It's been a while since my last blog post. I have been traveling the world and have had limited time to focus on blogging. I have took time to myself and to reflect on life and the way I react towards my environment. I am currently on my 13th month abroad. Everything in my life has changed since I first took on the challenge to live in other cultures. Even though most of my life has changed, there are still some things that have remained the same such as my daily trading routine and who I really am from an external perspective. In this blog I will highlight some of the most important lessons I have learned while traveling and trading and how I have adapted to new and unfamiliar environments and trading conditions and do a comparison between life on and off the charts.
Same Species But Not The Same
Before traveling abroad, I have been living in the United States for most of my life. I've lived on almost every coast of America from east to west, north to south. I've lived in Connecticut, Vermont, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York, Georgia, Florida, Arizona, California, just to name a few domestic states I've lived in and country-wise, I've lived in America, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand, China, Jamaica, UAE and more, but I will keep the list short for the sake of this blog. I have observed the way numerous cultures interact with each other and with me. Depending on where I go I have noticed; the language or slang is different, the way people dress, the jobs, the local food and activities, belief systems, friendliness, etc. is just.. different. No one really has a universal default standard of living. City to city, state to state, country to country, it is all different. Human beings are all the same species, but our minds operate different. There is the crowd mentality and the universal standard of "normal", but there is no one specific example of the term "normal". Here is one thing I'd like for you to take note of before continuing to read this blog, we are all one species living on the same soil but have unlimited ways of living this life we all share. I can go in depth on more detailed examples of what I have experienced in each culture, but that would take too long and I'd like this blog to be short and straight to the point.
What Has Changed
Since the beginning of mankind the human race has learned how to survive by adapting and evolving. We have learned how to; hunt, mate, build, protect and defend, communicate, punish, reward and grow together in communities. We have started from a mold and have been conditioned to our environment that we have been brought up in. So in a sense, yes we all are similar. We have eyes to see, noses to smell through, mouths to eat with, feet to walk on, arms to hold objects, brains to think with, organs to process and break essential nutrients down with. But at some point in time the paths have divided. As we became more intelligent we have begun making our own rational decisions on how we would like to do things. One group may have wanted to live up north in the cold while another wanted to migrate south towards the equator where it is warmer while another migrated east and the other migrated west. One group may have found different animals to hunt and vegetation to harvest depending on the landscape of the newly discovered areas they have migrated to. A group may have found land near water and developed the idea of building ships to get across it and lines and poles to fish with. Eventually we as a species have strayed so far away from the original "norm", that we now look at each other as unique and alienate anyone who deems a threat to the society or may seem so different that they are not accepted within the culture and therefore outcast, now we have passports and governments and ID's and soon to be digital QR and barcodes.
Where Is Civilization Headed?
Some may say we are headed towards the stars, some may believe we are doomed for extinction due to the corrupt lifestyles that certain people have been living, some may just think life will carry on like it always have. I have my own thoughts on what I believe and I will share with you ideas that are statistically backed up by facts and numbers to keep away from subjectivity.
Lets start by eliminating the obvious. We are not all going to die or become enslaved by an alien race or "Illuminati" type cult, save those thoughts for the next sci-fi movie. There is no "global warming", the world is too large for a single species to have such a major impact on this space we all share. We still haven't even explored all the depths of the Earth yet so there is no real evidence that our planet is "dying". Donald Trump will be elected president again whether you love him or hate him and the United States will still be around long after his presidency. The corona virus is a global pandemic but like all other mass hysteria, it will subside and people will begin living their normal lives again. The Stock Market is going to crash but will never disappear, FOREX will be around in the next 10-50 years. Stay away from the mainstream news and social media organizations. These statements can be backed up by doing a GOOGLE search and some thorough research. Stay away from emotional decisions and only operate from a rational point of view.
The Individual VS. The Crowd
In this section I will tie my experiences from traveling and my previous sections on the general idealism. At this point I have covered how we are the same species but operate on different levels of understanding depending on the environment we have been brought up in. Here I would like to get the main point now that I have your attention.
In order to successfully navigate in the markets and trade on a rational level to gain consistent outcomes you must separate yourself from the general population and gain a sense of self-actualization. There is no one way to trade successfully, just like the many different ways to live on this planet, there are numerous different methods to accomplish your goal in becoming a profitable trader. Unfortunately, most people fail because they follow a belief that by doing one thing a certain way that may have succeeded in the past, it will work for them the same way it had worked for the person explaining it. WRONG! Most retail traders fail because of this exact belief. It is not completely your fault for not understanding this though because you were conditioned to only know so much. In every corner of the Earth that I have traveled to I have noticed this nescience. You cannot really blame others for not knowing. Ignorance is a bliss, but this doesn't work well in trading however. The market is not mystical and the people who understand it are not magicians or wizards, we are regular people that just have a higher understanding of mass thinking and civilization. Most people read the same books about the same topics and chart patterns explained a thousand different ways that lead to the same result. Most people are irrational beings who do things in a certain manner that truly believes that the way they are doing things is the correct and only way to do it without searching for further meaning or taking a step back and observing it from a third person point of view. It is just human nature. This all results to a collective hive mentality that is easily predictable to the observer that over-stands the situation. The market is not a monster out to steal your money, the big players in the game just understand your strengths and weaknesses and how far to push your emotional buttons. If more people understood this then we would live in a world where there is one government and our species as a whole would evolve much quicker which may actually bring us closer to the stars sooner.
To conclude this blog post, I would like to say that traveling and trading has allowed me to have a bigger understanding of the human race as a whole and where I stand as an individual. This has lead me to modify my trading systems and algorithms to an advanced level of automation with zero subjectivity. I am always looking for newer ways to optimize my systems and automate my daily activities and will continue to update those of you that wish to follow my journey. If you are ever interested in getting started on trading the right way then I can help you with that anytime, just register for my FOREX Academy here. I do not promote my academy on social media because I'd like you to determine for yourself if trading is worth getting into and you truly believe in my philosophy. I enjoy helping people who passionately want to make a change in their lives and walk an unusual path towards uncertainty. You will not find any of my course material online nor in any other promoted trading group on social media as it is my content coming from my mind through experience and wisdom, not conventional wisdom.
I hope you were able to take some knowledge from this post and it helps you in life.
- Baja Pips
I have been trading the financial markets for the past decade and have failed to the point where there were no other ways to fail. I trade for myself with my own financial resources and enjoy the freedom of being my own boss managing my independent business built from the ground up. Feel free to message me anytime with questions.