Keep trying, and get that chapter 2 to a 3 and then a 4 and eventually a 20. When it’s a 20 you can compare, but not until then.