He Couldn’t Talk or Breathe. Now He’s a Trader. Student Anthony’s Amazing Trading Story

By Timothy Sykes

Last updated on October 14, 2021
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Anthony’s Incredible Mindset: Key Takeaways

  • A devastating accident broke Anthony’s neck, but not his spirit…
  • How he blew up his account TWICE before finding his ideal trading strategy…
  • A mind-blowing mindset that EVERYONE must learn from!

Learn The Strategies That Kept Me In The Game — And Profitable — For 20+ Years*

Serious Backbone + Short-Selling Stamina

Short selling can get really scary really fast.

But it doesn’t faze my Trading Challenge student Anthony. He’s experienced something far scarier than any short squeeze

In 2013, he sustained a severe upper spinal cord injury. He was told he might not move or breathe without assistance ever again.

Not only has he exceeded doctors’ expectations for recovery, but he’s forged an impressive trading career as a short seller.

I interviewed him in 2019, but it’s about time for an update. You won’t believe his incredible story and how his trading career has evolved…


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Anthony: The 411

First, let’s talk trading deets.

Anthony’s Go-To Trading Patterns

As a short seller, Anthony has two key approaches:

  • Shorting multi-day runners
  • Shorting pumps

Note: Not sure what a multi-day runner is? Check out this video:

Anthony’s Trading Picks

Here’s what keeps Anthony motivated…

(Profit.ly data as of mid-October 2021)

    • Trading goals: To become the “first big Canadian Trading Challenge student” and to demonstrate to those with disabilities that they can do this, too.

Anthony’s Trading Timeline

  • 2013: Accident, surgeries, and rehab.
  • 2018: Starts trading. Applies for and is accepted to my Trading Challenge.
  • 2018–2019: Blows up two trading accounts.
  • 2019: I visit and interview Anthony. (See the video below.)
  • 2020: Decides to trade less and spend more time watching videos and furthering his trading education. Realizes that he’s much better at short selling than going long. Adjusts his focus to short selling.
  • 2021: Continues to hone his short-selling skill set with increased focus, practice, and learning from his mistakes.

Anthony’s Incredible Story

In 2013, Anthony’s life changed forever…

A Life-Changing Accident

It was a pretty chill day. Anthony was away for a weekend of poolside relaxation. Before heading home, he felt like jumping in the water one more time.

He remembers walking toward the pool. He remembers slipping — he can’t recall if it was forward or backward.

And he remembers feeling the impact.

The next thing he knew, he was floating face-down in the water, unable to move at all. He could see his arms just hanging there.

So he did the only thing he could — held his breath and hoped someone would see him.

Luckily, his cousin spotted him and pulled him out. Anthony knew right away that he was paralyzed…

Everything Changed

Photo Courtesy of Anthony

Anthony had broken his neck. Bone was lodged in the spinal cord, causing paralysis.

At the time, doctors thought the break was “complete” — meaning the spinal cord was completely severed.

Things got worse before they got better.

Anthony couldn’t move. He needed a ventilator to breathe.

His recovery outlook didn’t look good. Doctors didn’t know if he’d ever move or breathe on his own again.

Fortunately, following three surgeries and intensive rehab, his recovery began to exceed expectations.

Anthony began to breathe on his own. He found he could move his arms. The injury was ruled “incomplete.”

Today, he says that he’s as independent as he can be considering his injury. He can manage most of his own self-care and has the freedom to spend time with his loved ones.

His biggest challenges have been emotional…

A Huge Identity Shift

Anthony says that recovery is “sort of like trading — it’s all mental.”

Before his accident, Anthony had worked as an electrician. It was extremely physical work that meant a lot of time spent outdoors.

His injury stripped away that livelihood and career.

Trading helped him find a new identity and personal empowerment…

Finding Trading

Anthony found me in 2018.

He’d always had an interest in the stock market, but until he found me, he had no knowledge of the difference between trading and investing.

When he joined the Trading Challenge, that began to change. But it didn’t happen right away.

Between 2018 and 2019, he burned through two $5,000 accounts. He was trying too many things and not focusing. Those are typical reasons why traders lose money.

In 2020, he took a break. He focused on his education and traded less. He knew that what he was doing wasn’t working.

During this time, he realized that going short was the best approach for him. It’s tough being in Canada. His options for brokers are limited, and he can’t always find shares to short with his current broker. But overall, his laser focus on short selling multi-day runners and pumps has paid off.

He reports that it’s been his best year yet, with trades on stocks like Vinco Ventures Inc (NASDAQ: BBIG).*

Anthony’s not perfect. He admits that he doesn’t always cut losses quickly enough.

Sometimes he goes in too big and averages up or down. He could use work on timing his entries.

But a trader’s work is never really done…

Anthony’s Trading Wisdom

Photo Courtesy of Anthony

Here’s what Anthony wants every new trader to know…

Key Quote From Anthony

“It’s better to cut losses quickly and be right than cut your losses later and be dead wrong and lose more money. At least then you know you’re on track and doing the right things.”

Anthony’s Key Lessons

  1. Cut losses quickly.
  2. Always plan your trades.
  3. Have an exit strategy. Don’t get into a trade and not know what you’re going to do next.
  4. Stick to your plan.
  5. Don’t overtrade.

Are You Motivated?

Anthony has overcome some incredible odds in life and in trading.

I’m proud to share his story with you. It demonstrates what’s possible when you have the right mindset and the will to succeed.

I’m incredibly inspired by Anthony’s story … And I hope you are too. I can’t wait to see how his trading career shapes up! Stay tuned for further updates.

How are you inspired by Anthony’s trading story? Are you willing to work hard no matter what to make your goals a reality in trading and beyond? Leave a comment!


*Results are not typical and will vary from person to person. Making money trading stocks takes time, dedication, and hard work.  Most who receive free or paid content will make little or no money because they will not apply the skills being taught. Any results displayed are exceptional. We do not guarantee any outcome regarding your earnings or income as the factors that impact such results are numerous and uncontrollable.

It takes years of dedication, hard work, and discipline to learn how to trade. Individual results will vary. Trading is inherently risky. Before making any trades, remember to do your due diligence and never risk more than you can afford to lose. I’ve also hired Tim Grittani and Mike ‘Huddie’ Hudson to assist in my education business.


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Comments (1)
Author imageTimothy Sykes
Hey Everyone,

As many of you already know I grew up in a middle class family and didn't have many luxuries. But through trading I was able to change my circumstances --not just for me -- but for my parents as well. I now want to help you and thousands of other people from all around the world achieve similar results!

Which is why I've launched my Trading Challenge. I’m extremely determined to create a millionaire trader out of one my students and hopefully it will be you.

So when you get a chance make sure you check it out.

PS: Don’t forget to check out my 30 Day Bootcamp, it will teach you everything you need to know about trading.

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