For any of you who have partaken in the shooting sports, you’ve certainly heard the term “make the shot count.”
Well, it’s no different in trading. “Make the trade count.”
I was an avid hunter in my younger years. I spent more time in the woods and fields from September to January than I spent time anywhere else. I absolutely loved it!
My pop introduced me to shooting at a young age. The respect I have for a weapon runs deep. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been shooting.
When you’re a youngster, you set up some empty cans in a field and shoot at them. When you get older, you start competition shooting. At least, I did.
The number-one thing that my pop, who was a master marksman, instilled in me was to make every single shot count. If it’s not going to count, don’t take it. It’s that simple.
Make It Count
As I began hunting, the respect for the weapon, while a huge part of it, wasn’t the only thing that deserved respect. The animal which I had set out to harvest deserved the same.
I’ve never let an animal go to waste, no matter how big or small. If I didn’t eat it myself, I’d donate to an organization that would feed the less fortunate.
At that point, “making the shot count” had taken on a new meaning. There was an animal’s life at stake. That animal didn’t deserve to suffer.
If I couldn’t take a clean kill shot and make it count, I wouldn’t pull that trigger or let that arrow fly.
It wasn’t fair to the animal. That animal deserved better. It’s giving its life for a greater purpose…. Nutrition, for the one harvesting it and their family.
I feel so strongly about making the shot count, I won’t hunt with someone who doesn’t feel the same. I realize I can’t control others’ actions, but it’s only fair.
It’s the Same in Trading
Why do I tell you all of this?
Because I do the same thing when I place a trade. It has to count! If it’s not going to count or if it doesn’t check all the boxes… I’m simply not going to take the trade.
Your trade deserves your respect. Your money at stake deserves your very best!
If I watched the market all year long and I only had just ONE trade align, but I was certain without a shadow of a doubt that it checked all the boxes of my trade plan, I’d simply just go all in on it and remain in cash for the balance of the year.
Not because I don’t want to trade, but because I made it count, and it was the harvest of the year. Life and livelihoods are nothing to fool around with. They MUST count!
Now, when it comes to my golf game on the other hand, the only thing I count is how many balls I lose in a given round.
I love the game. I love the comradery. It’s not my life, nor is it my livelihood. That’s when and where I let loose. It’s just for a good time!
Rules to Live By
“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
― Dr. Seuss
Until next time, I wish you a beautiful and blessed day!
Yours In Trading Success,
Anthony Speciale Jr.