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How An Unskilled Stocks Trader Becomes A Skilled Stocks Trader

Jun 30, 2008
The things that separate the amateur stocks trader from the professional stocks trader are the same things that separate the boys from the men. And no, I'm not being sexist there. Everyone, and I mean everyone is indeed capable of making the jump to becoming a successful professional stocks trader. However, what many amateur stocks traders lack is often NOT knowledge, but important SOFT SKILLS. Now you may be wondering: what do I mean by soft skills?

First off, I'd like to clarify the distinction between hard and soft skills. Hard skills are those traits that point towards an emphasis on the technical facets of stocks trading. For example, what a put option represents, what a future does, what this index entails and so forth. But then, soft skills are those traits that are heavily associated with the mentality of the trader especially how they react to adjustments in the price of stocks.

There are three types of soft skills that I believe to be the most crucial and which you need to take on in order to transform from an amateurish stocks trader to a pro stocks trader.

1. ***Think long term, not short term*** - skilled stocks traders are getting ahead because they think long term. They're never in it for a short-run reward. How come? Because short-run rewards are generally limited and occasionally nonexistent. But if they persevere for a lengthy period of time, for instance 5 years, then they can realistically foresee a sturdy and larger reward due to the extended period of time. Hence the message is that whatever success in stock trading can exclusively be secured if you commit for the long haul. Short-run rewards are exclusively for unskilled stocks traders!

2. ***Predict losses*** - this soft skill is affiliated with the first skill of persevering for a lengthy period of time. Skilled stocks traders always foresee losses in the short-run in order for a handsomer reward in the long haul. It's easy to get disheartened by the thought of absorbing losses but the fact is that if all that you foresee are rewards, then you'll be left disappointed and will chicken out of stocks trading before you know it. Short-run losses are on the whole part of the formula of attaining a reward in the long haul. Accordingly, it's essential to not be disheartened by the thought of losses in order to at long last be triumphant as a skilled stocks trader.

3. ***Be decisive!*** - Napoleon Hill says that successful people are those that makes decisions quickly and change them slowly. This is also a trait of successful professional stocks traders. Unfortunately, most stocks traders are those who make decisions slowly and change them quickly. And in a volatile stockmarket, making decisions quickly becomes even more important. Changes in the stockmarket have to be reacted to quickly but they must be done in a decisive manner, because sticking to your decisions is one of the traits of a successful professional stocks trader.

Those are probably the 3 most important soft skills that professional stocks traders employ than amateur ones do not. However, there are courses on the Internet that teach you these soft skills and others in much greater depth. It's all about finding the best course and program for you. In particular, there is one great course called Masterful Trading that we offer for FREE on our website and which can be immediately accessed by anyone. In addition, we have other great articles on the latest techniques and strategies for successful stock trading.
About the Author
Martin Sejas is the chief writer of Stocks-And-Commodities.com, a leading stocks trading website dedicated to finding the best and the newest strategies and techniques for stocks and commodities trading. Its goal is to become the 'one-stop shop' for stocks online.
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