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Keys to Your Success

January 5, 2016

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The markets are a unique and wonderful place. They see unfathomable amounts of money exchange hands on any given day. As a trader, you will be amazed by the boundless opportunities that await you. The education presented in this website will help you propel yourself to succeed in the ever changing and exciting world of today’s markets. Each topic is critical on its own, but it is vital to approach the information as a whole.

Keys to Your Success

There are five principles pivotal to your success. By applying these principles, you separate yourself from the millions of investors who are simply taking a chance or gambling in the market. The stock market and gambling are two very different things to an investor who follows these keys.

Principle #1: Master Plan Any savvy investor will tell you that they have implemented a plan which has led them to successful trades. They have a system, a routine, a structure and/or a road map. Your plan may be simply stated or very detailed but it is vital that you have one written out. The question is: Why are you trading?

Principle #2: Education Some people use newsletters, stock picking services, one of the talking heads on television, or countless other resources as reasons to invest but you will want to have the education and ability to do it on your own. Make sure that you understand each strategy that you are going to use. Be a professional and learn the ins and outs.

Principle #3: Tools In the current trading environment, you will need to have advanced tools to give you an edge. One of the most important things for a beginner to learn is how to use the software tools that he/she has to implement the master plan. You may be very bright, capable and yet a lack of tools can hold you back from true success. Great traders still rely on helpful tools to identify opportunities, stay organized, and move forward day by day through the markets.

Principle #4: Discipline Fear and greed are a part of human psychology. They can be destructive forces in your trading account if you don’t have a strict discipline to rules. Trading is quite simple at its core: you need to make good position choice and have the discipline to allow those winners to prosper as well as cut your losses to a minimum.

Principle #5: Implementation It is common for beginners to have a little stage fright when it comes to trading. Many students want to learn it all before they get in there and start. Implementation is critical in the process of education. You have to practice to become good at anything. Starting today, you should begin this process. Paper and practice trade each and every strategy that you learn. Make a mental choice to take action. If you learn to follow principle #4, you can confidently apply and implement all of the strategies. Even the best of traders are wrong. You will need to understand that trading is not always about being right. It is about having the right strategies and implementing them over and over again so that you land on the right side of probability.

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All investing and trading in the securities market involves a high degree of risk. Any decisions to place trades in the financial markets, including trading in stocks, options or other financial instruments, is a personal decision that should only be made after conducting thorough independent research, including a personal risk and financial assessment, and prior consultation with the user’s investment, legal, tax and accounting advisers, to determine whether such trading or investment is appropriate for that user.

11 Replies to “Keys to Your Success”

  1. Thomas Hammonds says:

    Good write up Timmy!! Principle #4 is one I struggle with the most! I am getting better about keeping the emotion out of trading. Being cognizant of the fact that no one is perfect and that everyone makes mistakes helps keep the emotion out. I understand that for me to become a good trader I have to not only treat trading like a business, but also keep my emotions in check. If I am going be trading long term these Principles always need to be at the forefront. You always have good and insightful information. Notes have been taken. Thanks!!

  2. Matt Quattrochi says:

    In principle 4 your refer to certain chapters,what book are you mentioningreferring too.As a new swing trader, familiar with basic market knowledge and terminology what reading material can you recommend?

  3. Scott Willingham says:

    Tim – really appreciate your input & the TT website. Is there a book you are referring to in Principle #4.

  4. Tim Justice says:

    Glad you enjoyed the post. This actually was a forward to a book I wrote in 2008. The charts and content are dated, but the principles remain.

  5. Elena Rusakova says:

    Great info. I needed that right now. Thanks.

  6. Jeff Price says:

    Tim, I’ve never felt like luck had much to do with any of the success I’ve had in trading. I definitely feel that all of these principles factored into each of my winning and losing trades. I also struggle with #4. It’s hard not to jump on a bandwagon when it comes to technical analysis and reading the markets…there are so many opinions out there and you have to be able to separate truth from fiction and fact from hype. One of the main reasons I am thankful for TT is it provides a solid source of experienced reason to keep us focused on the facts! That definitely equates to more success and money in our pockets.

  7. Paul Seward says:

    Any idea where that photo was taken?

  8. Tim Justice says:

    I don’t know where that photo was taken. Any guesses?


    Nice article Tim. Joined your Trading Labs. Looking forward to see you monday morning.

  10. PeterLuchsinger says:

    Thanks for the Keys to Success Tim.

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