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Trading So You Think You Can Trade?

Discussion in 'Shares' started by Tropo, 9th Oct, 2009.

  1. Tropo

    Tropo Well-Known Member

    17th Aug, 2005
    Taken from “SO YOU THINK YOU CAN TRADE?” by...Janice Dorn

    Trading is simple, but it is not easy.
    Successful trading and investing are skills that combine both art and science and take time, patience, perseverance and courage.
    In order to achieve and master these skills, one must progress on a path that is mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. For many, this is the most difficult journey ever taken.
    Start where you are, and understand that it is about the process, that time takes time, and that the rewards are worth it if you just keep going with passion. Without passion, why bother?
    There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure…Colin L. Powell

    Every trader must climb the four rungs of the Ladder of Learning, and must do this one step at a time.
    You cannot skip a step, but if you let your guard down and do not continue to study and practice, you can and will fall down a step or two.
    What do I mean by the Ladder of Learning and the four steps necessary to achieve trading mastery?
    In this case (and putting all learning theories and the neuroanatomical bases for them aside for now), I am referring specifically to the four stages of trading competence:
    unconscious incompetence,
    conscious incompetence,
    conscious competence
    and unconscious competence.
    Somewhere in your make-up, there lies sleeping, the seed of achievement which, if aroused and put into action, would carry you to heights such as you may never have hoped to attain…Napoleon Hill

    Stage (1) Unconscious Incompetence:
    You don't know that you don't know, and you don't know what you don't know—aka "Ignorance is bliss."
    At this first stage of your trading, you are not aware of the existence of, or need for, specific trading skills.
    You don’t know what you don’t know, including that you have any deficiencies (since you don't know that there are any specific trading skills).
    Denial may come into play here as well, as you may think that such skills are unnecessary or not useful, and all you have to do is to subscribe to a service or hotline, or jump on the next "hot" pick, and money will come rolling into your account.
    In order to move to the second stage, you must overcome your denial and become consciously aware of your incompetence. Without taking this next step, you will not progress, no new skill will be acquired, and there will be no learning.

    Stage (2) Conscious Incompetence:
    You know that you don't know, but you are not entirely sure what you don't know.
    At this stage, you become aware that trading is a skill that exists, is practiced by many, and is relevant to your success.
    You also become aware of your deficiencies in this area by attempting to trade or practicing how to trade. This is the stage in which you begin to figure out how much you don't know.
    Successful traders will, at some point during this stage of the learning process, make a commitment to learn. They will make a commitment to study, to be teachable and to practice, practice and practice until they know what they didn’t know before.
    Once you have done the same, you will be ready to progress to the third stage.

    Stage (3) Conscious Competence:
    You know what you know, and you can trade, but you have to think about it.
    During this stage, the skill of trading can be performed reliably, consistently and at will. However, you have to concentrate a lot, and think a lot, in order to do it. It is not second nature, nor is it automatic.
    At this stage, you are totally open to more learning, but you are not able to teach anyone else how to do it. The only way to proceed from this stage to the final stage is to practice more and more until… day you have reached the fourth stage.

    Stage (4) Unconscious Competence:
    You know how to do it, and don't have to think about it. You just do it.
    At this stage, the act and process of trading consolidates within the memory and pattern recognition areas of your brain—it becomes second nature.
    If you are really good at it, you can trade and do other things at the same time. (I do not recommend this, however.) Certain people at this stage are capable of teaching others, but this is not universal.
    In fact, it may be more difficult to teach at this stage since the skill has become largely instinctual.
    It is at this stage when, if someone asks you how you knew to do that, you have to pause, think and say, "I don't really know. I just did it." This is trading mastery.
    Yet there is another, final and seldom discussed stage that goes beyond this.

    That stage is called conscious-unconscious competence.
    Those who have reached this stage are the best teachers, and they are rare and difficult to find. Find one of these people to guide and support you if you really want to learn how to trade.
    Champions execute the fundamentals with unconscious competence. That means they've practiced the moves so many times in the past that they can do them almost perfectly without thinking about it.
    When you can perform brilliantly without thinking, you can perform at a very high level…June Jones (head football coach, University of Hawaii Warriors)
    Janice Dorn, MD, PhD - Neuropsychological Trading Coach
  2. TraderBob

    TraderBob New Member

    26th Oct, 2009
    Great post!