The largest fatal mistake an aspiring day trader makes has to deal with education. Some believe that they can watch a few free videos and webinars and then they are ready to attack the market. Then you have some that choose a guru and education package that is based on glitz and glamour and the promise of money and freedom that do not produce. Or you have those proud individuals who believe they know what to do and that they do not need anyone to tell them how to trade because it's simply buy low and sell high. How hard is that? But those individuals that really drives me crazy are the ones who are too lazy to want to learn and just wants to pay a guru to provide them with alerts. Since I have started my journey into trading several years ago, I have associated with many aspiring traders and I can count on 1 hand those who are still trading with me.
Here is what I know; education is the key to success in day trading. You cannot expect to master a skill if you skip through a curriculum and not fully educate yourself. This profession requires lifelong learning. Above all of that, you must choose the right educational package and guru. You must make sure that you take it serious and not take any shortcuts. While most gurus and their educational packages out there are horrible and just want your money, there are good people that truly want to help. The hard part as a person brand new to this industry is to know how to navigate though the sea of gurus. I am writing this blog to help those who may be lost at sea in this to find their way home.
Education, experience and knowledge are 3 of the most important factors when it comes to beginning your trading career. You do not need to try and save money on education by ignoring it's importance. This is why you need to invest in your education and knowledge. I would recommend finding a coach or mentor to help you get through this period. Someone who is not trying to sell their own trading education packages but someone who knows and understand what you are going through during this time. I feel that this is the most important time in a new traders career dealing with expectations and emotions.
The next step is to research professional traders and get to know their style of teaching and trading before you purchase any education package. The best traders will have free lessons posted on YouTube or their Web page so that you will be able to "test drive" their style. You want to find someone that actually trades everyday and that trading is their primary source of income. Also you want to find a community with several professional traders with complementing styles. This will give you a good chance for a well rounded education.
I have found a community with excellent and complete trading education packages that are written by traders who actually trade everyday. In fact, I can see their trades, scans, and charts on my screen in real time as I trade throughout the day. I would rather learn from successful trading educators who are willing to apply their knowledge, strategies and education with their own capital rather than just talk about it. The community I have found is Warrior Trading. Ross, Mike, and Jeff are trading and teaching real time throughout the trading day. Unfortunately I found them too late to take advantage of the packages with the simulator. The content is second to none and I have experienced all three of them teaching so I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt they are the real deal. They have occasional free chat days and you can find some great videos on Ross's YouTube channel.
At the time I wrote this I was a subscriber/member of the WT community and not a paid affiliate so my thoughts and feelings were genuine and based on my own personal experiences. I am now a moderator in the chat room and one of the Warrior Pro instructors and my feelings has even grown stronger because I have input in the education we provide.
The Warrior Pro Bundle includes 3 live small group mentor sessions a week. You will hear from Ross, Mike, and myself in these sessions. This is invaluable because we will be trading and teaching the same setups that you just learned about. We can help you analyze your trades and walk you through what you did right and what you did wrong. You will have more confidence when you know you have trading mentors behind you as well as with you all day in chat. Getting a mentor was the smartest thing I have done to date in my trading career. I trade less, get bigger moves, and make more money now. I have to thank Mike for mentoring me and for helping me become a better trader. Remember, to be successful in trading you must be willing to learn throughout your career. Even the gurus have a mentor that helped them get to where they are and stay on their game.
I really feel the biggest reason traders fail is because they do no get the proper education from the beginning. Every new trader I meet and get to talk to I try and get them to understand that getting the right education is priority one. If you have 2k and want to start trading look at investing in your education first and start saving up again because if you take a short cut you will be saving up again to pay for your education. I don't care what anyone says you do not learn how to trade by blowing up your account. The only thing you learn by blowing up your account is that you need to get educated before you trade again. People that say that and say they are just paying tuition to the market to learn are just trying to make themselves feel better about the money they lost. I know because I used to be that person.
Take it from me. Education is the key to your sustained success in trading. Period.