Trader’s journey from losing trader to winning Trader

  • We accumulate information. We learn by buying books, asking questions,  going to seminars and researching what really works in trading.
  • We begin to trade with our new-found knowledge.
  • We make profits only to give it back very quickly, realizing that we may need more knowledge or information.
  • We accumulate more information.
  • We switch the stocks we are currently following and trading.
  • We go back into the market and trade with our better system; this time it will work.
  • We lose even more money and begin to lose of confidence that we can be traders. The reality of losing money sets in.
  • We start to listen to other traders and what works for them.
  • We go back into the market and continue to lose more money.
  • We completely switch our style and method.
  • We search for more information.
  • We go back into the market and start to see a little progress.
  • We get over-confident in a single trade, and take on a big position thinking it is a sure thing.
  • We start to understand that trading successfully is going to take more time and more knowledge than we ever anticipated. Most people give up at this point.
  • We get serious and start concentrating on learning a real methodology.
  • We trade our methodology with some success, but realize that something is missing.
  • We begin to understand the need for having rules to apply our methodology.
  • We take a sabbatical from trading to develop and research our trading rules.
  • We start trading again with our rules, and although we find some success, we still hesitate when we execute.
  • We add, subtract, and modify rules to become more proficient in our trading.
  • We feel we are close to crossing the threshold of successful trading.
  • We start to take responsibility for our trading results, as we understand that our success is in us, not the methodology.
  • We continue to trade and become more proficient with our methodology and our rules.
  • As we trade, we have a tendency to violate our rules and our results are still erratic.
  • We know we are close.
  • We go back and research our rules.
  • We build the confidence in our rules, and go back into the market to trade.
  • Our trading results are getting better, but we are still hesitating in executing our rules.
  • We now see the importance of following our rules as we see the results when we don’t do so.
  • We begin to see that our lack of success is within us, and we begin to work on knowing ourselves better.
  • We continue to trade, and the market teaches us more and more about ourselves.
  • We master our methodology and our trading rules.
  • We begin to consistently make money.
  • We get a little over-confident and the market humbles us.
  • We continue to learn from our mistakes.
  • We learn smaller positions and dial down our emotions so we can trade smaller and be more disciplined.
  • We learn that risk management is one of the biggest keys to winning as a trader.
  • We stop thinking and allow our rules to trade for us, and our trading account continues to grow as we increase our position size as our account grows.
  • We are making more money than we ever dreamed possible.
  • We go on with our lives and accomplish many of the goals we had always dreamed of.


  1. Rajiv said:

    Yeah– These dos and donts are all the part of rules and mkt punishes heavily for its violations. If Trader is able to cut down his loss, then no body can stop him from emerging as a successful trader as mkt gives opportunities to every one.Problem is most of us too weak mnded to put the sl or cut a loss making position. It took me 2 years and complete counselling to come out of this mental bloc. Result now i am enjoying my trading and look forward to the daily trading again

    May 17, 2015
  2. Bramesh said:

    Thanks All !!

    May 17, 2015
  3. vivek dhokare said:

    Thanks for your guidance

    May 16, 2015
  4. Babubhai Patel said:

    Sir, we learned a lot from your trading lessions /physyology and your articles. Thanks for updates, and time to time giving guidance.

    May 16, 2015
  5. Yusuf patel said:

    System is must….
    Gut feeling would be meaningful ONLY AFTER one follows the system religiously…

    May 16, 2015
  6. Durga Prasad said:

    Excellent………I lost as of now..50laks..but come to know more about myself…Trading take me to my knee. And helps to change my mindset about myself. I am still not making money but on the way to win by loosing more…

    It’s not over until I win………………….

    May 16, 2015
  7. Nat El said:

    Anju, it is wise NOT to look what happened AFTER the SL has been triggered. You did what you thought was in accordance with your knowledge. You believed in your self. SL was triggered. FULL STOP. Market always gives you another opportunity to traade. wait for that opportunity. Until then your money is in your pocket…..not blocked because you did NOT put a SL. Regards

    May 16, 2015
  8. rajveer said:

    You have covered them all. My question is instinct vs system, which would you trust? The system is usually right more often than not.

    May 15, 2015
  9. arun said:

    This article is very for encouraging trader like me to move up in the ladder

    May 15, 2015
  10. arun said:

    Very true Bramhesh sir
    very nice article

    May 15, 2015
  11. Yusuf patel said:

    Every trader will find his/her place along this ladder….
    Regarding stop-loss once it’s hit one should be out of that trade… Nine out of ten times trader will save money….
    Care should be taken to place it below recent support with risk management system in place…

    May 15, 2015
  12. mufochauhan said:

    thanks brameshji, from your wright up i consider i am at mid way of my trader journey. how-many more time my account will be wash up, i don’t know. thanks for sharing your knowledge.

    May 15, 2015
  13. Anju Thadani said:

    I have observed sumtimes stop loss gets trigger but again price goes up and achieve target but sumtimes after the stop loss triggers, the price slightly goes up then suddenly comes down. so what should be done? we need to exit the moment it hits the stop loss or wait for the price movement above or below the stop loss

    May 15, 2015

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