CMU: If you don’t know how to be wrong, you shouldn’t be in the market

By Jani Ziedins | Free CMU

Apr 22

Cracked.Market University

Some of the worst behaviors come out when people hide behind anonymous handles on the internet. These trolls use the cover of anonymity to say things they would never have the courage to do in person. Yet somehow, this has become the normal way of interacting online.

One of the most frequent abuses in trading circles is taunting someone for making a wrong trading call. When a person shares an idea, a certain segment of the community eagerly looks forward to crucifying them if that call turns out wrong. While this vulgar act tells us very little about the skill of the person that made the incorrect call, it speaks volumes about the critic’s trading abilities.

Every savvy trader learned early in their career mistakes and losing money are normal parts of this game. They understand trading successfully means being wrong…a lot. The difference between the sophisticated trader and these trolls is the sophisticated trader doesn’t think anything of being wrong. To them, a mistake is a mistake and nothing more. Take the loss, learn from it, and move on.

Savvy traders most certainly don’t taunt anyone for a trading call that doesn’t work out. They learned a long time ago some trades simply don’t work out and the outcome of any individual trade is not an indication of a person’s abilities. They took a chance and it didn’t work out. Nothing more, nothing less. And just as important, when they are right, instead of gloating, they recognize they could have just as easily been on the losing end.

If you see someone criticizing another person for making a wrong call, that tells you the critic doesn’t have a clue how successful trading actually works. If a person believes there is nothing more important than being right or wrong, that person clearly doesn’t understand what it takes to be successful in the market.

If you find yourself on the receiving end of these attacks, shrug it off. It is obvious the troll attacking you knows even less about trading than you do and their opinion doesn’t matter. The most successful traders are the most modest because they have been on the losing end of more trades than they can count. Only novices make a big deal out of individual trades.

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About the Author

Jani Ziedins (pronounced Ya-nee) is a full-time investor and financial analyst that has successfully traded stocks and options for nearly three decades. He has an undergraduate engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines and two graduate business degrees from the University of Colorado Denver. His prior professional experience includes engineering at Fortune 500 companies, small business consulting, and managing investment real estate. He is now fortunate enough to trade full-time from home, affording him the luxury of spending extra time with his wife and two children.