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Default What Causes Failure? Part One of Three

Good Morning All:

Over the years, I have written many articles. Hundreds, maybe even thousands if you include partial repeats and every short lesson. Sometimes the lesson is a partial re-write, or a new take, or a new way to explain or organize the information.

So, while there are many summaries out there on various topics, and while the topics on this lesson may be found somewhere else, I thought I would take today to start answering a very direct question. What causes failure in trading? This will be a no-nonsense, nuts and bolts look at the question, not a philosophical dissertation. I will discuss the top three over three letters.

What Causes Failure? Part One of Three

After many years of seeing many issues in trading through the eyes of many traders, I have come to one inescapable conclusion. Something I now consider a fact. Everyone who enters trading is exactly the same, and stay the same for a long time. It is not until later in development, that some break out into ‘unique’ ground. So relax, everyone has gone through what you are, or have gone through.

You may not like the answers. However, you need to hear them. While education in technical analysis is absolutely needed, most who really try, receive that education. In addition, they receive enough to make them potentially successful. For those who do not get an education, it may be the biggest cause of failure. However, anyone can understand the education material once presented, and many who receive the education still fail, so lack of education, while critically important, is NOT making my top three list.

Number one quite simply is the ability to do what need to be done, and do it now. The word for that is ‘discipline’. This is the number one reason for failure amongst traders. Initially it may be the lack of discipline to take a stop. Later it may be the lack of discipline to reach a target. Note that the trader knows what the stop is, and what the target is. This is why the ‘education’ doesn’t make the list. The problem is, even those that know what to do and when to do it, do NOT do it. Lack of discipline.

It shows up in many other places. The lack of discipline to review material learned. The lack of discipline to review trades and make changes. The lack of discipline to create and use a trading plan. The lack of discipline to honestly analyze your trades and determine you need an education. All of the key things in trading are easily learned by someone who wants to learn them. However, they are not easily done. Lack of discipline is a number one reason traders fail. Do you suffer from a lack of discipline in your trading? Is it holding you back from your goals?

Closing Comments:

This is the first of three things we will look at. After seeing them all, you may disagree about the order. Do not. They will not be in any particular order. They are all important and it is like the ‘chicken and the egg’ argument. All three of them are critical, and the lack of any of them will cause failure, just like removing one leg of a three-legged stool.

Paul Lange
Vice President of Services
Pristine Capital Holdings, Inc.
Day Trader School
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