Updated: Aug 28, 2022
You don't need a degree or high-level education to become a trader. In fact, I believe this can in fact be a burden to some. The reason being is they expect to come into trading with the same success they had outside of it.
They arrive with the pre-belief that all they have to do is work hard, study the markets and they will succeed. But that could not be further from the truth. Why? Because if trading was just about technical then there would be a lot more traders working from their laptops.
''Discipline beats intelligence.''
Successful Forex traders understand that trading is a game of self-mastery, discipline, patience, confidence, and consistency and that these qualities are more vital than anything.
They also know that their trading success is measured over a large sample size of trades, not just a few as that is completely random.
This is not a difficult concept to understand; you don’t need a genius IQ or a degree in finance to understand this. the reason being highly intelligent has no real advantage over anyone else at becoming a professional forex trader depends mostly on your ability to execute…not to comprehend.
For example, ex-military personal would have a much higher chance in the markets; because they understand why discipline is so important.
They are taught to make their beds as soon as they wake up in the morning. This small habit, builds a little confidence. This confidence is then used to perform a slightly more difficult task, which in turn builds up more confidence and this continues all throughout the day as they begin to see how small habits can lead to greater results and greater confidence.
By performing even the smallest tasks with precision, every day (such as shining their shoes,) soldiers develop the discipline needed to perform under pressure.
''Discipline is about showing up. Success will show up in its own time.''
This is not to say that every successful and intelligent people in other fields cannot be a successful trader, I am just exaggerating the fact that intelligence and previous accomplishments do not really matter at all when it comes to trading well.
What matters the most is your ability to stay disciplined, focused, and patient to really master your trading strategy, your ability to stay disciplined.
''If the 'why' is strong enough then discipline will become a by-product.''
How to create discipline??
To create discipline you need a strong 'emotional' driver for the reasons to be disciplined for example, 'Why are you doing it?
What is your 'why' for trading?
It has to be bigger than the monetary goals...
- Is it for freedom? - Your family? - To help others?
You need a strong 'why' because this is what will keep you going forward when the inevitable tough days come along. This is what will make you get up in the morning and get the work done.
When you have a clear reason for doing what you are trying to succeed at. If the 'why' is strong enough then discipline will become a by-product. I go much deeper into this in my book 'The Blueprint To Trading Psychology.' if you would like to check it out.
This brings me to the point that to create discipline you need a strong ''emotional drive'' because if you have a strong enough emotional reason you can create a positive disciplined drive to succeed.
So you actually need emotions to succeed which can be a surprising revelation. As most think emotions in trading are taboo and that we must be emotionless robots!
But we are human and need emotions to drive us. And paradoxically with the right emotional drive, we can then learn to control our emotions during the hard times like in trading when feeling fear, or greed. We can revert back to 'why' and let that drive us to patience, discipline, and consistency.
So don't think you need to be a rocket scientist to win this game.
Trading is an EQ, not an IQ game.
Alan Edward aka The Divergent Trader
'If you are looking to have an edge in the market or just starting out in FOREX, then you are in the right place. All important aspects are covered from Strategy to Risk Management to Psychology. I really recommend The Divergent Trader to everyone.
- Jason Lee