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Day 82 of 100 - How I overcome setbacks

I have been like a Viking Berserker in my efforts to succeed with this trading algorithm.

Just attack a goal like a Viking Berserker

It actually requires one to be EXTREMELY meticulous - and quite frankly I am not that type of meticulous.

When it comes to visuals, design, and feels, I am EXTREMELY meticulous.

But when it comes to numbers, data, and logic, I'm not very meticulous.

A battle between left and right brain

And a large part of trading is dealing with data - like a scientist.

Quite often I start out in this way, but as I get swept away in the beauty of the charts, I start to "rush" thing and lose that meticulousness.

It is now biting me in the arse, and it hurts.

In the past....

This type of setback would have been enough to stop me and make me turn right around and lead me into a spiral of depression.

I used to spiral into depression

Now, I'm only faced with pride. I don't want to lose. I don't want to give up. I've put too much time in. But is this humility?

But now what I do....

I separate myself from my thoughts and feelings and try to see things objectively.

So I think it's time for a new approach.


I've said it before but haven't really made any efforts to change it.

I am so ridiculously one track minded - when I want to do something I do only that and can't pivot, but I've got to learn now to start segmenting my days and allowing myself to do the things I should be doing.

Because I'm not doing them. In fact, resentment is coming up in my mind at the thought of having to do something else!

It's a habit I must begin to break.

Conquering your own inner demons is harder than defeating an army of millions

They say it's more difficult to defeat oneself than to defeat an army of 1,000,000 people.

That has never seemed so true.

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Gab Adam
Gab Adam
Feb 13, 2023

Love your articles Steven and the way you use imagery to support what you say!

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