Adventures Of A Trader
Time flies, doesn’t it?
It’s hard to believe that just 11 years ago I was still stuck in the corporate rat race, working for IBM.
I was working 60-80 hours a week, thinking that I had “job security.” – What an illusion!
10 years ago I was still living in Munich, Germany, wondering if I will ever be able to retire comfortably and to enjoy the things that really matter in life.
And now – just 10 short years later – I’m living right at Lake Travis in Austin, TX. As I am writing these lines, I’m sitting on my deck overlooking the pool. It’s December, but the temperature are still in the upper 70s, and I’m feeling the warm sun on my face. Behind the pool I see the sail boats gracefully gliding through the lake. The kids are 8 and 10 years old now, and they are playing with Riley, our border collie.
Over the past 11 years I have been able to focus on trading and achieve what many would call “The American Dream.” I am my own boss now, and life is good.
But it hasn’t been easy to get to this point. Trading is tough, and it took me a while to figure out what it REALLY takes to become a trader.
Years ago, when I started trading, I thought all I needed was a “profitable trading strategy” – or a “trading system with a proven track record.” And I would spend a lot of money, time and effort on buying trading courses, strategies, systems, books – just to realize that they did NOT help growing my trading account.
I wasted a lot of time and money and did not realize, that the missing piece of the puzzle was right in front of me, hiding in plain sight! I was too busy trying to find “the good stuff” by attending webinars, seminars, reading eBooks and wasting countless hours on the Internet.
Do you know the feeling when you finally discover the solution to a problem that you’ve been battling with for so many years, and then you wonder why you didn’t see it earlier? The “Duh” moment when everything finally comes together, the fog is lifted and you can now clearly see what you’ve done wrong? When you ask yourself “how could I waste so many years?”
Over the next few days I want to tell you about the adventures of a trader – MY adventures. I want to share with you why I left the corporate world 11 years ago, moved 5,621 miles from Munich to Austin, TX to become a trader, how I struggled and the important lessons learned from these experiences, and how I finally “got it.”
On the left side you will see the links to several “chapters” of this book, and I invite you to join me on my journey. And no, this is NOT a “look-at-me-I-am-so-awesome” story. In fact, often it’s not glamorous at all! I will openly confess the mistakes that I made, how I lost a lot of money and wiped out my account several times, and how stupid I was falling for all the false promises of the “trading gurus”, wasting a lot of time and money!
I am convinced that often you might see yourself in this story, and I hope that my story will help you to avoid some of the mistakes that I made – and save you some time and money!
And maybe my story will help you to achieve YOUR dreams – whatever they might be.