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 author: , MBA, CMT, is a veteran full-time stock market investor who has traded his own account since 1989 unburdened by the distraction of clients. He holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, is a past president of the Technical Securities Analysts Association (TSAA), and is a Chartered Market Technician (CMT). After several successful entrepreneurial business ventures, Gatis retired in his early 40s to focus on investing in the financial markets. With consistent success as a stock market trader, he began teaching investments at the post-college level in 2000 and continues to do so today. Learn More
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