I was born in Southern California in 197 . . .okay, so you don’t need to know everything. I’ll start with college. Like just about every point in my life before and after, I was confused about what I wanted to do and had six different majors before settling on Philosophy. I became enamored with the criminal justice system and decided I would get into a “top 20” law school, find a job at a big time D.A.’s office, climb the ranks and fight the good fight. While I accomplished the first three, I realized I was not fighting the good fight. My philosophical background had me questioning just about everything I did at the D.A.’s office. How do I send a man to prison when I am not one hundred percent positive he did the crime? How do I argue that a drug offender spend half his life in prison while a sex offender is out in 2 years? Why am I helping to uphold laws I don’t believe in? How do I live with myself? One day I woke up and realized I couldn’t, and quit that same day. A lot of people thought I was crazy, but I try to live life as Nietzsche’s Uberman would, following my own voice rather than the herd. As you all know, this is a successful principle in trading as well as life.
Now I was back to being confused about what to do with my life. While working a new job for which I felt no passion, I became more and more fascinated with the stock market. I had been trading, creating systems and reading everything I could get my hands on about the markets since high school, but it had never occurred to me that I could do it full time. That changed when I started making more money trading than I was at my day job. Trading full-time seemed like a crazy idea, but then I started reading about people who were doing it for a living and I thought “why not”. So that is now my passion and career goal, to become a professional trader. Once I have $500,000 of disposable income, I will walk into my boss’s office and peak the immortal words of Johnny Paycheck. Well maybe not like that, as I do have a good job and my co-workers are great. But you get the gist. Once I become a trader, I never want to work for anybody but myself again.
In 2004, I was almost halfway towards my goal ($235,000), but life’s forces butted in. I had a daughter, my wife wanted a bigger house, and I wanted some new toys. So I’ve started over as I did the last time, with $25,000 to try and build into a fortune. It’s even more fun this time, as you guys will be watching my every move.
So there it is, my plan to become a professional trader. With the advent of the Internet, I’ve had a lot of help along the way, from a group of people who probably don’t even know how much they’ve inspired me. If you’ve somehow found this little blog floating around in cyberspace, I hope it helps inspire you even 1/10th as much as the sites on my “blogroll” did me.
Goodluck and keep on trading!
Paul, the self proclaimed "Market Speculator"