Make Mistakes to be profitable trader

By | October 9, 2014

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You have to be willing to make mistakes regularly; there is nothing wrong with it. “My Guru taught me about making your best judgment, being wrong, making your next best judgment, being wrong, making your third best judgment, and then doubling your money.”

 

“It doesn’t matter how often you are right or wrong — what matters is how much you make when you are right, versus how much you lose when you are wrong.” — George Soros

In many ways trading is remarkably different from any other profession. Imagine if doctors, lawyers, or company executives were encouraged to “make mistakes” on a regular basis. (They do make mistakes of course. They just can’t admit them, let alone be open about them.)

Because our culture is so screwed up in general in respect to making mistakes, most would-be traders and investors wind up approaching the game all wrong. They think the purpose is to be “right” or “correct,” when in truth these terms have little bearing on P&L at the end of the day and may in fact be detrimental.

The final irony is how many traders refuse to admit “mistakes” in terms of flexibly adjusting market calls — they must go down with the ship that is their original view — and yet casually fudge in areas of process where one should never make mistakes, like neglecting stop placement, position sizing guidelines, and risk control.

What is your perception of mistakes in terms of the trading and investing process? Perhaps the terminology should be changed?

3 thoughts on “Make Mistakes to be profitable trader

  1. Rajiv Jamwal

    One thing I have noticed during my two and half years career in trading FNO, it takes years of study and, experience, to adapt one self to a Profitable Traders mental setup.I must admit, right now I lack this. Behavioural Science says that given the same set of conditions, one will keep on repeating the same mistake again n again and this is what a NOVICE trader indulges in.After market hours, we all decide/intend/aspire to be very decisive trow but in front of the screen all such resolves evaporate and we land ourselves up in the same cesspool of mistakes.Reason is we enter the market without a strategy and act like a punter.In this way, we loose the major part of the trend in just understanding the direction of the trend and by the time we actually load ourselves on the bandwagon, trend loosens/reverses.So with proper stop loss, we shud be ready for both the sides of movement of the market and take the plunge accordingly . AND for freshers NIFTY is the best bet to trade on. Stocks futures is very time consuming to analyse and track where as NIFTY is easy to monitor, less volatile and easy to comprehend .Believe me ,it works………..

  2. Archana Y

    Let alone admitting the mistake ( to oneself! Of course you are not answerable to anyone but your ownself) but NOT learning from the mistake and making the same mistake over and over again would be the biggest mistake

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