01 Mar The Best, Or Nothing
The Best, Or Nothing
Feb. 29, 2023
If we want to achieve life-changing goals, ‘The Best, Or Nothing” is a terrible mantra.
The worst, actually.
Research shows we’re currently experiencing mental health issues of epic proportions, created in part by a widespread lack of goal-achieving.
And why aren’t goals being accomplished? Because if we don’t make a million dollars tomorrow, sell 100,000 widgets in an hour, or lose 50 lbs. immediately, we quit.
If we can’t be the best, what’s the point?
If we miss one day, it’s over.
If we have a losing month, the system’s a sham.
Is it any wonder New Year’s Resolutions only last a few weeks?
How do we fix it? Simple. Just change the mantra to “Do it today, even for a minute. Even if it’s not very good. And do it again tomorrow.”
Goals are inevitably achieved if that’s the mindset.
But trading is a strange thing.
What works in trading is opposite to what works in real life. Almost always.
In trading, we should only trade the best. Messing around with garbage instruments gets us nowhere.
We looked at one example of this in the last Newsletter.
If we traded the 3 MA Cross System on the GBPJPY only, we hypothetically could have made life-changing money. If we traded the exact same system on the CADJPY, we would’ve ended up in the hole.
The Best, Or Nothing.
But is that just a one-off?
Spoiler Alert: No.
Using the same 3 MA system, here are the yearly returns for some other supposedly viable currency pairs. Here’s EURJPY. That’s a good one right?
The EURJPY barely makes a dime. Here are the Annual Returns for the past 5 years:
NZDJPY? It barely makes money:
USDJPY? Not even close:
But those are all JPY pairs. What about superstars like EURUSD and GBPUSD?
Those are even worse. They’re deeply negative.
In the real world, The Best, Or Nothing is awful.
But in trading, it’s a huge shortcut to success.
Is this always true?
We’ll look at one more thing in our next Newsletter.
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