The Calm Trader 1.10: 31st December 2002
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The main theme of The Calm Trader this quarter is 'vantage points'.
A 'vantage point' is the place where you are coming from. It is certainly easier to have empathy with another if you can envision where they are coming from.
Our 'vantage points' can strongly influence our lives by determining that little part of reality we actually perceive; and how we respond to our limited perceptions.
So being able to change vantage points, or perhaps even better, simultaneously hold more than one vantage point, means that you can perceive things that otherwise would be hidden from you. Perhaps one aspect of wisdom is no more than ability, and a deliberate choice, to flex 'vantage points' and enjoy the success that follows.
Certainly trading results of the more successful traders known to TradersCALM seem to benefit enormously from simultaneously employing a range of 'vantage points' - Kaizan is drawn from the more successful clients of TradersCALM.
But the less successful clients have something to teach us - for they also have two common characteristics - Blinkered is based on four short case studies each with 'vantage point' implications.
Web-site Story is about why the www.traderscalm.com web-site is slowly getting a face-lift based on vantage point considerations.
Finally responsibility, inspired by a client case study, is perhaps an insight into why one personal attribute has always been a key requirement of successful trading.
TradersCALM hopes you enjoy any learning process.
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