Keeping a Positive Perspective

The Apiary Fund has a goal.  We want every associate who joins our community to become a consistent and profitable trader.  The road our associates travel is marked with several milestones along the way.  Sometime is easy to lose the perspective of progress along the way.

I am reminded of a story about two boys who were digging a hole in front of their home. As they were digging, one of boys came up with an idea.

“What if we could dig a hole all the way through the earth and come out the other side?”

After some discussion, they decided to give it a try and started shoveling with great earnest.

Meanwhile, a few of the neighbor kids noticed the hole they were digging and, out of curiosity, came over to see what was going on.

“What are you doing?” asked one of the neighborhood kids.

“We’re going to dig a hole all the way through the Earth!” answered both of the boys excitedly.

The neighbor kids began to laugh and told the boys that digging all the way through the Earth was impossible. The boys were clearly disappointed with the lack of support from their peers.

However, after a minute of silence and reflection, excitement returned to the eyes of one of the boys and he picked up a jar full of spiders, worms, and insects.   The boy removed the lid and showed the contents of the jar to the scoffing kids, “Well, maybe we can and maybe we can’t, but even if we can’t, you should see some of the cool stuff we’re finding on the way!”

As you work and toil in pursuit of the Apiary Fund goals, there are three lessons we can learn from the boys who tried digging through the earth:

Never underrate the value of your progress.  Reaching the goal is not the ultimate measure of success.  There is great success in the progress.  There is great satisfaction in the milestones.  There is great joy in the journey.  Here is one of my favorite quotes:

“Life is like an old time rail journey…delays…sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling burst of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.” (Gordon B. Hinckley, 1910-2008)

Don’t surrender to negativity.  No matter what progress you’ve made in your goal, not everyone will see the full vision of your success. But you don’t have to surrender to their negativity.

Pick up treasures along the way. It’s important to remember as you pursue your goals that you can pick up a lot of “cool” things in the course of your journey.  I remember wishing I had a mentor who could take me under his wing and show me everything I needed to know to become a successful trader.  The fact is, I had many mentors and they all gave me treasures of wisdom that has benefited me in great measure throughout my life.

Learning to trade is a journey – an old rail journey – full of bumps and jolts and dust and smoke.  The unpleasantness of the journey is also part of the marvel.  It’s part of what makes the journey unique.  In fact, it only helps elevate the magnificence of the success.  Sure, others may scoff and poke fun, but successful traders look beyond the naysayers and keep a positive perspective.

Author: Shawn Lucas |

About Shawn Lucas

Shawn Lucas is the founder and fund manager at Apiary Fund. He began his career as a broker for Fidelity and Charles Schwab where he worked the trading desk and processed orders for high net worth investors. An expert in the field of technical and economic analysis of the financial markets, Lucas has since established his reputation as a thought leader and guest speaker for several financial companies including Reuters and TD Ameritrade. He has traveled extensively throughout the world providing lectures, training, consulting, and expert testimony to companies and individuals on the art and science of financial analysis. Lucas has authored sixteen books and studies on the use of technical and economic analysis in stock, option, and futures trading. His simple and methodical approach to the markets has helped thousands of investors better understand and improve their performance and profitability in the financial markets.

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2 Responses to Keeping a Positive Perspective

  1. Eckhard Mueller January 24, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    Thanks for this great article, Shawn. This is exactly the motivation I need in the moment. :-)
    Best regards from Germany
    Eckhard

  2. R Frank January 24, 2013 at 9:45 pm #

    Hey Shawn, very timely and down to earth article! Often in the fifteen years trading, or attempting to trade, I find myself locked away, not wanting to socialise or have a normal life outside of trading. It seems that we have such a strong desire and dream to be successful that we can give up everything else for it. Your reminder- to enjoy the journey, not only focusing on the success goal- might be something to print and hang on my office wall…thx

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