Trading in Isolation


“It is a commonplace among artists and children at play that they’re not aware of time or solitude while they’re chasing their vision. The hours fly. The sculptress and the tree-climbing tyke both look up blinking when Mom calls, ‘Suppertime!'”

- Steven Pressfield

As with any passion, trading is the type of thing that you can get lost in. If you’re reading this post, let’s be honest, you are probably tuning out something that is “technically” higher on your list of priorities.

Trading is the type of thing that your mind goes to when your wife is rambling on about replacing the tile in the bathroom. It’s probably your go-to daydream for when you find time to zone-out at work. It’s the kind of thing where you can get lost in charts and realize you missed dinner.

This is normal.

Successful traders are the ones who understand that this type of behavior comes naturally to people who chase their passions. If you feel like you are isolating yourself, you probably are, but that’s ok. It’s the price you have to pay.

When you are forced to confront feelings of loneliness, keep in mind that this is yet another form of the Resistance.

Resistance might try to make you feel like you are missing out by not meeting up with your buddies at the local bar, but if your buddies are anything like mine, they’re just talking nonsense about a football season that doesn’t start until September anyways. You’re not missing much.

Pressfield talks about how artists like John Lennon and Bob Dylan were able to embrace this isolation. I would venture to guess that Warren Buffet and Ed Seykota have similar stories. They probably blew off the football conversation with their buddies at the bar too.

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