Lessons that investors and traders can use in other areas
As access to trading platforms has been easier and easier to approach over the past couple of years, interest in investing and day-to-day trading in the stock market and other instruments has exploded. The market power of “retail investors” has grown rapidly over the past year as they take on institutional players with “short pressures” and raising the profile of cryptocurrencies such as Dogecoin.
Behind this has been a huge rush for people to produce educational content that helps people learn to trade. However, much of this is one-way, and little attention is paid to the fact that the skills you learn in trading can help you in other areas of your life.
When new traders get into the game, they almost always assume that they will immediately start making successful trades with a portfolio that is exploding.
In reality, on the contrary.
Trading requires patience. People who thrive in the stock market spend most of their time researching and due diligence. This is a careful process that takes hours to review reports, discounted cash flow analysis, and other calculations to decide when and when to invest.
Patience is also important elsewhere in life. When you practice a new job, learn a language, are stuck in traffic, or try to grow your own food at home, you can’t expect to see results right away; Instead, you have to wait calmly and patiently.
Traders deal with risks every day. The decision to buy a cryptocurrency is a risk, but so is the decision to sell and the decision to HODL. Sure, buying now is a risk because the value of the ID you bought can go down, but selling is also a risk because the price can go up after the transaction is completed.
This risk assessment is useful elsewhere in life. Buying a house is a risk, like getting married, driving a car, and even choosing between a burger and a salad. Better opportunities to assess these risks allow better decisions to be made.
This skill can also help when playing games. Poker players a balance must be carefully found invest enough to put pressure on their opponents, but not so much as to disrupt the management of their bank account. A good understanding of this distinguishes between casual players and players who compete in poker tournaments professionally.
In recent months, we have seen a lot of emotional trading decisions, and some people blindly poured money into certain asset classes in the absolute belief that the price will go up and they will benefit.
In reality, this is not the case, and those who do not make evidence-based decisions pay the price in the long run.
A strong bull and bear market arises because a herd of investors and traders make emotional decisions, not because the target value of the property has changed significantly. In these situations, those who control their emotions can make better decisions that benefit their financial position.
Warren Buffett, for example, always says investors should befearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful”. He also puts this into practice by buying shares of companies when their stock prices fall because others are in a panic sale.
Emotion management is also useful in life. If you’re at work, you may feel the urge to tell a rude customer how you feel, or tell your boss you don’t like them, but neither will end up well for you.
Instead, it’s best to count to ten and think of a more sensible answer that is tactful and helps achieve long-term goals.
Taking rough and even
In trading, some days are good and others are bad. All you have to do is hope that you have more days going the way you want than those that don’t, and then work hard to make sure that happens.
It’s easy to have a day when you make a string of lost trades and let you down, but you have to understand that it’s a bigger picture that matters.
The same is true in life. You may have a bad workout at the gym where you just couldn’t keep up with your normal pace or you just had a bad day at work with colleagues who defined more tasks for you without considering your current workload.
An easy option is to take everything to heart and let it eat you, but as a trader you will learn that it is best to take a deep breath, take a break and come back tomorrow. Returning to a fresh mindset will help you succeed better than if you let it eat you.