Came across a great thread this weekend regarding Curtis Faith and his Turtle background. Read here. I especially enjoyed the story of his initial programming experience converting trading systems. What a great first job. And of course, always hungry for insights and traits into what makes a successful trader. Here's Mr. Faith's take:
The ones who were successful had more emotional control. The ones who weren't successful were either too intellectually insecure and unable to commit to a strategy, too greedy, too emotionally invested in their financial success, too affected by the large swings in equity, or too averse to the risks required to trade well (probably due to a lack of confidence in themselves). One of the things that distinguished the good Turtles from the ones that were completely unsuccessful is their personalities. The traders with a more intellectual and systematic approach to life were much more successful than the emotional traders who really wanted to make a lot of money.And finally, one of the most important insights Curtis makes:
...all successful people owe their success to the help of others. They therefore have an obligation and usually a desire to pass on the craft, to teach and help others.I am thankful that such a thing is true. I owe many thanks to the people that have helped my programming and trading experience grow in the right direction. In a sense, we are all like those baby turtles Mr. Dennis refers to. Just trying to make it out to sea and swim with the big dogs. And avoid the many perils from beach to sea.