How I've learned that trading is not about money...
When I decided to trade stocks, I had no idea what I was getting into. I saw it as an opportunity to learn something new, and I did not necessarily intend to make a living of it.
At the time, I already had a well-prospering business and a great career in the corporate world. No pressure — no problem!
I still remember my very first trade. It was so easy! I made $1200 in about a minute! I was hooked! From there, I was buying random stocks, watching them go against me and adding on the way down.
And as you’ve probably guessed, I eventually lost a big chunk of my capital.
That's when I realized trading wasn't as simple as "buy low, sell high" and achieving success in trading is not going to be as I've imagined.
In the years to come I have learned that...
It was not as simple as “buy low, sell high”...
After moving from Europe to the U.S., I decided to give it a try and make trading stocks my new career. The prospect of working on my own schedule, possibly just a few hours a day, and having all the freedom I want was very enticing.
Incidentally, my background at the time had nothing to do with Finance. I studied Marketing Management, Communication and Psychology. I worked for many years as a Project Manager, Life Coach and Educator. But Finance was a new terrain.
Determined to prepare well before diving in, I took a course focused on technical analysis, learned a few setups and started day trading.
I was absolutely convinced I can be successful. And just to give you an idea of how confident I was, I then quit my very well-paid job and fully committed to trading.
In the first years of my journey, I faced all the dilemmas that confront new traders at some point.
- How do I know where to buy and where to sell?
- How do I wait patiently for the right moment when the pressure is high?
- How do I stay unemotional when there is money at stake?
- How do I know for sure if my decision is the right one?
- Will I ever be able to make a living as a trader?
To find answers to those questions, I started trying out new strategies, joined various online trading rooms and followed the leaders.
None of these steps improved my profit consistency, and none gave me confidence that I one day I will make it.
TELL ME HOW
...the real problem was not my strategy or my trading knowledge.
After going on a self-discovery journey I saw that it was me who was keeping myself stuck in the cycle of losing my gains. Not my strategy or lack of market understanding. I took resolute actions I was able to turn things around. That moment has changed everything.
In the next 6 months I doubled my account value and it got only better from there. I have been consistently profitable ever since, for over 4 years now, generating income trading.
And now, as a Trading Mindset Coach I help other traders to step out of the cycle of losing their gains and build the ideal conditions for consistently profitable trading, so they can achieve financial independence and create the life they want.
All you need is courage.
Feeling confident is only possible if you believe in yourself. And it is easy when you are good at something. But entering a new, challenging, and at times overwhelming domain like trading can make anyone doubt and feel hesitant.
If you truly want to achieve your trading goals all you need is courage to look at yourself and to make changes.
Tune out the noise, and look inside.
Throughout my life, I've spent years learning about human potential. I studied and practiced Neuro-Linguistic Programming, which helped me understand how our mind helps us to achieve the results we want.
Trading put me to the ultimate test. How can I use the power of my mind to become a successful trader and achieve freedom?
After months of analyzing the strategies I had used to achieve my goals in life, looking at my beliefs that were sabotaging my progress and reasons why I could not stay disciplined I came to a very simple but groundbreaking conclusion.
I am trading at my best when I feel confident.
Only then I can truly perform.
I haven't given up. But I had to give up my way of thinking.
Going through the learning process of trading was one of the toughest yet most enriching experiences of my life. Not because I had to learn strategy and reading charts.
I had to learn to think differently. I had let go of the way I've learned to react to what was happening around me, change the meaning of things. I had to become a trader for a living.
And that transformation turned stock trading into a lucrative source of income, increased the quality of my life and also of those around me.
A few more bits about me
I am in love with yoga. It helps me keep my mind focused, disciplined and flexible.
I am Polish and I love danish - the pastry.
I am obsessed with palm trees. I love everything about them!
I collect notebooks. I love the blank pages waiting for new ideas to develop.
I love the word “love” (if you haven’t noticed).