Have you ever wondered how the trainers at SeaWorld get the whales to jump out of the pool, or how at the circus they can get 800 pound grizzly bears to ride around on bicycles, or even how pigeons are taught to carry messages across the country? Maybe I’m just a weirdo for wondering how the fuck they do what they do. However what I do know is clear, bears are not born with an animal instinct to ride around on two fucking wheels.
They are trained, plain and simple by someone who knows how to ride a bicycle. Now they don’t just park the bike in front of the grizzly bear and say ride! They start with small goals and reward the animal with treats (like the lesson in this program). After years and years of training, they finally succeed and an audience gets to see the finished act and maybe (like me) they too wonder how the fuck they got that bear to ride a bicycle.
Just like trading, most want to be the bear above ripping it around like a G, however those same people forget about all those hundreds of hours of training that were put in before the task could be completed with such ease. If the trainer only rewarded the bear with food when he was successful, bears would be extinct in a year. The task is simply too big to check off in one shot, that’s why learning anything takes time. Now you might be thinking, is this guy fucking comparing me to a bear and he is the trainer giving me snacks for doing a good job? Yes you bet your ass I am. For now we are dangling the basics in front of you, how to crawl, wobble and maybe even how to take a few baby steps. Just like a brash little cub, you want to stand up on those weak hind legs and prove us wrong, and you can try but you’re easy to push back down (for now). If you are thinking that you're too smart for these lessons, then they should be a breeze and you should be able to cruise through and bang out a few questions like Steph dropping 3’s in practice. However nothing crushes a new trader like a simple question.
We welcome new and inexperienced traders because you do not have any bad habits yet that we need to break. If you frankly don't know shit about stocks, even better, the guy who has already blown up two or three times and has not made $1 trading yet is the worst, since their loser mindset takes time to break down and throw in the trash before we can build them back up again.
Now along with treats for doing things right, there is also the whip if you do dumb shit, if you do things that are smart we will be the first to praise you. Now there's a reason why we want to hear your answers to each lesson. Have you have ever worked in the real world and had those dreaded quarterly reviews that just the thought of made your palms sweat? All that hype and anxiety for that 10 minute meeting with your manager who tells you to do better and you then somehow leave less motivated than when you went in and now have another 3 months to figure out how you can do your job better. Complete fucking waste of time. The more we can see what you’re up to the faster we can nudge you in the right direction. This way we can intervene with one behavior at a time and as a result, the less overwhelming the process tends to become.
You will hear stories about what it is really like working as a professional trader on Wall Street but until you’ve actually done this, you won’t realise just how vicious this industry can be. Trading can be one of the most cut throat, performance based, kill or be kill sectors out there. Yes we are tough and although we can be nice too, we only have enough time to be honest with you even if we tell you things that you don't want to hear. In the beginning you might feel that you are only seeing our tough side, however realize that it is because we care and we know you have potential. As time progresses you will see this toughness as support and this will be when you will eventually have one of those aha! moments.
Do you have balls?
In the Getting Started Group Chat share a time where you (at first) received feedback that made you angry, however at a later date you realized the person was really trying to help you (and did help you).