Thursday, March 24, 2016

Why do people get attracted to trading?

Work 9 to 5. Be responsible. Love your family. Do your job the best that you can. Work as hard as you can. Spend wisely. Save for the future. Postpone that trip around the world for another year. Hey, that's what retirement is for, isn't it? Try to earn as much as you can. But no matter how hard you try, it just keeps getting a tad more difficult every year, doesn't it? Ever wondered about the pointlessness of it all? I think the following image captures it pretty well.

Story of most of our lives, isn't it? And if you are stuck in a job that you don't like, it's all the more worse. Trust me, I know what I am talking about. And "don't like" is an understatement. I guess that is one of the main reasons why most of us are attracted to trading. People think its the rush that you get or the gambling or get rich quickly aspect of it that makes people addicted to trading. But I don't think that's the only reason or even the main reason. Most of us are smarter than that.

We want the freedom that one gets from trading. The control over our own lives that it gives us. The ability to make our own decisions. And yes, we fully understand that our decisions have big consequences and contrary to what most arm chair psychologists think (actually, aren't they ALL armchair psychologists??), most of us are willing to take responsibility for our own actions. We want the ability to take a day off when we want. The ability to work from home. The ability to spend more time with the family. The ability to not get away from the dreaded commute. The ability to live our lives on our own terms. This is what gets most of us attracted towards trading. That's the dream. Its not the get rich quick or the adrenaline rush. Common, we are smarter than that.

But you readers know, that for most of us this story does not have a happy ending. More of that later.

Take care and good luck! 

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