IF YOU CAN KEEP your cool when the market’s running hot,
And those around you are in a buying frenzy.
If you can wait in the shadows, and not tire, and only strike when the time is right.
If you can dream of another life – but walk the cautious line of realism versus pipe dreams.
If you can seek out those with experience, and learn from their mistakes,
so that YOU are not destined to repeat them.
If you can meet Profits and Losses with a calmness of spirit,
And treat those two facades of emotion just the same,
(For in reality, neither is Friend or Foe, but thinking makes it so).
If you can vow to follow your trading plan, with conscientiousness and dedication,
Yet not let your ego expand out of proportion,
All the while remembering that those around you may not share your zealousness.
If you can draw on the support of trusted Mentors and allow them to guide you with care and shortcut your learning curve.
If you can hold on tight and not be swayed by bad news,
Yet follow your trading plans even against what all media sources are saying.
If your will is strong, and you refuse to give in to distractions.
If you can walk with the royalty of the trading world, but never forget what it was like to learn your craft.
If a string of good fortune doesn’t sway your analysis of the very next trade that you plan to take.
If the words of jealous family members, or less skilled, envious traders do not penetrate your being,
And nothing dissuades you from running full speed towards your goals with vigor, focus and passion.
If you can trust yourself when others doubt you,
But turn them away without derision if they criticize, and feel that your trader’s soul is not diminished or impeded in any way.
Yours is the trading world and everything that’s in it belongs to you,
And, more than that, my friend. You’ll be a trader.