The road less traveled by
Robert Frost ends one of his poems:
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
Presuming a self-reflected life, an absolute precursor for a successful trading career holds the reward that with age comes knowledge about oneself.
The hard work peals the onion and reveals one's mysteries.
It is these mysteries that are needed for consistent trade execution.
In short, as a trader, you need to know who you are for proper trade execution since the market will always exploit one's weakest link.
These facts result in multiple pitfalls.
-Rewards come at the very end.
-The learning curve is steep and extended and is all about being honest with oneself.
-One doesn't get an emotional break since everything is self-directed.
-There are no rewards in between.
This harsh extended learning curve requires befriending rewards in other forms than financial freedom.
One needs to find a way to welcome the process itself and not the idea of arriving.
Random lottery winners typically find themselves within five years in a worse financial situation than before they won millions.
After all, money is just energy, allowing recipients to express themselves more.
Trading is shaping up who you are in the process of mastering this skill set.
No time is lost.
Not only do you acquire mastery to tap into an endless well of money supply, but you also like the person you find in yourself to spend it with.