If I could kick anyone’s ass it would mine about 10 years ago. I believed so much in myself that I thought I could skip steps. To be fair, I was good at certain things that made it easier.
When you get to a certain level, every participant has talent. The things that help differentiate are the intangibles. Drive, focus, ability to learn, etc all have a significant impact. Every person needs to have some break along the way. When up against the wall you have do things differently in order to make your break. All of my failures, there have been a many, are do to the fact I wasted the intangibles and didn’t do what was necessary or I could not see what was necessary and time ran out.
I thought I was different, I thought I could skip steps. As I got older I realized that every person has to make the same stops along the path, sooner or later, and that you do not become better by skipping steps. You get better by spending only the time needed at each step.
No one is special in trading, each step has to happen. The best spend the least time at each step. They retrace their steps when necessary but not any more.
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