I didn’t have the start that you’d expect from a typical trading coach or mentor.
As a young man I began my career as an auto-mechanic and worked my way up to opening my own BMW repair business.
So you can say I was pretty driven, and knew how to work hard for what I wanted.
Like many career professionals and entrepreneurs I worked long hours and enjoyed a lot of success but at the end of the day I found that I had no time left for family, and when I became a father, something had to give.
So I went on a search to find a business in an industry that would allow me to create a more flexible schedule. Having an entrepreneurial spirit I started many businesses including home inspection, real estate development and real estate sales, and eventually, found my passion in being a success and small business coach.
During this time, I immersed myself into self improvement, hypnosis and NLP. I studied the masters, Tony Robbins, Maxwell Maltz, Jack Canfield, Chris Howard and Milton Erickson. I eventually became Certified in Transformational Coaching and Leadership, Beyond NLP and Ericksonian Hypnosis and am now an Advanced Master Practitioner Neurolinguistic Programming.
With this knowledge and the experience I’ve gained from transforming people’s lives through coaching, I learned that finding success in any endeavor has a lot more to do with mindset and taking action than it does with the mechanics of any system.
In fact, I’ve found that success is about 80% psychology or mindset and only about 20% mechanics. And that can’t be more true than with trading.
Speaking of trading, I got my start when I came across an event hosted by Investools and I was instantly hooked on the idea of the freedom that trading could provide.
So I plopped down a big chunk of cash and enrolled in their advanced program.
I learned all about stocks, options and chart reading. I learned about complex options spreads and got lots of coaching. I opened an account and paper traded. I was ready to go!
I started putting on trades AND…I generally lost money.
I took more training. I bought advanced trading courses from top trading education companies. I took charting classes, day trading classes, candlestick classes, swing trading classes, complex options classes, Forex classes and read books. I got mentoring from the top gurus and former market makers. (Is this starting to sound familiar?)
And yes, things got a little better. I wasn’t losing money anymore, but I certainly wasn’t making any money either.
I remember joking that could have made more money in less time mopping floors at McDonalds. Except it wasn’t really a joke.
I discovered that no matter how many strategies I learned, or plans I implemented, I simply wasn’t making progress.
The reason I wasn’t making progress is because, even though I knew all the concepts and mechanical steps of what I needed to do, I was making poor decisions from a mindset of fear, greed, lack of confidence and unrealistic expectations. I found myself jumping from plan to plan, based on whatever was emerging as the hottest new trend in trading, looking for the secret that was going to make me a successful trader.
Then I remembered, the key to success at anything isn’t in finding the latest and greatest plan, there is no silver bullet. The key to success is in using a workable plan that fits your personality and then using the proper mindset and focus to apply that plan.
Once I realized this, I took everything that I had learned and created my own plan that fit my personality and what I wanted to achieve. I also used the skills I had learned through coaching and mindset training to stick to my plan.
This resulted in exponential improvements in my trading, and I realized that what I had created would help other traders as well.
Now I help other traders create their own plans, or adapt trading systems that I have created, to fit their style and goals. I have helped people retire, make career changes, improve their quality of life and create extra income.
This has become my dream “job” and is deeply satisfying. I am now able to spend the time I want with my family, while helping others create the life of their dreams as well.
If you are looking to create financial freedom for yourself through trading and you’re committed to making a change, I’d love to help. Contact me for a consultation and let’s see if we can create a plan that works for you.