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Say to your deepest fear: ” give me your best shot”

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Want a BRAND NEW LIFE? Get rid of your fear(s) first!

As a trader, i recently discovered that fear in you greatest foe. Ditto in life.

I got rid of everything in my life that were nurturing my daily fears.
People, stuffs, and ultimately my own desires.The process was hard, tiring, an uphill battle. September 2015: i finally pulled it off.

I am free. As never before. I wish you can feel the same emotion at one point in your life. This freedom is so elating, so exciting. I can barely sleep at night.

Do you think my life in perfect thereby? Far from it!
Look at the picture. You see the crater? That’s my life now! I’m starting off from scratch. I don’t care how long it will take to rebuild everything. Because i enjoy every bit of every second i breathe. My core values are clear.

During 2012-2015, here are the lessons learned:

If you want a “second chance”, a new life, you will have to clean out your life first.Thoroughly.From A to Z. I would have no chance to find out my IKIGAI without wiping out fear(s) in my previous life. Then you start to rebuild. From scratch. At that point, record your life. Every moment deserves to be remembered. The good, the bad, the ugly = lesson learned. Because the JOURNEY is your life. There is no DESTINATION.

Goals,outcomes, desires are a byproduct of your journey. Nothing else. At the end of your life, the outcome(s)do not really matter much. Only the journey matters. A lot.  That’s the reason you should NEVER NEVER  pursue a path for the money only. Find out your IKIGAI first. Money will follow.

I learned it the hard way. Hope it will help you to emulate.

 

Tom Lamena

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Calculator HP12C platinum is a terrific tool

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I got a financial calculator. As a trader, you don’t need the exact hp 12c . Portfolio manager, analyst  are the main clients for that kind of tool.

I am very open minded. So , 10 years from now,  I may evolve as a portfolio manager in a new kind of Hedge Fund. In 2025, many paradigms will have changed in the hedge fund world.

I have got the calculator to get used with it. I like especially the HP  reverse polish notation RPN. I use to work  with the older brother HP 48S.

This is a great calculator. It’s a daily pleasure to use. Especially the  PV / PMT / FV / CHS function. Finally, this is a very beautiful calculator!

 

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Tony Robbins’ breakthrough

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Tony Robbins’event UPW in 2014 (London). During 4 terrific days, my most inner beliefs and paradigm about what life means, had been changed very deeply. I set up a number of NLP’s tools in my daily life.

Later, i got a very profound interest about financial markets. Again.

I was flabbergasted when i understood how mindset & beliefs were a key factor to trade successfully.

90% mindset 10 % technical.

I made up a powerful strategy to create the right kind of mindset to become the BEST VERSION of myself as a trader. My  Goals are now broken down :

Daily

10 days

Quaterly

Yearly

5 years

10 years

20 years

Lifetime goal

The day you want to reach your goal as much as you want to breathe, the whole game shifts. Forever.

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My very first trading desk

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I was elated to set up my  first trading desk. I ‘ll recall this day 10 years from now. A bit like your first child, see what i mean.

Trading platform may have all the latest bells and whistles.  However, the  linchpin  lies in my skills as trader. Nothing else.

On the FOREX, i got some meaningful insights after 1 month of monitoring

Cable was 1.1191    30th sept. 2015

Cable is 1.0782  today, 09th nov. 2015

EUR/USD went down 409 pips since i first monitored the cable on MT4 . Many lessons learned!

 

Ninja was 119.92    30th sept. 2015

Ninja is 123.48  today, 09th nov. 2015

USD/JPY went up 356 pips since i first monitored the cable on MT4 . Many lessons learned!

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Traders Exhibition in Paris

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Paris, 18th september 2015

Duels of trading all day long in the   Future markets. Learned a lot and back home, i kept on moving forward the learning curve.

The most difficult part of the journey?  To force myself to get some sleep at night! How come? I am so passionate that it’s darn hard to get some balance in my life. I know that balance is everything

Tradeshow are really worth it at the beginning of the journey. I spoke to so many people to get a grip on the many paths to achieve the goal.

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Forex with Metatrader 4

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What happened the 17th september 2015

Metatrader MT4  set up.

I discovered the metatrader platform during a FED announcement (see economic calendar). I was like a child in “candy store” ( albeit candys = organic fruits for me). That day, i knew i would be a trader.

I’ve done lots of research about retail trader vs professional trader since. At the end of the day, tools are ONLY tools. Market makers may try you to get hooked with them. 98% retail trader fail because of these “tools” that turn trading into a video game.

Nevertheless, i could feel my heart beat because it was the 1st time. Great day!   Life is about mastery. Mastery is about working smartly 115.000 hours  20 years in a row, year in year out.

Lesson learned: tools do not make you an outstanding trader. Mastery does.

 

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Wall Street Warriors

 

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I watched Wall STREET WARRIORS seasons in september 2015. An eye-opening to grasp the role of various protagonists in the financial markets (Wall street)

Brokerage firm
Day Trader
Equity private company
Trader
Hedge fund manager
Deal maker
Analyst
Floor Trader

Straight to the point. While i was watching the whole seasons, i could grasp the inner feelings of living wall street lifestyle. This lifestyle is NOT for everybody. If you know yourself, this way of life may turn into the greatest undertaking you will ever achieved.

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Mergers and inquisitions

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I spent an incredible amount of time on http://www.mergersandinquisitions.com/  2 months ago                 (sept 2015).

I warmly recommend this website when YOU ARE ABOUT TO START OFF your journey as a trader.

You get an awesome eye opening view on:

INVESTMENT BANKING

PRIVATE EQUITY

HEDGE FUND

PROP TRADING DESK

CORPORATE FINANCE

Why is this website so interesting? One BIG REASON. You get an incredible amount of interviews of real people working in these different areas.

Tens of hours reading the interviews, i got a very acute grasp of the BIG PICTURE. I was able to find out what kind of PAWN i could be in the overall picture.With an open mind, this website will definitely help you to get grip on your career path.

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Second chance Robert Kiyosaki

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During the end of summer 2015, my life as a trader trainee was triggered by this awesome book : SECOND CHANCE

I deeply encourage you to read this wonderful book.We all deserve a SECOND CHANCE in life. It all boils down to focus on a specific area! Come hell or high water, you must left no stone unturned.

I played the cashflow 101 game.  I am enamoured by the financial world. Period!

To sum up, the metaphor you choose to represent your life is crucial. I see life as a GAME. I mean, i take life seriously but i do not take myself too seriously. For the next 2  DECADES, i have the gut feeling i will deeply enjoy  the ride. Finding out  your ” IKIGAI  ” is the best feeling you can experience!

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My 10-years journey as a trader starts in autumn 2015

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The nitty gritty details as a trader trainee will be outlined on my website. I’m so elated to share the account with you.

 

 

Date creation of the website from scratch 3rd november 2015

I will go back over the previous 2/3 months to give an account of the BEGINNING of my journey as a TRADER, in the fortnight (11/03/15 – 11/18/15). Stay tuned!

Starting off in august 2015

Enjoy the journey and live with passion! Tom.

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