Trading vs. family. Do you have to pick just one?
No way! Plenty of people manage both on a daily basis. How do they make it work?
Traders need to go with the flow when life events happen, too.
It’s not always easy to balance trading and family. But as the students featured in this post prove, it’s possible — it’s all about getting your priorities straight and making time for what matters.
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Is It Possible to Be a Trader and Have a Family?
I just mentioned Mark Croock … He’s managed to develop an education program for options trading while helping to support his family. I’m incredibly proud of what he’s achieved as a trader and excited about his new addition…
Sorry no @thehonestcroock webinar today for https://t.co/occ8wKmlgm students as he just had a new baby today, please retweet this and congratulate him on this beautiful new addition to his family! We love you Mark, congratulations on this incredible new blessing, mazel, mazel! pic.twitter.com/0NWAMQOlFp
Several other top students have families, too.
Does having a family hold them back from reaching their full potential as traders?
Not at all. If anything, I think it inspires them to work harder and trade smarter.
Here’s why having a family can actually be good for traders…
How Family and Community Helps Traders
Whether your family is traditional or non-traditional, here are some of the benefits that a close-knit community has to offer…
A Source of Motivation
For many of my students, family provides a powerful and ongoing source of motivation.
Possibly even more motivating than my daily study checks…
9:47pm study check, retweet/favorite this if you're up studying or making your watchlist for tomorrow. Also, retweet if you promise to practice disciplined/SAFE trading tomorrow, no gunslinging/gambling BS like too many newbies are tempted to do — that NEVER ends well over time!
For instance, Roland started trading with $4,000 because he hated his day job and wanted to give his kids a better life.
After trying trading on his own and experiencing a series of losses, he applied for my Trading Challenge. He officially started on February 12, 2021. As of March, he’d profited “enough to cover the cost of the Challenge and then some.”
A Reason to Stay Safe
For many students with families, managing losses is extremely important. After all, if they lose it could affect their loved ones.
It’s a simple fact: trading decisions have more gravity when other people are depending on you.
For many traders, that’s a compelling reason to avoid doing stupid things.
Freedom to Spend Time With Family
Trading allows me to live the kind of life I want. I get to travel and trade from wherever I go.
For many of my students, trading has provided a solution that gives them greater freedom and time to spend with family and friends.
Sandra worked a demanding job that kept her from spending the time she wanted with her daughter. It also prevented her from visiting family in Germany.
She wanted a job that would give her a more flexible lifestyle and schedule.
Sandra says, “Trading has proved to check all boxes! I actively trade during the morning and back again at power hour. During the day, I keep an eye on markets and the chat room. I’m at home when my daughter finishes school and don’t spend hours commuting back and forth to an office.”
She was also recently able to spend a few months in Germany. Not only did she get quality time with her parents, but she was able to trade as usual even though she was abroad.
A Way to Give Back
When I first started finding success as a trader, one of the first things I did was buy my parents their dream home. I love that I was able to do that.
More recently, I dedicated a school to my mom:
Happy Mother’s Day to my mom, the best mom in the world and it’s my honor to surprise her with a school in her name, The Jo-Ann Sykes School! Even though I can’t be with her in person on this special day, I’m proud to announce the 81st @karmagawa school in her honor as she ROCKS! pic.twitter.com/H7UqL3DEvV
My life could have turned out a lot differently…
For many students, trading provides the means to give back to their families and community.
Here's video of my https://t.co/EcfUM6l2S3 student Paul surprising his mom with a new house after a record 2020…how cool is this?! I TRULY LOVE SEEING THIS AS WE SHOULD ALL TREAT OUR PARENTS WITH GIFTS LIKE THIS AFTER WE WORK OUR BUTTS OFF FOR YEARS IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS! pic.twitter.com/j6RjwB1dyd
Talk about three very good sons!
Balancing Family and Trading
How do traders actually balance family and trading? There are only so many hours in the day…
Once again, it’s all about adapting and figuring out what works for you.
For Tessa, it’s about making the most of her son’s natural rhythms — and technology.
She says, “My son’s sleeping schedule allows me to participate during the hottest parts of the market; both the first and last hours of the trading day. On busier days, the mobile charts are my friends. With my son being young, trading allows me to spend all my time WITH him which also allows me to influence his financial education that he won’t learn in school.”
Sandra, who I talked about earlier, has adapted her strategy to fit her schedule. She still works part-time and is working toward an online degree, so time is at a premium.
However, these time constraints also force her to focus. Sandra only has time to focus on key setups that work for her versus trading random patterns that usually result in losses.
She learns on the go, listening to webinars while she walks the dog or drives. As she says,
It’s a Family Affair…
There are many different ways to approach trading.
This makes trading accessible to a variety of different people. No matter what your schedule, your family situation, or your preferred trading style, there’s a way to make it work for you.
Of course, it’s going to require hard work no matter what. You’ll have to put in the study time and dedicate yourself to the process.
How do you balance family and trading? Leave a comment … I love hearing what you have to say!