In forex trading, people are tempted to do things on their own, and who could blame them? In general, traders are competitive thinkers, and the purpose of creating systems is to have that “edge” over other traders that will lead to more profits than losses. A trader normally feels that his system is better than [insert name of disagreeable forum user here], so why should he listen to him or her?
On the other hand, for others, there is the fear of being ridiculed and being called a “noob.” This is especially true in online forex forums.
Whatever your reasoning may be for wanting to attack the markets solo like Rambo, we have to understand that nobody can, nor should, go through it alone.
All forex traders start out at the bottom and have to work their way up the ladder of success, but that doesn’t mean we can’t help each other along the way. The fastest way to climb to the top and be successful is to reach out to other traders, pick their brains, and learn from their experiences.
This all starts with stepping out of our comfort zones and understanding that there is always room to grow and learn from others.
Learning from others can be seen in all aspects of life. In sports, athletes continuously listen to coaches, so that they can improve on their skill sets. In business, it is common to see successful businessmen have mentors who counsel them from time to time.
The good news is that you don’t have to drive a hundred miles to a forex convention just to find your Phil Jackson to coach you into becoming the Kobe Bryant of trading. All you have to do is go online and browse for websites that offer you the opportunity to learn without the hassle of leaving your home.
You don’t have to look very far, as we’ve already got a bunch of interesting discussions about fundamentals, trading systems, and brokers at our very own trading forums. If you feel like taking a break, you can even play Tetris and Pacman with other traders!
Remember, the markets are tough and we’re all fighting each other for pips, but this doesn’t mean we all can’t grab our own small piece of that huge forex pie and succeed in our own way. Why not reach out to others for advice, or to help your fellow man (or woman) survive in these treacherous market waters? Who knows? Maybe you’ll even make a few friends along the way!