If you are not growing as a trader, then this is the problem…

 

I received the following message via social media late last year.

  • I am frustrated. Despite all knowledge on stock analysis, momentum indicators, writing journal I make losses. Whereas I know person with nothing of these making huge profits everyday. She goes and buy stock and it would fly higher. When she sells stock would go down. I am beginning to believe in luck.

 

This was my immediate reply:

 

We've covered this topic several times over the last couple of years but I continue to see evidence that more work is required.

Let's examine my response in a little more detail.

First, my writing was "lazy" in suggesting that success is not a result of knowledge. Nor of simply working hard.

Of course, there is some level of knowledge required. And of effort.

I simply made an assumption that the trader had reached adequate levels of both knowledge and effort. Perhaps this is wrong. I have no idea. They mentioned the stock market, but I have no insight into their strategy, their level knowledge, nor their levels of skill.

However, regardless of this deficiency in my reply, the last part is the key.

  • If you're not growing as a trader, then the problem is that your review processes are not driving any growth. Fix your review processes.

 

Frustration for someone already possessing the necessary knowledge and effort, will typically be a result of deficiency in strategy, processes or skill.

Regardless of the cause, an effective review process will make this clear.

Ensure your trading process captures sufficient data to provide meaningful feedback.

Ensure your review processes adequately assess this feedback in order to understand the cause of the current results and identify potential areas for growth.

Growth requires an effective feedback loop.

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If you're not growing as a trader, then the problem is that your review processes are not driving any growth.

Fix your review processes.

Ensure your trading process captures sufficient data to provide meaningful feedback.

Ensure your review processes adequately assess this feedback in order to understand the cause of the current results and identify potential areas for growth.

Happy trading,

Lance Beggs

 


 

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2 Comments to “If you are not growing as a trader, then this is the problem…”

  1. mark says:

    this is golden.. i have been trading a while,, i have an edge. but struggling to even click lately. not wanting to lose?! but i cant run a business without clicking!

    I started doing 20trades then reviewing.. i noticed i was making money.. even after a few silly mistakes,, however i found old habits of frustration creeping back after frustrating market conditions, something i cannot control. I wanted to continue to push like i was doing after my first series of 20trades, however my edge wasnt there, so instead of accepting and being relaxed, i threw it away and knocked my confidence again..

    I need to accumulate that data of 20trades again and review.. focus all my attention on how i can do better after i get those 20trades,, not whether or not i will lose today or not..

    Thanks Lance

    • Lance Beggs says:

      Hi Mark,

      Yeah, it can be hard to stick to process when trading poorly. But 20 poor trades still provide valuable information that can help you find the cause and the solution. You’ve just got to find some way to stay on course.

      Best of luck,
      Lance.

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