Control your life by controlling your time: Part 1

What is time? What a silly philosophical question, right? Most of us would rather ask for the time than ponder it’s existence and meaning. Think of time like this: The train does not arrive at the station at 7:00PM, the train arrives at the station at the same moment the little hand reaches seven. The basic element of time is an event. Controlling your life means controlling your time aka the set of events in your life.

What’s the best example of someone who is out of control? A drug addict. They are no longer in control of their lives and are only reacting to their addiction, and the events surrounding their poor lifestyle. The best example of someone who is in complete control of their professional environments? A symphony conductor. Which a flick of a baton, an entire group of people respond and perform. Events fall into a control continuum of things we have control over and things we don’t.

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What are some events in which you have no control? The sunrise, tornadoes, the World Series, your height, your boss. How do you feel when you face events that you can’t control? Stressful, angry, fearful, and frustrated most likely..

Perhaps you’ve tried a dance class. For me, dancing is an out-of-control experience. When I joined my first class, I could not control my dance moves at first. Whenever I tried to imitate the other performers in the group, my body would do flail, twist, flop, or do something completely different, or sometimes nothing at all because of complete bewilderment! I must have control over how we can move our body, right?  But without practice I didn’t at first.

There is a surprising amount that we can control.control-of-events

Rate these events from 1-5 with 5 being the MOST in control. How would you describe the feeling when take control of the events that you have control over? Happy, exhilarated, powerful, confident, maybe even surprised most likely. Focusing on event control makes all the difference.

Part of the reason some of us fail to take control rests upon the conditioning we’ve been raised to accept. Take a circus elephant. These massive 5 ton animals are able to be bound and constrained by a silly rope attached to a stake. When the elephants are young, they believed they couldn’t move freely. The tethers in their minds were stronger than any chain or rope.

There are events we can’t control, but believe we can, and there are events we can control, but believe we can’t.

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HOW TO REACH THE NEXT STEP IN YOUR TRADING

The amount of people who should know how to trade by now is disgusting. Many traders study for years but become stuck chasing their tails. Having an edge is only a part of the equation for churning out profits consistently. You can devour trading material for a decade and still be in the red at the end of the day. You need to focus on developing the counter intuitive mindset that leads to success; the playbook that the majority of the masses use will not cut it. If you are not reaching your trading objectives, it is not due to the events or circumstances around you, bad luck or even volatile markets. It is because you create what you expect. How can someone achieve their objectives when they consciously and subconsciously sabotage their own process with excuses and bias? You may work your ever living ass off without producing a single dime, convincing yourself the whole time that you have the right strategy, the right mindset, and that all of your results are due to external circumstances. When you detach your ego and really dig deep down and examine the issue, you will find the missing commitment that is responsible for your void.

 

The Essence of Living Consciously

Romanticizing the past and worrying about the future all take us away from where we need to be. Living consciously means leaning into resistance and embracing the presence of now. We have the power to change when we let resistance work for us and not against us. When you don’t “feel” like doing what needs to be done, you can lean into the power of conviction for WHY it needs to be done. Resistance is a good thing; it means there’s an opportunity for change, and an opportunity to live a more conscious life.

A Lesson From My Piano Teacher That Changed My Life (And How It Can Change Yours Too)

Have you ever been good at something? I hope you have. Have you ever been exceptionally good at something? I hope this applies to you as well. The purpose of me writing this is because I never want you to doubt yourself and your abilities again. Right now you have doubts. Everyone does. If I told you that you have every right and every opportunity to change the world, have the healthiest and most loving relationships, be in the best shape of your life, experience true freedom from financial obligations and stress, and operate on time that YOU manage, would you doubt me? Naturally, the big whopping feats, the monster accomplishments, and super human skills we all want seem unobtainable. However I want you to look at what you’re good at today; what you own, what you completely dominate, and what you’re confident about. If you don’t have a reference like this, you need to dig deep. Einstein, one of the greatest geniuses to ever live said, “everyone is a genius at something”. Own your skills, own your abilities because they are yours. You did not arrive at your skill or level from mere accident, coincidence, or luck. No, you got where you are exactly how everyone else did. There is no substitute, no shortcuts, nor elixir that brings you to anything worth achieving. No one has the magical item. If they did, it would be the hottest selling product on the shelves today. It just does not exist, yet it is easy to sit back and act like it does; as if the hard work and effort that it takes to get colossal amounts of success come from mythical nothingness and is waved by wand like some fairy tale. I will tell you something mind blowing. We live in the real world, the one where you can make larger than life goals and have them reached. Take my piano teacher. I took lessons for five years under a master pianist named Jeremy. I never knew how getting forced by my parents to sit on an uncomfortable wooden chair every week in front of black and white keys would mark the beginning of my journey to success. If you’ve ever touched a piano or fiddled around, you know simple tunes can be played by ear with one hand. String together a couple of notes and you have, “Mary Had A Little Lamb”. Play around a bit more and you will manage to compose, “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and so on. Isolating one hand presents a mild challenge and it is nothing terribly difficult when you run through the melody to the point of mindless confidence. Playing piano with two hands, however, is an entirely different and phenomenally difficult beast. Playing piano with two hands is the easiest way to demonstrate that humans are not programmed to multitask. The timing and the rhythms of one hand actively screams against the other. They’re like an arguing couple. How does this relate to success and help you achieve the goals you’ve been holding back on? Well “attempting” anything without the work and dedication needed to nurture the process of mastery is like trying to play piano with two hands. You will not get it done. However, my piano teacher, Jermey, read music all the time, and could play as if performing a difficult piece took no more energy than breathing. Right before he died, I reached a high level of success with the piano as well, and it did not come from randomness or wishing to become better. No, it took practice and work. We all know about the laws of common sense around working hard and success, but it was more than just practice and work that got me to where I was. Jeremy taught me how a master practice; how an expert goes about perfecting their craft. You see, when you play piano you are not playing with two hands. You’re making both of your hands obey their rhythm under a single beat. Instead of a couple arguing angrily against each other, you have them both agree to a single and simple beat. 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &. Jermey would make me repeat boring, evenly spaced beats and count them out loud. Then I would play the right hand music as slow as possible, and I mean slow. It was like a snail taking vacation and every time it was ridiculous. I was stuck for almost 60 minutes counting, “One and Two and Three and Four and” while dragging through the musical piece. After I mastered one hand he would make me practice the left hand with the same routine, “One and Two and Three and Four and”. Every note had to land in a specific spot, or else he would make me start over and play it SLOWER and correctly ten times until I was ready to play it faster. Eventually, however, when I went back home and continued my practice I become better and better to point where playing was natural. What my piano teacher taught me was that success comes through repetition and consistency. In the beginning stages of the song, what I played sounded nothing like the finished product. Much like how you are today, you may not be able to envision yourself achieving what you deserve, but trust me, it is possible. It takes a faithful resilience and a dedication so strong to what you desire that you will become what you do. If you practice anything enough times you will become it. I never let my teacher die in vain and I take his lessons as a testimony for other areas of my life and you should to. Remember the things you are good and imagine the work and effort it took for you to get there. You already have the blueprint inside of you. No it’s time to take action and get it done.

The Top 3 Three Must-Know Principles every Trader Understands (If you don’t know these, you’re still a beginner!)

Throughout these posts, I’m going to be giving valuable tools to help your trading. Even if you don’t feel like you are a beginner, I promise you there will be something for you! This introduction is the foundation of what you absolutely need to know. Here we are going to cover,

1. Price Principles

Most you the viewers here are familiar with buying and selling goods. Price moves every day. Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a historical graph of, say the price of laptops, or shoes, or any particular item you wanted to buy? Well we do with investments. This is incredibly good news because it gives us reference point. The best reference point we have in the chart, and our chart is dictated by two things: Time and price. Very very very simple. However, charts can be represented with more detail. Candle sticks are a useful tool that most traders use to refine details of time and price on the chart.

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Let’s start with the body of the candle: this gives us the open and the close. The wick gives us range in which the stock moved.

Which Candle has the largest range?candle-stick-question An amazing amount of information is packed in every single one of these seemingly innocent candles. Hopefully, you chose the candle on the far left.

2.Trading Terminology

This candle below going up, so what type of candle is this, good or bad? Green is good right? You need to stop thinking like that! WRONG.

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Green is up, and is not better than red whatsoever. Red candles change in price 63% faster than green candles. Why? Because almost everyone believes green is good, so when the price falls, the masses fall with it. Use this to your advantage and learn to become a logical trader. Rather than using “good” and “bad” associations, experienced traders use the terms bullish and bearish to refer to the market. That’s it.

3.Entries, Stops, and Targets

There are three elements of every trade. Entry. Stop. Target. The first is the entry. My mentor once told me, you make your money when you enter a position. That’s a little different how most people think. Most people think they make their money when they exit a trade. However, the entry is where you gain the largest amount of profit potential. At work, when do we make the most money? When we clock in or when we clock out? In our case, it is when we get up early, beat traffic, get our coffee, and clock in. Why? Because much like when you want to maximize your hours on the clock by coming in early, when we enter a trade, we want to maximize the amount of profit before we take it.  You want to enter as close to the point where you are proven wrong as possible. Finding this point is difficult, and most traders would immediately increase their profits if they had a better idea of where this was.

A Man’s Purpose pt 1

What does it mean to be a man?  Go through the list and consider what options our culture has given us. A driver’s license, high school commencement, voting rights, employment, drinking rights, or possible marriage barely provide any meaningful elevation from boyhood. Modern American males possess few ceremonial means of formally marking their passage into their purpose as a man. The bar has been set too low and today you can find plenty of man children who can shave that have yet to make the transition.

Regardless of your belief, whether you are a secular atheist or a Buddhist, the economic and sociological benefits of Biblical values are infallibly sound. When men fulfill the purpose and design of men as the Bible has outlined it, humanity thrives, and when men reject the space that men are designed to fill, the world burns. Why do I say this? Take a dive into the the very first book, Genesis, chapter 2 and verse 15, “The Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” Here, we can see even early on, even in paradise before sin, God gave man the duty to harvest and to work. This is why lazy men are so damaging to humanity. We are designed to work. The perfect man is the working man.

Our secular society today could learn a great deal from other ancient traditions as well. To understand where to start, we must look towards rites of passage. Even as little tads, children of the ancient days were expected to prepare themselves for their initiation. An African proverb sums it up best, “it takes a village to raise a child”: this is an entire social force focused on every individual; the essence of a community.

The basic formula of a rite of passage is explained by an anthropologist named Arnold van Gennep. This formula breaks the passage up into three stages: an end (severance from childhood), and middle (threshold), and a beginning (incorporation into manhood). Unlike anything else, notice how a rite of passage begins with an ending and ends with a beginning. An excellent example most people are familiar with is the process of becoming a member of the armed forces. The recruit gets cut off from society and their previous civilian life, they’re trained and challenged in boot camp, and then they graduate as a lean, mean, freedom-defending machine.

 

 

My Story

This is me: my story. I don’t believe in free time. My mission is to leave this world better than when I left it, and every day I find ways to maximize my time to make this happen. The closest thing to free time for me is sleep and creating/maintaining healthy relationships with other people.
The potential to become financially free is the greatest motivation I have. Not only will I have the power to help myself, but I will have the power to help other people and help make this world a better place.
I know what it takes to be successful at anything, and I want to become successful at trading or I will die trying.
I want to be debt-free,live in downtown Atlanta, have an office walking distance from my apartment, and have a reliable vehicle.
I wake up, read the bible, get dressed and ready, go to work, go to school, study, trade the forex market, watch videos on how to trade, write a blog post or create a presentation about trading, prepare for the next day, sleep, and repeat.

I’ve had 7 jobs and started two businesses over the course of my life, and I am only 20 years old. Hustle is in my DNA. My parents were/are hustlers; they both grew up poor and now they are middle class. I grew up from a blessed situation as a lower middle class American. I always lived in the middle class mindset that we are all familiar with. As a kid I did not know any better, it’s just how I was raised. Nonetheless, my parents were enormous advocates of Dave Ramsey, and his philosophy of saving money, living debt free, and planning for retirement. Growing up with around this mentality made basic finance almost common sense. However, when I was 14 years old I found inspiration at an early age from a book by Robert Kiyosaki, entitled Rich Dad Poor Dad. This book changed my life and my perspective entirely. The idea of becoming an entrepreneur was opened up to me. These people are just mythically entitled to money. No they created value in the market place and the economy rewarded them for it. Radical paradigm shifting ideas. My dad also gave me $100 dollars to play around with in the stock market, and I doubled the amount within 6-8 months. From that point, I saw what was possible and was never the same.
I’ve also experienced addiction in my life. I discovered porn around the age of 9, and it didn’t really become a large problem until I had my own technology around the age of 14 up until about 16 years old. I was arrested for smoking weed at 18 years old, and to cope with probation I smoked tobacco. About a year later, I took up vaping because it was healthier, but I’ve been off of nicotine entirely for about 5 months now.

Whirling in a torrent of Inspiration (SURPRISE QUESTION AT THE END)

I could go on and on and on and on, but I will save you the lengthy preface, body, and eulogy and get right to the meat. One tangent I stumbled upon today dealt with the stock market. My blog does deal with success and finance after all. However, a post was made on Reddit about how you could take 9 randomly generated stock charts and a real one, throw them in a pile, and you would not be able to tell the difference or find the true stock chart. This then lead me to hunt in Wikipedia and soon after I found the Turing Test, and then I found ELIZA, and then I found the script for ELIZA. The Turing Test is a set of philosophical questions to determine whether or not machines or artificially intelligent programs can think like human beings. ELIZA was a program developed in the 1960s by a psychologist named George Bernard Shaw, and the gist of the program was: a psychiatric patient was to communicate via text to this program, and based on keywords that the person gave, the program would generate a response. Almost all of the patients who were diagnosed by ELIZA believed there was a real human on the backend of the responses.  When they were told it was a program, they simply refused to believe the conductors of the experiment. The philosophical implications can be discussed here for many, many posts, but I will save you the headache and present you with this question. Many of us work professions and jobs and can all relate to the term, “unconsciously proficient”. Much like how you can drive a car with ease, there are some areas of your life where you know how to do things with a level of unthinking mastery. What is the difference between someone who is unconsciously proficient and a machine that could automate what you do? 

I seriously want you to ponder this.

My response: I believe there is barely any difference, if any between the two. Although humans are more than just machines, we have programming inside of us that gets tweaked, reworked, and perfected. Now let’s use the driving example because it is an example we can all relate to. I believe few things in this universe are truly and wholly perfect. Let’s say you can program a machine to engage the accelerator pedal at the “perfect” time or press the breaks with the “perfect” amount of force, it would still be an imperfect mechanism. However, in order to drive, you do not need to drive exactly at 65 mph on the highway, or break at an exact time before every red light. You just need to get to your destination. The programming that you use when you drive is not a perfect system. I don’t believe there is one; even for our theoretical self-driving machine. The process we use is not perfect, but modular, and I would argue that we reach a level of “perfection” that suites our purpose. Once this level is reached, I do not believe there is any difference, if any between an unconsciously proficient process and an automated machine.

The Essence Living Consciously

Romanticizing the past and worrying about the future all take us away from where we need to be. Living consciously means leaning into resistance and embracing the presence of now. We have the power to change when we let resistance work for us and not against us. When you don’t “feel” like doing what needs to be done, you can lean into the power of conviction for WHY it needs to be done. Resistance is a good thing; it means there’s an opportunity for change, and an opportunity to live a more conscious life.

What you can do in 15 minutes everyday that will surprise you

We all know the feeling of having unchecked boxes on our to-do list. If only we could will these tasks into completing themselves, then we would be happier and have more clarity during our day. I want to place grave emphasis on the weight we feel on our shoulders when our productivity suffers. The first step to becoming more fulfilled is imagining this weight being taken off. Completely. Now forget thinking in numerical steps and forget everything you know about motivation and take 10 seconds to tell yourself what the outcome is. Why on earth are you doing these tasks, and how can you benefit from them? GO!

*No cheating*

1 Mississippi

2 Mississippi

3 Mississippi

etc. . .

Once you have a concrete idea for the purpose of each task, the process to complete them will develop almost automatically.

Now what about those wondrous fifteen minutes I alluded to in the introduction sentence? Fifteen minutes is not much time, right? Wrong. Any and every increment of time has value, and extracting 900 seconds their fullest potential will make your day extremely useful.

1. Try the Scientific Seven Minute Workout. Can you really get a good workout in just seven minutes? According to the New York Times, yes, you can. The Seven Minute Workout is backed by research, and it consists of 12 exercises performed in rapid succession.7-minute scientific workout

Going through all 12 exercises takes only 7 minutes, and all you need is your own body weight and a chair. Follow along with the video below (I tried it; it’s hard, but doable):

2. Meditate. Meditating is easier than you think. Although most people equate meditation with sitting cross-legged on a mountaintop for hours on end, all you need is a comfortable chair, a quiet space, and a few minutes.

Here’s an easy ten minute guided meditation you can follow along with in order to get started:

3. Read a Book for 15 Minutes. Here are some scary statistics:

  • Only 14 percent of adults with a grade-school education read literature in 2002.
  • 51 percent of the American population never reads a book more than 400 pages long after they complete their formal education.
  • The average American watches 32 hours of TV every week.

There are many, many more I can list; however, I kept things short and simple. So what’s your excuse? Let’s crush it today maximize our time for 900 seconds!