Only when you can be extremely pliable and soft can you be extremely hard and strong. — Zen Proverb
There are many reasons why traders have a hard time being (and staying) profitable. I’ve explored many of those reasons in depth on this blog. But as of yet, I haven’t talked about our default mode of measuring and comparing ourselves (and our lives) to others.
A few years ago, I read a fascinating article about U.S soldiers who had been on multiple deployments to Iraq. What was special about those soldiers is that they got to a point where they could predict with amazing accuracy whether or not there was a bomb on the streets waiting to explode.
As we all know, emotions are complex experiences. An emotion involves thoughts, sensations, physical afflicts, colorations of the mind, and, how well we recognize them as they arise in the present (and diffuse them) depends on our level of awareness.
Allow me to be dramatic for a couple of seconds: We are all slaves!
As human beings, we are slaves to substances, activities, and beliefs. We are slaves to doing; to becoming; to seeking something else than our current reality.
“When should I quit trading for good?”
If you’re a struggling trader, I’m sure this question has been in the periphery of your mind at some point.