Episode 272: Making Decisions Ahead of Time Prevents Under-Pressure Mistakes

For Episode 272 of The Traders Podcast, your host Rob Booker is broadcasting from the happiest place on Earth: Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Rob begins by listing all the things he did not learn while at Disneyland. Then Rob suggests that you don’t learn much about trading from trading. He discusses the contrast between our lack of perspective while in the midst of a learning experience (such as trading), versus the insights that come after having passed through said experience.

Rob also talks about the benefits of making your decisions in advance, in order to avoid confusion when the pressure is on. Rob wraps up this show with some ideas for improving your trading by explaining what he does to keep himself in line. Be sure to subscribe to The Traders Podcast — free in iTunes — and thanks for listening.

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Episode 103: Self-Sabotage – There’s Always Some Reason to Feel Not Good Enough

Rob Booker and his producer Jason Pyles discuss the concept of “self-sabotage” and whether it exists. This episode is a journey of honesty that ultimately leads back to trading.

This conversation begins with Jason talking about his inexplicable, recurring desire to keep getting involved in horror movie podcasting every few months (even though it never seems to be a welcome fit for him).

Rob muses over various phenomena that could be misconstrued and misidentified as self-sabotage. Rob asks if we subconsciously self-sabotage things that we don’t actually want to do (even though we think we want to do them on a conscious level).

A few of the questions from this episode: Is Rob a hedonist? Is Jason a masochist? Does it all come down to discipline? Does it all come down to perspective? Do we engage in destructive behavior in order to lash out because it’s easier than being honest about how we really feel? And are we being honest about what it is that we want most?

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