"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." - Walt Disney
I've worked harder this week than ever at my W2 job. So many of the same struggles and thoughts still appear. The voices on why are you doing this, what are you even doing, and you're doing it for zero pay? I have some really valuable takeaways to share with you, regardless of your current situation and no matter what your dreams are. Here's a look into my week as a community builder, with some lessons you can apply to your own path to freedom.
www.goodkidstrading.com has been getting a makeover, and let's be clear: although I've been fascinated with tech since I can remember, it doesn't mean I'm some type of savant who can build a professional webpage or a newsletter in a matter of minutes. I've spent over 30 hours figuring out all the tiny details of how a newsletter gets build... Apparently you need an SPF file, but you cant have two, so you have to merge them... If you want your email to not go straight to spam you need to be authenticated. The format needs to be optimized for multiple devices. Do you see what I mean?
I know the easiest solution is to pay someone to do it all. I actually tried to hire three people, and their first question was, "What do you want?" I said, "I want a cool webpage." "What do you want it to look like?" How would you answer that question? I quickly realized that hiring someone to do the job means I have to know exactly what I want, and just like most things in life, I have no freaking idea what the end product should look like. What I do know is the very next step in what I want. Sometimes it isn't what the end result will look like, it's what is the very next thing I should do to get to that end result. So just focus on that next step, the smaller the step the better. Don't overcomplicate this!
My admins at GKT have been mentioning starting a newsletter showing our highlights and giving a higher-level recap for a while now. I've loved the idea, but once again, I really have no idea what the newsletter should look like and even how an email gets distributed to so many people using the best practices. Combine this with me taking on one of the craziest physical challenges I've EVER done in my entire life this weekend; it's been a whirlwind of a January. I've been consumed all week with writing a newsletter for GKT while having the craziest dreams about running.
What is so hard about building a website and a newsletter, and why am I even doing this anyway? Let me tell you a little story.
The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Step 🚶♂️
When I started trading, I had no idea what I was doing. Little did I know my first time trading on my own ended up being during the .com bubble. If you don't know what that is, I suddenly love you even more for reading this blog…
Basically, I was buying tech stocks at stupidly high valuations. They its like saying I'll give you $500 for that bottle of water. I'm not even joking when I tell you I bought one stock just based on the ticker JDSU because some guy on a financial television channel said it stood for Just Don't Sell Us… How can you sell that stock, I thought back then. How freaking stupid… Needless to say, I soon realized that trading is not a get-rich-quick scheme, that people aren't always the experts they proclaim to be. I blew that account up back in my 20s. JDSU and every other tech stock ended up being worth pennies… But what an amazing learning opportunity that was.
I was determined to learn as much as I could. I read books, watched videos, attended so many trading seminars that ended up being sales pitches instead of education, and joined many online communities. I learned about technical analysis, fundamental analysis, risk management, and trader psychology. I learned how to read charts, indicators, patterns, and trends. I learned about market cycles, market rotations, and so many trading strategies it isn't even funny.
What I ended up learning was how to trade. But the thing is, I didn't learn how to trade exactly like any of the people who taught me. I developed my own strategy, style, and system. I still to this day, after two decades, test, tweak, and improve my trading styles. I learned from my mistakes and successes. I learned how to be consistent, confident, and profitable.
And you know what? It paid off. Big time. I was able to quit my boring 7-to-6 career because I built multiple streams of income, and I now have the opportunity to live the life of my dreams. I can literally travel the world, pursue my passions, and enjoy my freedom. But to be honest, after a while, the constant traveling, the cruises, the lavish lifestyle isn't something I want continuously. If that's your thing, cool zero, judgment from me. But as the old saying goes, be careful what you wish for; you just might get it all.
Instead of just moving to some tropical location and flying under the radar, I decided to
start a new project. Although I say I don't have a real job, because I certainly do not, I've created what is essentially a new career. I think 95% of the people who say they want to retire on the beach and drink tropical drinks would end up being just as miserable as they were at work. The trick is learning to enjoy whatever you are doing right now, so you can continue to enjoy doing whatever you want to do once your build up enjoy income to actually work on your passion project for free.
I want to share my knowledge and experience with others. To help people who are in the same position I was back then. A place where someone else has control of my life and my dreams. But more importantly, I'm here to tell everyone freedom is obtainable if you really want it and are willing to make a few changes that might feel like sacrifices for a little bit. To show people that the stock market doesn't have to be a casino. To teach you that the stock market can be one source of income, allowing you freedom and happiness.
That's why I created this website and Good Kids Trading. And you know what else? I give it all away for free. I don't charge a dime for anything. I post all my trades, all my analysis, all my results, all my lessons, all my secrets, for free. I don't mind if you want to buy me a cup of coffee, but a thank you goes just as far in terms of satisfaction.
I've had a few people ask me why do I do all this for free? Am I crazy? You damn right I am.
I do this because I know I can make a difference; I do this because when people pay for a service, it changes the dynamics. "People pay attention when they pay" is such a weird way to justify charging people to learn. Sure, people might feel guilty if they are throwing away their money, but is that really a good reason to profit from them? Do you really pay attention because you gave someone money?
I spent 40 hours building a newsletter this week because I care. I do it because I know I can make a difference in your life. I do it because I believe in giving back. I do it because I believe in karma. I do it because I believe in abundance. Pay attention, or don't, stick around because I'm going to keep giving you the real experience and knowledge that has changed me, and I know it can change you as well!
If you made it this far in my post, I want you to know I appreciate you more than you can possibly know. I will continue to share my playbook with you so that you too can find your own playbook to freedom!