There comes time in the life of a trader, where there is fear. There is confusion, fear, uncertainty, and despair in the markets. And you are proud. Because you can look past all, ignore all, except price action. You have the ability to just listen to the price, your edge, the action, and you see. Whether you achieve this through technical, fundamental, or macroeconomic research, this and only thus is your guide. And knowing this about yourself, knowing that you possess this special ability, it gives you pride. A sense of nobility, humility, eliteiscm, superiority, and purity. Thus feeling is bullshit. These feelings are bullshit. These feelings are false. Now, you may, and very legitimately ask, why they are false. This, after all, is a true achievement. One surely deserving of these feelings. What I say to you is this.
They are false because when one really learns to let price, and price ONLY, be their guide, the end all, trump all, one does not feel it. Let me ask you something. When one strives all his life to be happy, not rich, skinny, or famous, but truly happy, and he finally achieves it, does he gloat? He can't. He does not know what if means to be gloat, for gloating is a defense mechanism used to mask sadness. He does not know what advantage he has over most other people, because one can only know the difference between happy and sad, if they experience sadness. And he doesn't. When one strives to be musically gifted, or a pilot, or a philanthropist, but not strive to have something to gloat about. He only pursues these for himself, for the sake of achieving, of purity. Does the achiever, can the acheiver, gloat? No! Once he achieved these things, he devoted all of his emotions, his true blood, into these pursuits. His life, happiness, satisfaction, comes from only these life missions, knows only these happineses. He has fulfilled his dreams. Happiness is found, and he seeks no other outlet, such as making money,showing off, or simply feeling satisfied and accomplished, to look for happiness. When does one know he is accomplished? When he never feels like he is accomplishing anything!
This applies greatly to trading. Mastering trading is one of the hardest things one can ever hope to do. And blocking out everything besides price action is one of the hardest things to do as a trader. So by nature, achieving this is one of the hardest things that one can hope to do. But when one really can block out everything else, one has not a feeling of nobility, eliteiscm, or humility, from knowing he can do this. He cannot feel noble, because price action is more noble to him. He cannot feel humility, because price has no motives he cannot feel eliteiscm, because price action is elite. He cannot feel pride, because price action has humbled him. He cannot feel pure, because, price action is the only truth. Why are the most book smart people usually the most spacy, dishevelled, seeming semi retarded? Because all they desire is knowledge. Desiring knowledge so they can show off is not desiring knowledge. It is desiring other things. It is just using knowledge as a tool to achieve bragging rights, money, items. But to these people who just pursue pure and true knowledge get no satisfaction from dressing nice, showing off, or appearing normal. They so not need satisfaction. Their love for true knowledge is what satisfies them. Anything worth pursuing in life, one has only truly achieved when they least expect, or desire on order to gloat, gain power, or pride.
People like @traderstewie , @gtotoy , @chessnwine, @createcapital, @alphatrends, and very few others, have achieved this. They don't feel any pride from their amazing and rare ability to listen only to price action because all of their feeling, their emotions, and desires, are invested in true price action, so there is no place left for other feelings. They are noble, elite, and superior, because they do not need to feel these things to gain satisfaction. If you know you are at this elite level, you are not there yet.
Because after you have delved into the least accessible and purest emotions to use inhumane abilities and efforts to acheive this, you don't even care or want to knowanymore. The only thing you care about is price action. Coming to a level where you honestly believe that you let price action only be your guide, and ignore everything else, is a great and rare achievement, but there is one more battle left. You have defeated the articles,TV programs, expert's opinions, bogs, and social media. But there is one more battle , and thus is the hardest, most intense, and most brutal battle yet. Your thoughts. Thoughts can and do defeat the strongest and most seasoned wills and minds. If you can listen to your thoughts, hear them out, and bring them down, than and only than, have you reached a state of letting price action and ONLY price action guide and move you. When do you know you have acheived this task? That's the point. You don't.