Step 009 – What is Mastery?


I aspire to become a Master Trader. And so, I think, do a lot of traders. But what does it actually mean?

What follows is an account of my personal discovery process around this question – and what I have discovered.

It is easy enough to look at the Masters and say “I want to have what they have.”  Once we have tried for a while, perhaps we are fortunate enough to learn from our mistakes of doing and of thinking, and grow personally. Then we might look at the Masters and say “I want to be like them.”

Once at this stage, we realize that it is all up to us. We realize we have to grow mentally, to develop the mindset of a Master Trader. In order to grow, we need to ask and answer some important questions. The first important question to answer is this:

What does Mastery actually mean; how will I recognize it; how will I know when I have achieved it; and most importantly how am I going to feel as a Master?

That question, and in particular the last part, is the hardest one. For myself, I have known for a few years that I want to become a Master Trader. For a long time I didn’t really answer that question though. Until these past few weeks, where a few things came together.

First of all, I am learning to become a self-directed thinker through the Master Keys course (I’ll write about that later), and it has proved indispensable for my progress. Why? Because for a long time I did not answer the question, simply because I was unaware of it! Or rather, I was unaware of the need to answer the question at a much deeper level than I have been used to in the past.  I think many people answer these kinds of questions, but often only in a superficial way. And superficial answers tend to be insufficient to carry us though to Mastery!  The Master Keys course have enabled me to see that there was another, deeper question to be asked.

The final push (or rather a gentle nudge) came when a friend I mastermind with made a profound remark. We had been going over our visions and goals and were getting to the action steps, when I shared with him that I often find it hard to get myself to do the things I know I should do. He said he knew that problem. Basically, he said, there are two reasons why we don’t do what we say we want to do; either our goals are too high and lofty so they’re not believable, or we are not really passionate about them after all.

That got me thinking. Maybe he was right, maybe I had set my goals too high and forgotten to fill in the intermediate steps. Maybe I just needed to set some intermediate goals, something believable yet inspiring. And that’s where I discovered my problem: I could not come up with something inspiring! I was frustrated and angry. Finally, I channeled the energy into a state of constructive thinking and asked myself: What would the Sage Trader I intend to become do next? The answer was clear and it came in the form of another question. I wrote it at the top of an index card: What am I passionate about?

At first I could not think of anything. So I went into a silent meditation and I came up with an answer. And it was so glaringly obvious that I was astounded not having seen it before…

Games! And not just playing games, but creating games. I spent a good deal of my teenage years developing a very complex and intricate board game. I was so passionate about it that I persuaded a lot of my friends to play this (very time consuming) game with me. I loved playing it and I loved developing it, adjusting the rules, the board, everything. And because I had been designing every aspect of the game I had an advantage when playing it. And when I really know a game I always play to win!

There was my answer to the question. This is my passion and why I am attracted to trading: I create the game, and I make the rules!

Now that I know, everything is clear. Now, I play to win.

2 thoughts on “Step 009 – What is Mastery?

  1. Congratulation, I have a little different background but I want to be a master trader too. Samurai trader.

    1. Samurai trader sounds cool Matjaz. Feel free to share more about what that means to you 🙂
      Best of luck on your journey!

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