Sometimes you have a day that just makes you think, ‘Now this – this – is why I’m a blogger.”
There are days I wonder why I bother blogging at all. There are thousands of financial bloggers out there who are better/more informed/funnier/cleverer than me, so why do I persist?
There’s actually a variety of reasons that range from boring things like the fact that I just quite like writing, to other less boring things like the secret fact that sometimes I quite like the idea of being mobbed in the supermarket by a huge crowd of “Rogue Traderette” T-shirt-wearing fans.
Sadly, my town doesn’t have a supermarket so that dream is a way off yet, although I’m thinking of getting some shirts for my husband and kids, just to get things rolling.
But it’s not just about fame. Fame can work both ways, after all – it’s possible that I’ll die in obscurity with a blog that gets 3 views a day and a T-shirt that gets worn to bad-taste theme parties.
But after a day like the one I had recently, that would actually be okay. You know why?
Because I changed things for someone just by writing.
It’s funny to think that one little sentence can have such a dramatic impact on someone when you’ve never met them, don’t know their circumstances and would not even know they’d read your post if they hadn’t taken the time to contact you.
So that made my day, but it’s more a testament to Rob, the reader, than it is to me.
You can read blog after brilliant blog but it’s pointless if you don’t read the words whilst looking inwards. If you can’t – or won’t - find ways to apply what you’ve learnt, you may as well not waste your time reading those blogs at all because the words will be like water off a ducks back.
There is enough quality trading information in the blogosphere to literally teach you how to trade. There is incredible wisdom, generous writers and an enormous amount of collective knowledge that you can draw upon – information that many trading educators charge thousands of dollars for.
If you have the inclination to learn, it’s all at your fingertips.
Rob changed his life (his words, not mine) by taking one sentence to heart. One sentence. Sure, it stood out to him as something of importance; but he took the time to follow that line of thought, delve into the goopy hidden part of his life and use what he found there to change.
That is hard work. It hurts. It can be shameful, at times, or embarrassing to face the things that are holding you back, but it’s necessary if you want to become a better trader.
If you want to read an honest account of Robs trading adventures, check out his blog as he has some pretty important wisdom of his own to impart.