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Smart Bees During Fall

Fall is here and this is the last chance for bees to prepare their winter supplies. Flowers are rare, wind is getting stronger and temperature drops. It’s not a good condition to collect honey. As a smart species, during hard time like this; specially in cold, rain ,or windy, bees will stay in their hive. They don’t want to take high risk moves that give them very little benefit.
During the Fall, bees fix all cracks on the hive and reduce entrance size using propolis. It’s a smart action for little bugs. The egg laying of the queen bee tapers off or stops completely as the temperature drops. As the temperature getting colder, the bees will form tight cluster to keep the brood (eggs, larvae, pupae) warm. Bees are smart and hard working creature , but they emphasize smart above hard work. When the weather is too windy or cold, bees will stay in the hive. During winter, bees will form cluster to warm each other, the colder the weather the tighter the cluster.
Same like bees, traders should observe the market prior to trading execution. We need to recognize profitable trading hours, understand market volatility, plan trade strategy, know pair characteristics, etc. For example, when the market is quiet and in consolidation pattern, it’s not a good ‘weather’ to trade breakout strategy. It is wiser to stay out of market and make preparation for incoming volatility. Same like bee; bee’s job is to find flower and collect nectar, not grow the flowers. Trader’s job is to identify market trend and volatility, not to move the market.
Traders are supposed to work smart same as bees, not only work hard. Trading is supposed to be something to enjoy, not stress up.

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Healthy Trader

Every work field has their own health risk issues. Trading field is not exception. Working in front of monitor for hours to understand chart and news, analyze trend, set up strategies,etc; may expose a trader to substantial health risks.
Since traders mostly spend hours in front of monitor(s) and do not physically active; it is highly recommended for them to spend at least 30 minutes per day for exercise:

  • a minimum of 2-1/2 hours per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, for example, brisk walking for 30 minutes a day, five days a week, or
  • minimum of 1-1/4 hours per week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, or
  • combine both.

Then, give your eyes a break once an hour during your workday. Rest your eyes 10 minutes for every 50 minutes spent in front of monitor. If your eyes feel overly tired, lie down and place cooling cucumber slices over your eyelids. The monitor position should be located nor closer than 70 cm from the trader’s eye and lighting should not cause any glare on the monitor.
Last but not least, drink a lot of water or a cup of tea hourly to prevent dehydration. Good diet also have important roles. Vitamins A, C, E, and mineral like copper, zinc are essential to eyesight. Antioxidant can be obtained from dark leafy greens, eggs, yellow peepers, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and carrots. Other food that give benefits such as spinach, broccoli, lemon / orange, nuts, avocado, garlic, onions, shallots, capers, blueberries, grapes, salmon, sardines, mackerel, cod, whole grains.


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Healthy Eyes

worker beeMost of the time people discuss about trading techniques. How to make profit, what is the best strategy, how to analyze charts, what has happened with the market, etc. Too focus on trading till forget one important factor, HEALTH, particularly eyes health. Health is very important factor and traders should place this above trading, as you could not make money if you have eyes problem. Staring at monitor can cause eyestrain, blurry vision, difficulty in focusing at a distance, and dry eyes

A simple exercise can help to maintain healthy eyes. It is known as focal point exercises. This is how you do it: pick a point at the other end of the room, or out the window, then, every half an hour stare at that point for two minutes to help the eyes to relax. A simple exercise to maintain your healthy eyes.

The other exercise is eyes yoga. First, open the eyelids, keep the head and neck still, and relax the entire body. Then, raise your eyeballs up to 12 o’clock, and hold them there for a second. Next, lower the eyeballs to 6 o’clock and hold them there again. Continue moving the eyeballs up and down for ten times, without blinking if possible. After ten movements, rub your palms together to produce heat and gently cover them over your eyes, without pressing. Allow the eyes to relax in complete darkness. Repeat this exercise with eyes movements – 9 o’clock to 3 o’clock, 2 o’clock to 7 o’clock, 11 o’clock to 4 o’clock – end each movement by covering your warmed palms over your eyes. Conclude the routine with ten full circles in each direction, as you are tracing the clock’s rim.

Below are simple steps to maintain healthy eyes:

  • Ensure your eyes prescription is up-to-date and adequate for computer use
  • Position your monitor so that your healthy eyes are level with the top of the monitor.
  • Avoid glare on your monitor from windows and lights. Use an anti-glare screen if needed.
  • Choose a comfortable, supportive chair. Adjust it so that your feet are flat on the floor.
  • Blink more if you feel your eyes are dry. Healthy eyes need to be moist all the time
  • If possible, rest your eyes by looking 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes to keep your eyes healthy. At least every two hours, get up and take a 15 minutes break.
  • Eat healthy (egg, nuts, beans, fish, fruits, vegetables, lemon juice, salmon, tuna, fish oils, etc)


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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 |

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