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Tackle Today: Focus on What You Can Control

June 2, 2021

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Ignore the rest


When I was a novice investor, I worried about things outside of my control. Moreover, I would give them power over my emotions. It was pure idiocy. Why should my state of mind depend on factors I can’t influence – such as whether the market rises or falls on any given day, or the size of market returns for the year?

As time passed, I wised up by learning the best investors focus on what they can control. That includes my savings rate, the frequency of my investments, buying the lowest-cost funds to minimize friction, holding my positions long enough to allow compounding to work its magic, not panicking during bear markets, continuing to invest when volatility rears its head, maxing out retirement accounts every year to get tax-deferred or tax-free growth, and dedicating myself to lifelong learning to stay on top of the best practices.

I say again, I’m in complete control of everything I just listed.

Now think about what you can and can’t control as a trader. You can follow your rules, buy at the optimal times, move stop losses appropriately, follow best practices for stock selection, position size properly to avoid unnecessarily large losses, build and abide by smart risk management protocols, and finally, never quit.

You can’t control market movements, which trades win, the news, or overnight gaps.

Consider today’s message your nudge to focus on what you can control. Ignore the rest.


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