3.)In your post you say your goal is to earn a living doing this. I hope and pray you do but it will not happen in a few months. It will take several years of patience and learning and commitment to the craft of this. All gamblers lose in this game, period. This is a business and must be respected as such. Not saying you don't respect this, just saying that it's a dead serious understanding and commitment to achieve this. Most people I know who do well in this earn a great living doing something normal and they can afford to risk on their account and sleep fine at night because they are fueled with capital backing them.
I definitely realize this won't happen in a few months to make a living ... and I also understand it may take a few years to get to that point. I am fine with that as I plan on doing this for many years and look forward to seeing the progression as the years go by.
You don't need 'education' as you probably know as much as the basic beginner. You need patience. Think of trading like hunting an animal. You don't take a shot everytime you go to the woods. You have to watch every day and then strike when the opp hits.
This is exactly true... patience has been a problem in my life in general and I am definitely learning this skill each and every day!! I believe it is the key to becoming successful in trading!!
5.) Finally, stay humble and coachable. Consider this your golf game. You're not competing against anyone except yourself.
I am definitely coachable and would love to find someone that is looking for someone to take under their wing! I know that is wishful thinking... but wishing is a good thing! ;-)
I hope these tips have helped. P.S. Don't get caught up doing 50 pip stops etc... Brokers blow right through them. You have no choice but 150+ pip stops if using a daily chart. I would never use a smaller time frame because volume is not readily available which will spike the chart and instantly stop you out.
One thing that I am in the process of changing is moving from smaller time frames. I am now seeing it isn't the right style for me. And Yes, all of your advice has been very helpful and I truly appreciate it.
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