$1,000,000 before 30 (Pt. 2)

Link: (Pt. 1)

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure” – The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

As of 5/14/17

  • Age: 25
  • Net Worth: 30,000

As of 2/7/17

  • Age: 26
  • Net Worth: 60,000

Thoughts from the past 8 months:

  • The path to wealth is not working for someone else / in a corporation.  Bringing products of value to fruition leads to true wealth.
  • If you bring something novel and useful to this world, something people need that they didn’t even know they needed, you will be handsomely rewarded both monetarily and spiritually.
  • My net worth has doubled, driven by favorable market movement, but I find myself drawn less toward a specific number and more toward fulfilling a purpose.
  • I’m shifting my focus from what to why.  To quote Benjamin Hardy’s terrific article on Medium:

You get to decide right now.

Your vision should be based on your why, not so much your what.

Your why is your reason, your what is how that is manifest. And your “what” can happen in a ton of different ways. For example, my why is to help people get clarity on the life they want to live, and to help them achieve their goals as quickly as possible. My what could be blogging, parenting, being a student, going out to dinner, and several other things.

Too many people think creating a vision is about nailing down exactly what they want in the next 20 years. The problem with this mega long-term approach to goal setting is that it actually slows your potential.

Instead of having a pre-set plan of what he wants to do, Tim Ferriss executes on 3-6 month experiments that he’s currently excited about. He told Darren Hardy in an interview that he has no clue what the outcome of his experiments might be. So there’s no point in making long-term plans. He has no clue what doors will open up, and he wants to be open to the best possibilities.

But his why doesn’t change.

When you are proactively creating and collaborating with many different people, the whole becomes different and better than the sum of its parts. This is why you can’t plan for everything. Because at the highest level, you’ve transcended your need to have things exactly how you want them. You know that with the help of other people, you can do things 10X, 100X, or 1000X bigger and better than you could ever conceive on your own.

Rather than expecting a particular outcome, you are completely confident that the best outcome will ensue. This is how you create and contribute beyond anything you could ever comprehend. Collaboration and synergy lead to new innovations and ultimately, human evolution. It’s how the old and outdated rules are redefined and replaced with new and better ones, thus changing the global environment.

My “why” is to use technology to help people improve their lives and continually move toward a better version of themselves.

I am still drawn to the goal of having a net worth of $1,000,000 before 30, but that goal is now less relevant/important from eight months ago.

To close, I couldn’t have said it better than Jim Rohn did here:

“The greatest reward in becoming a millionaire is not the amount of money that you earn. It is the kind of person that you have to become to become a millionaire.” — Jim Rohn

Thanks for reading. I’ve listed the books I’ve read, will read, and am reading right now below.

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Reading:

  • The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck – Mark Manson

To Read:

  • Good to Great – Jim Collins

Read:

  • Drive – Daniel H. Pink
  • The 4 Hour Work Week – Tim Ferris
  • The Alchemist – Paulo Coehlo
  • Reminisces of a Stock Operator – Edwin Lefevre
  • The Disciplined Trader – Mark Douglas
  • Mastering The Trade – John F. Carter
  • The Intelligent Investor – Benjamin Graham
  • Money: Master The Game – Tony Robbins
  • Unshakeable – Tony Robbins
  • More Money Than God – Sebastian Mallaby
  • Principles – Ray Dalio (read 1/2, found book repetitive)
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July 2017 – Monthly Summary

  • Down on the month by (46.83%)
  • On 6/30/17 started with $2,934.42, as of 7/30/17 @ $1,560.10
  • Five trades, total realized P/L: $(1,369.07)
    • AEZS +$10.98
    • ATHX $(13.02)
    • CERU / DARE $(1,433.92)
    • MSDI +$57.83
    • VSTM: + $9.06

NAV July 2017Trades July 2017

Takeaways:

  • Don’t bet on a comeback from a conference call
  • Don’t bet on a comeback after a reverse stock split, ESPECIALLY when the firm in question received notice from the NASDAQ about keeping their stock above $1
  • Don’t fall for confirmation bias more than once, I found myself searching the web / news / stocktwits / seeking alpha / etc. looking for something to confirm that this stock was going to make a come back and that I would be rewarded for holding and hoping.  I was looking for Ovaprene (flagship drug that DARE is developing) to be a game changer, but their game plan is far out, two years – not now.
  • Don’t fall for wanting to be right over making money.  I was wrong, I should have cut my losses as soon as my mental stop was hit.
  • Respect your max loss for each trade.  Focus on minimizing the downside, the upside will take care of itself.  Instead of focusing on the amount of money you can make from a trade, focus on what is the MOST you can risk losing.
  • Trading without a system, is asking for disaster.  Focus on three things:
    • Trading Methodology
    • Money Management Technique
    • Best Markets for Setup

Books Read YTD

  • Mastering the Trade – John F. Carter
  • Reminiscences of a Stock Operator – Edwin Lefevre
  • Unshakeable – Tony Robbins
  • The Disciplined Trader – Mark Douglas (half way through currently)

Net Worth Update

  • 5/14/17: $30,000
  • 7/30/17: $40,000

First Significant Loss – $(1,426), 50% of Account

$(1,426) realized loss on DARE (before reverse stock split, CERU)

  1. Entry: BOT 2000 Shares @ 1.14 average fill price
  2. 10:1 Reverse Stock Split (CERU -> DARE)
  3. Exit: SLD 200 Shares @ 4.29 average fill price

Account size halved from ~$3,000 to ~$1,500.

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High Level: Dragged out, hope filled disappointment.  The silver lining is that this is an experience I can learn from and the loss is bearable, I’m only trading with what I can lose – with what I can psychologically handle.

Strategy: Initially, buy the breakout on good news and exit at target.  What actually happened: Hold, hope, hold the bags & suffer till you can’t take it anymore.  From what I’ve read … classic new trader behavior.

Exit description: I sold my 200 shares of DARE earlier this morning because I finally realized how ridiculous my reasons were for holding.  From the very beginning I was stubborn and wanted to be right instead of seeing what was in front of me, a clear pump and dump that I should have left at first sign of declining volume and flattening price action.  I was greedy.  I didn’t want to realize a loss at $200, but my total loss could be $200 and not $1,500.  On the flip side, I am thankful that this was a $1,500 loss, not $15,000 or $150,000.  This is tuition, this is education, I need these losses to learn what not to do.

A few more takeaways from this trade:

  1. Don’t bet on a comeback from a conference call
  2. Don’t bet on a comeback after a reverse stock split, ESPECIALLY when the firm in question received notice from the NASDAQ about keeping their stock above $1
  3. Don’t fall for confirmation bias more than once, I found myself searching the web / news / stocktwits / seeking alpha / etc. looking for something to confirm that this stock was going to make a come back and that I would be rewarded for holding and hoping.  I was looking for Ovaprene (flagship drug that DARE is developing) to be a game changer, but their game plan is far out, two years – not now.
  4. Don’t fall for wanting to be right over making money.  I was wrong, I should have cut my losses as soon as my mental stop was hit.
  5. Respect your max loss for each trade.  Focus on minimizing the downside, the upside will take care of itself.  Instead of focusing on the amount of money you can make from a trade, focus on what is the MOST you can risk losing.
  6. Trading without a system, is asking for disaster.  Focus on three things:
    • Trading Methodology
    • Money Management Technique
    • Best Markets for Setup

Rule #1: Never Lose Money

Rule #2: Never forget Rule #1

– Warren Buffet

Trades #8, #9, #10 (CERU, VSTM, ATHX) 7/7/17

($680) in the hole, unrealized on CERU

  • Risk: ($0.10)
  • Size: 2000 shares
  • Target Price: +$0.30
  • Didn’t use a hard stop
  • The thought of being green on the trade, north of $100, then turning red on the trade messed me up. I was stubborn, and hoped that the stock would bounce back and I could break even
    • Removed “unrealized gain” from chart, focus on trading off of the chart
    • Move away from focusing on how much money you’re making on a trade and focus on managing risk
    • Capital protection is the most important aspect of trading, taking small losses is paramount
    • Cut losses, re-entry is only a commission away

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  • CERU has a special meeting on July 19th to vote for the following:

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  • I’m switching my strategy on CERU. I will wait until 7/19, if the meeting goes well, TP of $2.00

Losers average losers

– Paul Tudor Jones

+$11.08 realized on VSTM

  • Buy the breakout, I didn’t plan for this trade, emotional
  • Closed the trade because I was afraid of losing money, did not have a plan
  • No plan, horrible trade, impulsive

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($2.00) unrealized on ATHX

  • Buy the breakout, I didn’t plan for this trade, emotional
  • Did not close the trade because my mindset was “this is a small money trade, I’m red right now, I’ll wait till I’m green to close.”
  • No plan, horrible trade, impulsive

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Trade #7 & #8 – $CERU & $MSDI 7/6/17

Watching CERU & MSDI, both gainers

$CERU – focusing on buying the morning dip. Other traders taking profits while momentum from good news will give CERU room to run.

  • Risk: 10 cents below entry ($100)
  • Target: 30 cents above entry ($300)
  • Size: 1000 shares
  • Catalyst: good news from Dare Bio-sciences regarding merger / partnership. Day 1 spiked, likely news is slow to spread, there will be another green day.

$MSDI – same exact play, same risk / reward from entry, same size if possible, if not scaling down to 500 shares


7/6/17 7:56AM

Horrible trade. Currently down ($450)


I went long on a strong red day.


I added to a position (doubled it) out of pure greed.

I ignored my 10 point mental stop because I listened to hope & emotion over logic and my plan.

Mentally, I couldn’t cut the trade off because I “felt like” it could make it back to break even. I felt horrible for losing almost ($500) in less than 15 minutes.

I feel like shit, I lost money, I didn’t follow my plan.

I will not allow yesterday’s success to lull me into today’s complacency, for this is the great foundation of failure.

– Og Mandingo