May

8

 I can only speak for myself, but I take my life very seriously, and I have a lot of fun (which I take seriously).

For many people, work is their life, but not me. I work to have a life, specifically, the life I want.

I figured out a long time ago that I didn't want to be one of those guys who goes to work at 8 am and leaves at 5 pm (I was lucky). As a matter of fact, I don't think I could be happy being one of those guys. Now don't get me wrong; I have nothing but respect for those that do, and I have employees that work those hours. I just know that I'm not wired that way.

I knew I wanted to have a great life, full of fun, adventure and enjoyment, but I also knew that needed to have some way of earning a living to afford the lifestyle that I decided I was going to have. One of the criteria I set was that whatever I did, it was going to have to be fun.

I think of my business as fun. I think of the trading that I do as fun. Sure I get frustrated and I don't really enjoy the losses (even though they are great learning experiences), but all in all, it's fun.

But I arranged my business so that it's fun. So I arranged to do the kind of trading that met my criteria of "fun". Sure, there are times that I get frustrated, but all in all, I'm having fun.

I have a buddy who runs a firm similar to mine in Jackson Mississippi and we talk on a regular basis. We have been a good sounding board for each other, especially when we're frustrated. He said something to me one time that has become the mantra that we repeat to each other whenever we're frustrated. It goes: "No matter how frustrated or aggravated we get, remember, where else can a couple of guys like us go and earn ballplayer money?"

That about sums it up.

If you want a good life, then create that life. If you're not having fun, then change your attitude or rearrange your life to create the life you want.

Remember, you have created the exact life that you wanted (whether you realize it or not). And it's possible to change it. Believe me, I know!

Remember this: Life is too beautiful and too short to waste any time not having the maximum amount of joy possible.

There is a "fun" version of E=MC2. It's J=AM2.

J = Joy
A = Attitude
M = Mental state of mind (the things you choose to believe).

The amount of joy or unhappiness in your life is on a log scale. Your Joy increases or decreases exponentially with the your state of mind, belief system, and attitude squared!

The rich get richer The poorer get poorer happy people always seem to get more and more happiness in their life. Sad people always seem to attract calamity after calamity.

If you want to really know what your core values are, your core attitude, take some time and pay close attention to the kind of things you attract into your life.

But I warn you, don't take that challenge if you are the kind of person who is unwilling to face the reality of what you may find.


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