24 Inspirational Quotes For Traders

24 Inspirational Quotes For Traders

No one ever said being a trader was going to be easy. Well, okay. Maybe the scammers…

But, whether you’re in the early stages, or barely breaking-even, there will be times when you will ask yourself if this whole trading thing is even worth it.

Instead of giving up and throwing in the proverbial white towel, here are 28 inspirational/motivational quotes, some from trading legends, some not, and I hope they’ll help you stay focused on the path to successful trading.



  1. I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game’s winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that’s why I succeed. – Michael Jordan, NBA Hall of Famer.


  1. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. – Chinese proverb.


  1. When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. – Henry Ford


  1. Throughout my financial career, I have continually witnessed examples of other people that I have known being ruined by a failure to respect risk. If you don’t take a hard look at risk, it will take you. – Larry Hite


  1. Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover. – Mark Twain


  1. It takes 20 years to build a reputation and 5 minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently. – Warren Buffett


  1. Letting losses run is the most serious mistake made by most investors. – William O’Neil


  1. Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will. – Zig Ziglar


  1. A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein


  1. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. – Walt Disney


  1. That cotton trade was almost the deal breaker for me. It was at that point that I said, ‘Mr. Stupid, why risk everything on one trade? Why not make your life a pursuit of happiness rather than pain?’ – Paul Tudor Jones


  1. Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. – Dr. Napoleon Hill


  1. Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again. – Richard Branson


  1. It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. – Confucius

  1. The goal of a successful trader is to make the best trades. Money is secondary. – Alexander Elder

  1. You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try. – Beverly Sills

  1. In investing, what is comfortable is rarely profitable. – Robert Arnott


  1. I hate how many people think, “glass-half-empty” when their glass is really four-fifths full. I’m grateful when I have one drop in the glass because I know exactly what to do with it. – Gary Vaynerchuk

  1. It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up. – Babe Ruth


  1. For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Conditions are never perfect. “Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it “eventually,” just do it and correct course along the way. – Timothy Ferriss


  1. Fail often so you can succeed sooner. – Tom Kelley


  1. The elements of good trading are (1) cutting losses, (2) cutting losses, and (3) cutting losses. If you can follow these three rules, you may have a chance. – Ed Seykota


  1. Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success. – Biz Stone


  1. Success is how high you bounce after you hit bottom. – General George Patton


I hope you’ve enjoyed these quotes. If even one of them gave you a well-needed boost, then the post has served its purpose.

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I've been trading for a living since 2006. By merging mindfulness (an in-depth study of the mind and its tendencies in the present moment), a good trading process, and an efficient business practice, I went from being a losing trader to a consistently profitable one. Through my work here at Trading Composure, I aim at helping you do the same.
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  • Ferry Bayu

    Thanks for this post Yvann. It really lighten me up.

    • Thanks for reading Ferry. I’m glad you found it useful 🙂