I was saddened to hear that Larry King passed away over the weekend \u2026 He was a true legend and one of the greatest interviewers of all time. His CNN show \u201cLarry King Live\u201d had an incredible 25-year run. He interviewed pretty much anyone who's anyone, including every U.S. president from Ford to Obama. I had the honor of being interviewed by Larry King in 2015. I was blown away by him \u2014 and not just because he asked smart questions. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Timothy Sykes (@timothysykes) Not only was he an incredible interviewer, but he was kind, funny, sharp, humble, and incredibly knowledgeable. He was and continues to be an inspiration to me. (I wasn\u2019t the only one he inspired. This USA Today article features a ton of amazing tributes. Sadly, there was one notable naysayer \u2014 I wasn\u2019t afraid to call BS on it. Be sure to scan to the end of the article to see how I defended my friend Larry.) I\u2019d like to take a moment to express my gratitude for some of the lessons he taught me... Lessons I Learned From Larry King It was an incredible honor to be interviewed by Larry King \u2014 after all, he\u2019s a TV legend. But I\u2019ve gotta say that his fame isn\u2019t what impressed me most. Here\u2019s what really inspired me... The Power of Authenticity Just like in the world of day trading, the world of network TV is full of phonies, fakes, and huge egos. Larry King didn\u2019t let it get to him. Maintaining a strong sense of who you are can be really hard when you\u2019re in the public eye, but Larry was always completely authentic. As a teacher, I\u2019m inspired by his authenticity. I think that transparency and being real are what set me apart. I don\u2019t portray day trading as glamorous to my students. I want them to know that if they want this kind of life, they\u2019re gonna have to work hard, and it\u2019s not always gonna be fun. And I want them to know it\u2019s not a get-rich-quick scheme. I share EVERY trade publicly to demonstrate the real side of trading \u2014 I urge my students to be completely transparent too. You\u2019ve Gotta Stay Humble One of the secrets to Larry\u2019s success as an interviewer? His humility. No matter if he was interviewing a U.S. president, a celebrity, or a day trading teacher like me, he always approached his interviewee with the same level of respect. He was genuinely interested in people. Larry King was curious about the world. He was humble and always ready to learn something new. https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?vZzvHSQNLMoo A lot of day traders could take a cue from this. I see so many people have one or two big wins then get a huge head \u2026 They get cocky, and that usually leads to trouble. I always say that in the stock market, you\u2019ve gotta stay humble or the market will humble you \u2026 But really, that\u2019s a life lesson. Always stay humble, and always recognize that there\u2019s more to learn! https:\/\/twitter.com\/timothysykes\/status\/1282665776688902144 Incredible Work Ethic There was never a point where Larry King said, \u2018OK, I\u2019m famous enough, I can stop trying so hard.\u2019 He had an incredible work ethic. He always did his research and showed up mentally. This was a guy who embodied the \u2018no days off\u2019 mindset. It didn\u2019t matter that he was rich or famous. He kept working hard every day. As a day trader, I want you to be inspired by Larry King\u2019s incredible work ethic. I want you to know that you\u2019re always going to have to work hard. If you think that trading is the type of job where you work hard for a little while, make millions, then retire, you\u2019re wrong. The \u2018money mindset\u2019 is a huge problem for so many traders. They don\u2019t take the time to actually learn the rules or understand the process. They\u2019re so blinded by the idea of money that they don\u2019t have any idea what actually motivates them. If you ask me, the most \u2018successful\u2019 traders are the ones who find a genuine passion for the process, stay motivated, and aren\u2019t afraid to work hard. Sometimes, your motivation will shift. For instance, I used to be motivated by money and things like expensive cars. Now that I have financial freedom, I\u2019m motivated to make money trading so that I can give back through teaching my students and donating my profits to charity. Larry King wasn\u2019t a day trader, but his self-motivation and work ethic should be an inspiration to all of you. You\u2019re never gonna find success in anything \u2014 whether it\u2019s trading or anything else \u2014 if you\u2019re not willing to keep putting in the work. His Legacy Will Live On Larry King was an incredibly inspiring man. I learned a lot from his amazing work ethic and attitude toward life. I\u2019ll miss him greatly \u2014 but I\u2019m so thankful to have had the chance to be interviewed by him, and for the inspiration that he gave me and so many others. Check out my full interview with Larry King here. Larry, your incredible work will live on \u2014 rest in peace, legend! Are you inspired to be authentic, stay humble, and work hard? Leave a comment \u2026 I love hearing from you!