Category Archives: Milestones

7 Birthday Presents I Got You

Birthday Presents

Today is my birthday and instead of you guys getting me gifts, I’d appreciate you donating to this great charity here as it’s my goal to raise $37,000 to help them fight illegal poaching so they can protect endangered wildlife and cut funding to terrorists down in South Africa in honor of my 37th birthday today. As for the 7 birthday presents from me to you, check out this video I made and I also typed out all 7 birthday presents below the video so my valued deaf trading challenge students can see all the options too! Continue reading

How My Top Trading Challenge Student Made $500,000+ Last Month

Top Trading Challenge Students

My Top trading challenge Students have been on FIRE lately!

URGENT: Watch my top trading challenge students and I get in a massive champagne and shaving cream pie fight on TV tonight at 9pm EST on Bravo’s “Below Deck”, including Tim Grittani, who this blog post is about!

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My top trading challenge students have been on fire lately as this crazy stock market is offering up trading opportunity after opportunity just about every day as I reviewed in this new video lesson:

…and while dedicated students like this hardworking student made over $100,000+ last month, which is AWESOME, considering he began 2017 with just $4,000 and now has passed $400,000 in total profits as you might’ve seen in this new video too:

…I have to give even more props to my top trading challenge student, Tim Grittani, who was featured by CNN here and who I featured in the blog post “40 Lessons From Tim Grittani Passing $4 Million In Profits“, and we just filmed this great video in Bali a few weeks ago:

…who also deserves a longer blog post with the 50 best lessons from his journey, since he just passed $5 million now in a few years since beginning with just $1,500 of his own money as he had his best month of his career, profiting $559,650 in VERIFIED profits in November 2017, including all his losses too which you can see fully outlined and detailed publicly here.

And as I said in that video lesson I linked above, Tim Grittani has now made nearly $2 million in 2017, despite taking several weeks off to visit Iceland and travel all over America too…as that’s the beauty of trading stocks, you don’t get paid hourly or weekly or even monthly, you can take time off whenever you want, you just have to be prepared when there are solid trading opportunities…and Tim Grittani certainly was ready these past few weeks with mammoth trading profits on some of the most volatile stocks in the market like:

Now, I want to go into detail with the 50 best lessons from Tim Grittani’s $5.4 million in career trading profits, which is nearly $1 million more than me, but it’s taking a while to write it all out so for now I asked Tim Grittani to email me with his 5 top tips which I’m proud to share with you here:

Hope these are good! As always, thanks for everything!

1. Make sure you can afford to lose

Pretty much every single great trader I know has suffered AT LEAST one account blow-up in their early days of trading. Some even talk about blowing up four or more times before becoming successful. The point I’m trying to make is that no matter how ready you think you are, you must put yourself in a position where you can afford a big setback or two. I was no exception, I lost my first $1500 I put towards trading. In my case, I could afford to lose because it was only $1500, a VERY recoverable amount. In other cases, you need to make sure that you don’t have an immediate need for profits. Success is going to take time, usually months, or even years, and if you’re pushing yourself because you’re worried about how you’re going to put food on the table, your trading will suffer. Waiting sucks, but if you have to take the time to work extra and save up extra money first, you absolutely need to do that.

2. Learn from your losses!

Not every loss means you did something wrong. There are plenty of times where you may have had a good idea and the setup may have been perfect, and it just didn’t work. That’s trading, nothing is 100%. But there are also a lot of times where you’re going to screw up. You might chase an entry, trade too large, fail to cut a loss, the possible mistakes are countless. Hold yourself accountable! When I went through my big slump in 2015, I corrected myself by literally keeping a journal of every loss I took where I felt I did something wrong. I tallied which mistake I made, and was able to see at the end of each month just how undisciplined I had been in each area. Every month I worked to improve and while I’m still far from perfect, I’m happy to say that my discipline is far more under control than it used to be.

3. Do not trade on margin, especially if you’re new!

No, this doesn’t mean don’t short-sell. Of course you need a margin account to do that. What this means is don’t leverage yourself. Just because the margin account can give you an insane amount of extra buying power, you don’t have to use it! It’s one of the most dangerous things you can do as a trader and you’re basically inviting disaster. Many cryptocurrency traders learned this the hard way the other day. When you’re leveraged out of your mind in an illiquid market, stop orders become unreliable, and it’s very possible that your sell order executes much lower than you planned for. In extreme cases, you could wind up owing your broker money. So don’t invite disaster, trade responsibly ONLY with the money you actually have.

4. Find your niche.

Chances are you’ve heard this one before. Easier said than done, right? This also ties in to the concept of being able to lose. There are a LOT of different strategies out there. I’m not successful because I can trade any stock or any setup thrown at me. I’m successful because I’m very good at a few select situations that I see the market present over and over again. How did I get there? I tried a lot of different things when I first started out. This doesn’t mean be careless, this doesn’t mean overtrade, you still want to put your best foot forward with every trade that you take and have a clear reason for taking it. But while you’re testing things out, track your results, and also keep track of how you feel. What setups are you seeing the best results with? Where are you failing? What trades are you the most comfortable in? When are you the most nervous? If you can answer these questions, it can go a long way towards pointing you in the right direction. Cut out what isn’t working, focus on your 1-2 BEST areas, and let that consistency carry you! Once those trades are like second nature, you can start adding new setups to your arsenal. That’s exactly the path that I took and it worked wonders.

5. Use key chart points to make your decisions!

This is so huge to success in my opinion. I’m sorry, but I think the concept of “I’ll just stop out at a 3% loss every time” or something like that is complete garbage. If you’re not following the chart and you’re using preconceived numbers for every situation, you’re going to be making very bad decisions at very bad times. The same goes for trailing stop-losses. When making decisions, follow the CHART. What key areas have acted as support? Which have acted as resistance? I use the answers to those questions to make all of my decisions. Do I get faked out sometimes? Absolutely. But remember, you can always get back in! It is FAR cheaper to get faked out every now and then than to have a huge stubborn loser.

My Tedx Talk On Charity And The Power Of Giving [VIDEO]

The Power Of Giving

The Power Of Giving

A few weeks ago, I checked off one another one of my goals on my bucket list as I was honored to give not one but two TedX Talks and while my first one about education and social media in Sydney, Australia still has yet to be posted online (to all of you messaging me daily, don’t worry, I’ll tell you when it is posted), my 2nd talk on charity and the power of giving in Jakarta, Indonesia was just posted so here it is for your viewing pleasure, and thanks to my hardworking team for transcribing it below too for my valued deaf trading challenge students:

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Also, this one was a Tedx Youth event so it was pretty interesting trying to get a bunch of young capitalists into the charitable mindset…please leave a comment below this post and let me know what you think! Continue reading

3 Big Milestones This Week

Big Milestones

It’s been an absolutely crazy week, with some big milestones, for my top trading challenge students and I, as the Bitcoin plays have made us all a good chunk of change and I congratulate SO many of you on making $500, $1,000, $even $5,000-$35,000 in a day…here’s a new video lesson I just posted of this student who I previously wrote about HERE as he outlined how he made nearly $10,000 in one day the other day…and mind you this is a guy who had just $4,000 to his name less than a year ago so he’s come VERY far VERY fast: Continue reading

The 36 Best Lessons I’ve Learned In Life

the hard times


Here’s my first little birthday gift and here’s my 2nd gift for you in honor of my 36th birthday yesterday and I HIGHLY suggest you take advantage of them ASAP

Thank you for all the kind birthday wishes, I’m overwhelmed by how supportive our community is and it makes me appreciate my job as a teacher even more so please go HERE to help me build a new school for my birthday, that’s all I want so no others gifts please, also grab my blowout birthday sales HERE and HERE and also check out the 100% FREE all to celebrate my 36th birthday yesterday, thanks to so many of you for all the well wishes!

Here’s an hourlong video I made today that I want you to watch from beginning to end as I want to share all the most important lessons I’ve learned over the years.  Hopefully, they can help you on your path and get you to understand why I’m so obsessed with creating more millionaire trading challenge students: Continue reading

36 Things On My Mind To Prepare For My 36th Birthday This Weekend


Here’s my first little birthday gift and here’s my 2nd gift for you in honor of my 36th birthday next weekend and I HIGHLY suggest you take advantage of them ASAP

As I tweeted a few hours ago:

…I can’t but reflect on my crazy journey these past 2 decades since I began trading as I’m eternally grateful to each and every one of you for helping me discover my twin passions for teaching and now growing my charity too, two things I NEVER would’ve expected from myself 10-15 years ago…you live you learn and you try to do your best every day and focus on what makes you happy/fulfills you.

And because I’ve had the good fortune of being able to focus on what I love, life is insane for me right now so it’s good to partake in some self-reflection and this blog post is as much for me as it is for you.

I’m in the middle of traveling all over Asia visiting 3rd world communities that need so much more help and support than they’re given, so I have some time right now to really dig into 30+ topics I think are important and can help you in life somehow.

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1. The feedback from this recent video lesson has been nothing short of astonishing:

…not only is on pace to become my most popular and well liked video of all-time, it seems to finally break through all the noise in the trading world to help you focus on what really matters, the best mindset and rules needed to actually make millions of dollars in trading and for you to become my next millionaire trading challenge student.

2. It’s funny because I’ve been shouting rules we discuss in that video at the top of my lungs for 10 years, but only when a successful student puts it into practice and shows incredible gains, right in front of thousands of other students, do people finally take it seriously…I wish you would’ve just listened to be sooner, and then you’d be more successful, but it is what it is and if it takes a student whose English is his 4th language for you to realize this shit is all real, so be it! I’m just glad so many of you are FINALLY getting it so whatever it takes for it all to sink in is fine by me, I just want more millionaire trading challenge students.

3. With my birthday comes these blowout sales HERE and HERE and I love giving you guys these money-saving opportunities to invest in your education at reduced prices as long as you commit to studying for at least a year. We will NEVER reward those of you who think you can learn everything in a few days, weeks or even months as the key to success, as proven by my now several millionaire students is to treat financial education as a marathon, NOT a sprint.

4. And I highly recommend you try multiple newsletters from this list as it’s a good thing to learn multiple strategies and see what fits you best as has been proven by this new six-figure-profit student:

5. This is why we have multiple trainers available for my trading challenge Students as you might’ve seen in this awesome recent video too:

6. And as much fun as I have with my exotics cars, travel etc., it’s far more fun and meaningful for me to be able to create schools in both of my first 2 millionaire students’ names, The Michael Goode School and The Tim Grittani School will be opening in Bali in just a few months, look at that the kids are currently learning in as they are WAY too jam-packed in a small room to receive a proper education:

7. As yes, even though my charity posts are my least liked on social media as you might’ve noticed:

My first #millionaire student just passed $2 million in #stocktrading profits so I honored his achievement with a school to be built in his name too! The Michael Goode School is being constructed now thanks to the amazing work of @balichildrensproject and will open this summer/fall in #bali #indonesia right around the same time The Tim Grittani School will also open to honor my 2nd millionaire student @timgrittani too! Only like this photo and leave a comment if you promise to be a dedicated student so when you make seven figures my charity will build a school in your honor too! #surprise #dreamjob #proudteacher #givingback #charity #thetimothysykesfoundation #balichildrensproject #ilovemyjob #edjewcation #hebrewschool

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…they’re also the most important to me, and my mission, so not only will I keep doing it, I’m actually increasing my ambitions as my charity is not just building schools anymore, but now also medical centers and sporting arenas too! More information on that coming soon, stay tuned!

8. Many people tell me to calm down and just focus on one thing, but I don’t do anything half-assed and my ambition and dreams are bigger than most so I go full throttle ALL THE TIME…and that has been key to my success as a trader, teacher and now philanthropist too, I don’t know how to do it any other way, nor would I want to. I actually really enjoy the challenge of trading while traveling too with terrible Internet connections and crazy-middle-of-the-night trading sessions based on various time zones I’m in as it makes it even more gratifying when plays like this pop up and work to a T!

9. Too many people claim they like what I teach, but they need a lot of $ to get started and that’s BS so I have to call them out on it. Maybe you can’t trade big right away, but you should be studying first anyway, see my free video lessons here, and my free book here, and a free comprehensive beginners guide here and free 11-hour guide here…no excuses not to study, even homeless people can afford this stuff and you can go to your local library for free Internet access.

10. That said, free guides are just the tip of the iceberg and if you want to truly make life-changing money and learn skills that will help you forever you must invest in your education and take it seriously…my trading challenge is not free and we turn away a lot of people because our little community is for the most dedicated students only, we refuse to allow any lazy people in as they are a virus to any community and we don’t want to risk infection.

11. This blog post about the best chatroom I see right now is not an exaggeration, in the past few weeks it has risen dramatically in terms of usefulness and effectiveness as we now have SEVERAL millionaire and multi-millionaire traders commenting and alerting their trades in realtime.

12. NEVER follow anyone’s alerts or “hot picks”, the key to success, both financially and knowledge-wise is LEARNING from what great traders do in real-time and how they plan and stick to their plans.

13. As Steven Dux said in his interview, trading isn’t very hard, the hard part is mastering your emotions and discipline and that takes a lot of practice…

14. Practice REALLY does make perfect, too many people need to read this oldie but goodie blog post and learn patience/perseverance!

15. The morning spikes have been unreal as of late with stocks like NADL and ADPT going truly Supernova, but even if you didn’t bank on them, at least try to witness them in real-time and learn from them so you can be better prepared for next time.

16. Preparation ahead of time is key and no matter how long you trade or how rich you get, you can never get sloppy…and if you do, it’ll cost you as you saw with me here.

17. Even after nearly 2 decades in this game, I’m still learning and refining my process, which is why I stay safe even when this happens.

18. I know that after watching my top Millionaire trading challenge students and I trade and enjoy big gains, you have dollar signs in your eyes, but I show you this stuff not so you can bet big right away, but so you can understand the potential of my strategy and this niche AFTER you practice and grow your account over the years.

19. The stocks change, the players change, but the patterns never change because they’re based on human nature and human nature doesn’t change…paraphrasing from Jess Livermore, one of my trading heroes.

20. Of course, Jesse Livermore also used too much leverage, was wrong by just a few percent, lost the tens of millions he made (back in the early 1900s that’s like hundreds of millions today), went bankrupt and committed suicide so ALWAYS be careful as even the all-time greats can lose everything.

21. With the SEC clamping down on “fake news” on penny stocks as I wrote about here, that tells me we’re FINALLY getting ready for a purge of the many bullshitters and fakers that have come to power during this exceptionally long bull market and I welcome the purge because it’s tougher being real as when you’re a faker you can just pretend to look good all the time and those of who who lose and make mistakes like these look worse, so in essence we’ve been punished for being real and that stinks because too many people are learning from fakers and they don’t realize they’ve been had until it’s too late, learning bad habits that prevent you from ever really making it.

22. Always remember the lessons of the past, they will help shape your future.

23. I’m SO excited for the return of real people who claim to be experts by just posting screenshots and fake reviews get exposed for the frauds/BSers they are. This is why I’m SO proud of my top Millionaire trading challenge students who follow me lead and show EVERY trade publicly, win or lose, not just a few screenshots to impress newbies and feed our egos.

24. With the probable coming crackdown, it’s even more important to heed my warning from the blog post “Warning About Using These Wrong Brokers” as you don’t want to be caught with money in an account that can get shutdown and you lose EVERYTHING.

25. There’s a lot of brokers preying on newbies with cheap or “free commissions” and yet they make much more money by not giving you basic services and handing you terrible executions that cost you much more in the long…there is no free lunch on Wall Street, too many people just don’t realize it.

26. Nobody didn’t get rich based on saving on commissions, commissions are negligible if you have patience to wait for the right setups and trade volatile stocks as those detailed in this video lesson.

27. As I travel to these third world countries it astounds me to see how happy a lot of these people are who have no money and no material goods in their lives…I love capitalism and I’m not turning communist anytime soon, but it is fascinating to compare their mindset and outlook to several billionaires and multi-millionaires I know who are very unhappy…money can’t buy happiness, it only buys you freedom and then it’s up to you to decide what to do with it to make yourself happy.

28. Many people say I should just stay in NYC and trade as the majority of my industry is there, I’d make more money that way and build my business faster too…nope, I’m already overwhelmed by students, that’s why you have to apply for the trading challenge, I’m not interested in teaching everyone, I prefer quality over quantity and I’ve learned that as hard as it is creating millionaires from scratch, it’s impossible to do if you have the wrong attitude.

29. I’ll continue my ridiculous traveling because it makes me happy — I love the adventure and meeting people from so many different background…remember, I’m a weird guy as proven by my majoring in Philosophy in college, not business or finance which I learned all on my own.

30. I’m going to end this list now because the flight I’m taking while writing this is landing early so I have to put away my laptop…and, more importantly, I won’t even add any more bullets before publishing this in a few hours because I want you to understand that NOTHING I do is an exact science, you can always adapt in trading and in life, and when you’re a multi-millionaire you can pretty much do whatever you want and you should cherish that freedom and take advantage of it at all times…

…versus if I worked for a big financial media company like the few that have offered to buy me out, I would have to stick to 36 bullet points or change the title to “30” so as to keep up the BS facade of being professional…which I despise…as I’m not a professional, just a self-made multi-millionaire trying to teach you everything I know and have learned the hard-and-sometimes-strange-way over the years so that you can become my next millionaire trading challenge student too!)

40 Lessons From Tim Grittani Passing $4 Million In Profits**

UPDATE: Please wish Tim Grittani a very happy birthday today here, you don’t need to get him anything though, because I think this milestone was more than enough 🙂

Another great week of trading and another big milestone for my top trading challenge student, now teacher too, Tim Grittani, who as you can see here just passed $4 million in trading profits in his 5th year of trading**: Continue reading

My Thoughts On 2 Key Stock Market Deadlines, October 3rd and 15th, 2016

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Normally I don’t like commenting on upcoming events where I can’t predict the outcome, whether it’s earnings reports, GDP estimates, Forex entirely, etc., because the key to my success and the success of my millionaire trading challenge students has been to simply REACT to news/events/price actions that have already occurred…it’s far more predictable. Continue reading

10 Tips From A Female Trader Who Just Passed $100,000 In Profits

URGENT: FINAL 5 earlybird seats to my upcoming conference then they’re gone and back to $1,000 regular price…save $700+ now here

It’s been a crazy few weeks in the US stock market as we keep hitting new highs nearly every day…there are literally more trading opportunities daily than we’ve seen in years past and my students and I are reaping the benefits.

My small $12,415 account I began the year with is up to $65,000 now, my top trading challenge student just passed $3 million in profits as you saw here (he also gives bi-monthly webinars to other trading challenge students, the student has become the master!) and now this great upcoming female trader who I profiled a few weeks ago here just passed $100,000 in profits.

Download a cheat sheet: 10 tips from a female trader who just passed $100,000 in profit.

We all have different account sizes and strategies, but we’ve learned to profit off this great stock market volatility and I LOVE seeing tweets like this from my students: Continue reading

Free Webinar Replay With My Top Student Tim Grittani Who Just Passed $3 Million In Trading Profits


It’s been a crazy few days in terms of hot plays as you saw here, but more importantly, several students are passing key profit milestones…this female trader just passed $100k and congratulations to my top student (and now truly great trader/teacher in his own right, Tim Grittani, who just passed $3 million in profits last week!

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Save $1,000 off here on his top rated 16-hour DVD guide and apply here for access to his bi-monthly webinars available EXCLUSIVELY to Trading Challenges students…and if you want to see if he will come through with his promise of wearing gym shorts to my upcoming conference, register HERE LOL


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