“OH LOUISE… YOU DON’T understand the plight of being a beautiful woman.” She closed her exquisite eyes and two delicate tears rolled down her cheeks.
Beautiful ex-model, Lisa, had come to me for sharemarket training… or so I thought. In reality she wanted me to rescue her.
She’d lost $650,000 of her pilot-husband’s Superannuation money and she wanted me to dig her out of the hole. With only $140,000 of the Super fund remaining, she’d grown desperate.
Lisa told me how she wanted to be seen as something other than just a pretty handbag. That’s why she started trading. To prove her worth on a realm other than her looks. But with no training, no mentoring… her descent was fast and hard.
The markets never reward desperation. They only reward clear thinking, discipline and courage. The mirror of the markets reflected Lisa’s lack of preparation as a trader.
Lisa’s primary ‘currency’ was her looks.
What’s your currency? What do you bring to the world that opens doors, opens money vaults, opens opportunities?
If it’s only something superficial like ‘looks’, you’ll be in trouble… if not today, then tomorrow.
If it’s your job title – even that is temporary in these days of fast retrenchments.
True confidence comes when your currency can’t age, and represents your highest values.
If you can define your currency, it will grant you rock-solid confidence.
And… what is my currency? I’m glad you asked.
I am the rainmaker. I find hidden pockets of money over-looked by others. It’s the currency of all top traders.
We wear our ‘rainmaker’ badge of honour on our hearts. A badge that we awarded ourselves. A badge no-one can take away.
So… what happened to that delicate, sad trader who destroyed her husband’s Super? She didn’t grow, looked for easy solutions to complex problems, and wanted instant fixes. Her marriage dissolved, and she is still looking for another Prince Charming using her depreciating currency of beauty.
I predict that unless she changes her currency, and backs it up with hard work this time, she’ll never experience happiness. Not every Disney princess ends up living happily ever after.
Define your currency, your worth to the world… and it will set you free.