The Traders Journal

An Investor Finds Motivation, Camaraderie, Discipline & Inspiration in a Unique Place



Trading camaraderie provides inspiration and motivation, but it does not always emanate from fellow traders.  The quest to become a consistently profitable trader demands ongoing discipline, and I often find that in unlikely places.  

I spent half my life being a business entrepreneur and the last 25 plus years engaging that same set of mind skills as an entrepreneurial trader.  By that, I simply mean that I am my own boss, keep my own hours, and get by on a paycheck that’s produced from my own investing skill set.  All reasons I love being a trader.

Back to the discipline, motivation, camaraderie and inspiration thing.  My reading armchair at home looks directly across Lake Washington and into the windows of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks headquarters.  The Seahawks obviously have an exceptional organization that’s produced extraordinary results.  That motivates me in many ways.  When I get up early and see their lights on as well, I feel a sense of camaraderie with greatness.  Sometimes, when it’s late, I’ll sit and read until I see their lights go off.  I, too, aspire to achieve greatness in my own arena.  

I feel like I have company.  I like to think we are both exercising our discipline to achieve excellence.  I challenge you – my fellow investors – to discover your own source of inspiration.  Just be open to the fact that it may be lurking in some unexpected places.
Trade well; trade with discipline!
-- Gatis Roze  

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Gatis Roze
About the authors: , CMT, holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is a past president of the Technical Securities Analysts Association (TSAA). He is also the co-author of Tensile Trading: The 10 Essential Stages of Stock Market Mastery (Wiley, 2016). A full-time investor for over 25 years, Gatis has taught sold-out investment courses throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond since 2000. Learn More

Grayson Roze
is the author of Trading for Dummies (Wiley, 2017) and Tensile Trading: The 10 Essential Stages of Stock Market Mastery (Wiley, 2016). He has worked in the financial services industry for since 2012, and now serves as the Business Manager for the company. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College. Learn More
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Thank you for all the great posts Gatis! I get my inspiration from those who inspire greatness such Eric Thomas, Les Brown, Darren Hardy & Jim Rohn. And of coarse your writings inspire me for trading greatness! My performance actually skyrocketed when I gave up going to FB trading groups, Stocktwits etc. There was less noise in my life so I could contemplate and focus on trading greatness. Take care and have a fantastic weekend Gatis! Cheers, Dan
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