How to become NOT you or the story of the caterpillar that changes into butterfly

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Most of us never become a “butterfly” in our lifetime. Why is that? We have been told to rely on external factors to gauge our success in life instead of internal ones. Self realisation demands sacrifice, tenacity and patience.

The toughest thing in life is a profound questioning of who you are as a person.  Yet, if you keep pushing hard enough, long enough, it will open up a new world of possibility.

The process to turn into a consistent and very profitable trader  is part of this uphill battle.  Your weaknesses are like deer in the headlights and you have got to grasp how to deal with it.  You face up your deepest fear.

However, once you say to life:

“give me your best shot”, the magic will happen.

Keep moving forward, and once you pulled it off, the freedom and the joy wipe out all the hardships you have encountered in the past.

There is no point living if you don’t push through to see how far you can grow and let the caterpillar in yourself die forever. The process is both elating and painful at times, but it’s worth its weight in gold.

“We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them” A.Einstein

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REPORT Week 20

Week 20

 

My thought for the week

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

Aristotle

TIER 1 : 11.57 hours/day  81h

1 Trading simulator

2 Global macro analysis

3 Money Management & psychology of world class trader

TIER 2 : 3.14 hours/day  22h

1 Calisthenic exercise, cardio, musculation…

2 Daily peak state ritual

3 Advanced nutrition experiment to unleash the power within
Put bluntly, what you eat, will be 100% correlated with
your trading P&L

TIER 3 : 0h92 hours/day  6h30

Business work related

A few examples :  Trading desk, Improve newsfeed system, Networking….

TOTAL 15.63 hours/day  109h30
Note for this week

1 The goal is reached. Work in the range 100-110h per week towards my goal. The next goal is to maintain this rhythm in the long run. However, I may have one week or two once in a blue moon, where clerical work may have to be done. That’s part of life until you can outsource everything not in your core competency.

2 Really grateful and happy  to have tens of rituals every day that help me moving forward. Happiness  lies in the journey, not the result to become the best version of myself. The more I evolve, the more I understand this profound statement.

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Why the very concept of retirement may not lead to happiness

 

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Happiness is a universal quest. Ultimately, we do what we do because, at the end of the day, we believe  our deeds will make us feel good.

Happiness equals progress

I firmly believe that happiness starts with growth. And even more, happiness ends when we settle down. Bear with me; retirement is kind of be-all and end-all for most people. The tenet of happiness lies in “challenge”. The more we grow as a person, the happier we become. The most difficult challenge we face up makes up proud of who we become.  If we recall the best moment of your life, you will find a very simple pattern.

The pattern of happiness

This is the pattern:  you struggled massively to achieve something really meaningful to you. Doubts, impatience, sorrows may have been part of your journey. But at the end, you pulled it off.  The pattern is  CHALLENGE > QUEST to SOLVE > 100+ HURDLES > SUCCESS.

Retirement is a man-made concept

Retirement is a very weird concept. It’s kind of you don’t want do deal with real challenges. Just have a peaceful retirement seems to be the goal at this state. You want to settle down. Mark my words, the day you start to grow, you shrink . In every sense of the world.  Your material goods, properties will never make you happy. Inner growth will.

 

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REPORT Week 19

Week 19
My thought for this week

“The energy of the mind is the essence of life.”
Aristotle, The Philosophy of Aristotle

TIER 1 : 10.64 hours/day  74h30

1 Trading simulator

2 Global macro analysis

3 Money Management & psychology of world class trader

TIER 2 : 3.57 hours/day  25h

1 Calisthenic exercise, cardio, musculation…

2 Daily peak state ritual

3 Advanced nutrition experiment to unleash the power within
Put bluntly, what you eat, will be 100% correlated with
your trading P&L

TIER 3 : 1.35 hours/day  9h30

Business work related

A few examples :  Trading desk, Improve newsfeed system, Networking….

TOTAL 15.56 hours/day  109h
Note for this week

1 It paid off to re-structure the way I manage energy thorough the day

2 My goal is to work towards my goal in the range of 100h-110h/w. The last five weeks, I was not able to do it. I was capped at 95h/w

3 The quality of each hour increased a lot due to my new set of routines. It took me 2/3 weeks to create a better routine for everyday. Let’s see how it will unfold within the next couple of weeks. Never ending improvement is my mantra, so it is bound to be better every week on average.

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Why resilience is a key attribute for a trader

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Life is a long road, but it’s traveled fast.

If you don’t realise all your dreams to date, this is why in this post:

When you have this attribute, you have it all. If not, be prepared to suffer for a lifetime…. You need this attribute as much as you want to breathe.

it’s called…

RESILIENCE

Say you f** up your life. You live a sub-level life. You dream and it doesn’t turn into realities. This is because you are short of the secret sauce: resilience.

Drawdown(s) are a hidden blessing
If you want to achieve anything meaningful in life, you never move in a straight line. Success, after success… and so on.
You get lots of DRAWDOWN along the road. This is what I learned watching hundreds of hours of chart(s) as a trader.

At the top of the mountain, the view is breath-taking
We oscillate on a daily basis. Bumpy roads, tough moments are part of life. Today, I believe theses moments magnify the most beautiful one. It’s pretty tough to become a top-notch trader. I work my ass off and the more I move ahead, the more I get really tough times. Guess what, after each slump in my learning process, I grow stronger. It’s elating. I’m learning that the reach the very high level I desire, I must keep moving forward no matter what.

No matter what you endure, it ‘s not that hard.
This is why:
V. Frankl says it best. People with 100% resilience escaped concentration camp. If they pulled it off, we all can.
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
― Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

 

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REPORT Week 18

Week 18
My thought for this week

“Energy is everything – Its the essence of life!”
Ramana Pemmaraju

TIER 1 : 5 hours/day  35h

1 Trading simulator

2 Global macro analysis

3 Money Management & psychology of world class trader

TIER 2 : 7.85 hours/day  55h

1 Calisthenic exercise, cardio, musculation…

2 Daily peak state ritual

3 Advanced nutrition experiment to unleash the power within
Put bluntly, what you eat, will be 100% correlated with
your trading P&L

TIER 3 : 0.43 hours/day  3h

Business work related

A few examples :  Trading desk, Improve newsfeed system, Networking….

TOTAL 13.28 hours/day  93h
Note for this week

1 This week was great. I have finished the creation of my daily routine(s) and system(s). It’s up and running although it will need lots of tweaks in 2016.

2 I got a very in-depth message from the universe. Without energy, it’s impossible to live the life I desire. I have done major shifts in my daily routine(s) to be able to increase my energy level drastically.

3 There is a dark side of energy/ Beware! If you do not choose consciously, you will end up in the dark side of energy without even noticing it.

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Why I am creating tens of system(s) in my daily life

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I realised that discipline was a key component in trading. However, it goes way beyond your trading desk.

Having said that, your daily routine is your key to long-term success as trader:

I setup +/- 50 automatic system(s)  in every area of my life

1 Health  (nutrition, sport, morning and evening ritual)

2 My trading day during from Monday to Friday

3 My learning process between my trades (still on simulation on business days) and my learning process during the weekend.

4 Administrative/ Tedious chores…

5  “Black swan” event(s) in Trading and in my life.

You can anticipate many things. Almost everything. Create a daily routine and stay on automatic pilot thorough the day. Create a plan B,C….Z for everything  but the act of God.

 

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REPORT Week 17

Week 17
My thought for this week

“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
Bruce Lee

TIER 1 :    6.50 hours/day  45h30

1 Trading simulator

2 Global macro analysis

3 Money Management & psychology of world class trader

TIER 2 : 3.35 hours/day  23h30

1 Calisthenic exercise, cardio, musculation…

2 Daily peak state ritual

3 Advanced nutrition experiment to unleash the power within
Put bluntly, what you eat, will be 100% correlated with
your trading P&L

TIER 3 : 2.64 hours/day  18h30

Business work related

A few examples :  Trading desk, Improve newsfeed system, Networking….

TOTAL 12.49 hours/day  87h30
Note for this week

1 This week and the next one (week 18) are focused one thing. Get my energy back at a top notch level. We have never experienced true health with our western culture.  I decided to slow down my learning  process this week  and find a way to :

A/ increase my efficient drastically per hour  I work

B/ be able to sustain my +90 hours weekly rhythm in the long run

2   Energy is everything. I am obsessed with top-level energy because  I believe Energy is the root of an outstanding life. Way more important than any other concept.

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