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Invest in Yourself

May 17, 2017

As I went out the door this morning with my traveling "success library" in my hand - a case containing my favorite motivational CDs that I listen to in my car - I thought to myself... I have to laugh when people think success arrives by luck or chance; these are usually the same people who haven't read many books on the subject or attended even a few good seminars.


I myself have attended seminars on trading and motivation & self-actualization by the dozens. That’s how I met David Ryan – at a seminar – and now, 25 years later, we conduct seminars together! 


I have personally invested over $60 thousand dollars over the course of 30 years into my Success Library, which now includes thousands of books, hundreds of tapes and CDs; not to mention all the seminars I've attended. Now, that may sound like a lot of money, but it breaks down to about $2000 per year. I bet some of you spend that on extra cable channels or cigarettes or something alone!


And yes... I spent my last penny on this stuff... BEFORE I was rich! (Evidence being the outdated cassette tapes)


It takes time and effort to get to the top of a mountain... and in life it takes an investment in yourself, but the result is worth it. YOU certainly are worth it.


Invest heavily in yourself, use that knowledge and you will be amazing!!



This is just part of my Success Library



The following is an excerpt from Trade Like A Stock Market Wizard by Mark Minervini (McGraw Hill Publishing –2012)


When I began trading in the early 1980s, I endured a six-year period when I didn’t make any money in stocks. In fact, I had a net loss. It wasn’t until 1989 that I began to achieve meaningful success. What kept me going? Unconditional persistence.



When you make an unshakable commitment to a way of life, you put yourself way ahead of most others in the race for success. Why? Because most people have a natural tendency to overestimate what they can achieve in the short run and underestimate what they can accomplish over the long haul. They think they’ve made a commitment, but when they run into difficulty, they lose steam or quit.



Most people get interested in trading but few make a real commitment. The difference between interest and commitment is the will not to give up. When you truly commit to something, you have no alternative but success. Getting interested will get you started, but commitment gets you to the finish line.



The first and best investment you can make is an investment in yourself, a commitment to do what it takes and to persist.



Persistence is more important than knowledge. You must persevere if you wish to succeed in anything. Knowledge and skill can be acquired through study and practice, but nothing great comes to those who quit.



When Opportunity Meets Preparedness



When people hear my success story, the two questions they ask most often are, how did you do it? And, did you just get lucky? The assumption is that I must have taken a lot of big risks or been lucky along the way.



So how did I do it?



For years I worked on perfecting my trading skills, plugging away 70 to 80 hours a week, often staying up to pore over stock charts and company financials until the sun came up the next day. Even though the results weren’t there yet, I persevered. I spent years separating the proverbial wheat from the chaff, perfecting my process by analyzing my successes and, more important, my failures. Then something wonderful happened. My preparation intersected with opportunity.



I had been honing my skills for years, and by 1990 I was fully equipped to take advantage of a new emerging bull market. With all the lessons I had learned from my trial-and-error days in the 1980s, the pitch was now coming across the plate, and I was staring at my chance to knock the ball out of the park. I was 100 percent prepared, like an Olympic athlete who has practiced and practiced and is now ready to perform with perfection.



Opportunities in the stock market can spring to life on short notice. To take advantage of them you must be prepared and ready to act. Right now, somewhere out in the world someone is tirelessly preparing for success. If you fail to prepare, that somebody probably will make big money while you only dream about what you could have been and should have done.


So prepare, prepare, prepare, because when opportunity knocks, which it definitely will, you want to be there to answer the door.






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We tend to ignore the outer limits of this circle of comfort almost all of the time. The unknown is a scary proposition for most. The CLUM principle simply states that COMFORTABLE = LESS OPPORTUNITY AND UNCOMFORTABLE = MORE OPPORTUNITY; C=L U=M

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