Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Quote of the Week - 10/10/2007

"...the most important quality for a trader to develop is discipline. As you've read, my stubborn ego and impatience prevented me from achieving lasting success and financial security. I hope my story has shown you that any fool can get lucky and quickly make a great deal of money. But, if playing the stock market was always that easy, there would be no need for research and hard work. Considering that all the information you need to be able to profit is available on the Internet, what sets successful traders apart is their ability to wade through all the muck. With regard to your sources, keep an open mind. As my losses demonstrate, if you allow your emotions and ego to control your trading, you are doomed to fail." -- Timothy Sykes from his book, An American Hedge Fund
What great words of advice! Reading Tim's book brought back the memories of what it was like trading in the greatest stock bubble of our time. In fact, I participated in the ISCO trade he mentions in the book. What a ride, indeed!

I look back and realize just how far I've come as a trader and how much further I still have to go. Tim is right...cutting through the muck is a tough chore for any trader/investor. The key to long-lasting success is keeping an open mind, learning from your failures, and working hard...really really hard. Of course, a sprinkle or two of luck never hurts.

Thanks for the book, Tim.

Later Trades,


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