Thursday, April 22, 2010

Winding Down the TraderFeed Blog

I've been blessed with many colleagues and friends through the TraderFeed blog; it has been a most gratifying experience sharing ideas about psychology and markets over the years. With nearly 3700 posts on topics ranging from short-term trading techniques to behavioral finance and self-help methods for problems affecting traders, the blog has become the largest compendium of trading psychology-related material on the Web.

Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, my continued writing of the blog will need to wind down in coming weeks due to a major career change. My future coaching involvement with traders will preclude me from writing: much of what I'll be doing will need to be proprietary. When the i's are dotted and the t's crossed, I'll announce that change in coaching involvement more specifically.

The reason for the career change is pretty simple: If I as a coach am not pushing myself to grow and develop, then my efforts to help others evolve are fraudulent. I cannot offer others more than I can achieve myself. To take myself to the next level as a psychologist, I need to pursue challenges that will bring the best out in me.

Remember this: Your growth always lies on the other side of your discomfort. Whether it's in the weight room or in career decisions, you'll never develop yourself by staying in your comfort zone. People don't become old when they reach a certain birthday; they become old when they decide to live life without crossing that line of discomfort.

So, as the blog wraps up, what topics would you like for me to tackle? I'll happily take suggestions as comments to this post. I may not be able to get to all topics in the days ahead, but I'll make a sincere effort. As always, thanks for your understanding and support.