What Does it Take to Become a Successful Trader?

By Updated on November 10, 2022

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Imagine one moment you’re a valet driver in a small town…

Three years later, you’re a multi-millionaire trader

While it sounds almost too good to be true, it happened for Jack Kellog.

How was he able to make the quantum leap, and what can you take from his story to help you along your journey?

Believe it or not, it has less to do with trading strategies or your starting account size.

On his way to earning more than $10 million, Jack made plenty of mistakes.

Last October, Jack spoke at our Traders Conference in Miami about what it takes to become a successful trader.

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For him, a guy who went from a valet to one of my most successful students, it started with developing an unbeatable mindset.

The lessons he covered are so POWERFUL that I believe you can apply them instantly.

You see, mistakes will happen.

So will losing trades.

But how you handle them is what sets great traders apart from the rest of the pack.

Face Your Fears

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In 2017, I asked Jack to speak at the trading conference that year.

He had just become reasonably profitable, but was nervous about speaking on stage.

This year Jack revealed his fears over the years:

  • Fear of the unknown
  • Fear of giving back profits
  • Fear of sizing up
  • FOMO

Fear is healthy. Your mind wants to keep you out of trouble.

Listen to it, but don’t let it own you.

It’s tough, but successful traders work with their fears.

First, they identify them. Then they accept them. Finally, they work through them.

The process is the same but the journey is different for everyone.


The general public tends not to hold a favorable opinion of day traders.

I hear countless stories of folks put down by their friends and family, telling them it’s a waste of time and money.

At the end of the day, trading is between you and yourself.

You need to be able to motivate, focus, and manage yourself.

As Jack pointed out, networking at events such as the conference is a great way to do this.

With a group of like-minded traders on the same journey, you can lean on one another for support and prop each other up.


Jack’s got to where he is today because of his losses.

Losses can either own you, or you can own the losses.

In my mind, he has one of the BEST mindsets out there.

Instead of wallowing in losses, Jack reviews every single one.

None of them are wasted and he uses many for quick inspiration.

For example, Jack took some sizable losses in AMTD Digital Inc. (NYSE: HKD) and Intelligent Living Application Group Inc. (NASDAQ: ILAG) this year.

Rather than get down on himself, Jack looked into the trades and discovered they showed bad volume near the trade, and his size was too big.

Nothing will improve your trading faster than a trading journal.

Honestly assessing your trades, good and bad, regularly and objectively will help you uncover problems and find opportunities.

Bear Market Trading

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2021 was a GREAT year for trading.

2022…not so much.

We take what the market gives us, not the other way around.

You can expect strategies to work the same way in bear markets as they do in bull markets.

Adjustments are needed.

Jack recognized the extra risk and began locking in profits quicker this year.

He reduced his position size and leaned more on the first hour of trading to avoid getting chopped up.

More importantly, he’s not forcing trades, which frees him up to take more vacations, study, and learn new ideas.

A Motto to Live By

Jack’s parting words are ones to live by.

Trade to live, don’t live to trade.

Study hard. But make sure to have fun.



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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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