We Are Traders: A Tribute To All the Traders Out There

When I’m trading, I like to have things that can quickly put me in the right trading mindset. I think it’s important for every trader to be able to place themselves in the right frame of mind before the day begins and during the day when losses, mistakes, or boredom can leave one in a negative state of mind. One of the ways I found that I could quickly achieve a state conducive to optimal trading was to watch motivational videos and commercials. I especially like Michael Jordan commercials where he talks about what it takes to succeed and be the best. It gets my blood pumping and and rapidly elevates my level of focus. In fact, any video about great athletes can do the job because I view trading as a mental sport.

For years, I wished there was a video or commercial like that specifically made for us traders. One that paid tribute to us as traders. One that shot down the skeptics in a “us against the world’ type of way. But I couldn’t find one. And that irritated me. What we do is just as tough from a mental and skill-based perspective as any sport. Why was there nothing out there for us?  But then, years later, we launched OpenTrader.com. And it hit me. I was going to produce this video that I’ve always wanted. So I sat down and started writing from the heart. Writing about how we are misperceived as traders. Writing about who we are and what it means to be a trader. Writing a tribute to all those who have ever taken this incredible challenge.

When I was finished, I read it to Awais. I didn’t know what he’d think of it. But he liked it. It resonated with him as a trader. And so we set out to plan how it would become a video. It wasn’t going to be an easy undertaking to translate the vision in our heads onto the screen. But man did we have fun doing it. We’ve had a great ride so far building up OpenTrader.com, but possibly the most fun and gratifying part of it was working on this video. We ended up calling the video “We Are Traders”, and today it just hit over 200,000 views. It has now been translated into two other languages and received over 150,000 views in those. Over 1,000 traders have it as one of their favorite videos on YouTube, and some have sent us emails telling us that they watch it each day before the market open to pump themselves up.

But the other part of the video called for a movement. A movement to join us. In the beginning we were building a social network for traders built on transparency. The vision behind it was to find legitimate traders who would prove that they actually make money and then teach others through our site. But it was difficult to find such traders. And then we had our next realization. That we were very skilled and profitable traders who also had the talent to teach. So why not go out and build the best training program in the world for independent traders, and do it ourselves? And that’s when OpenTrader was reborn, and now that vision has been accomplished with the launch of our Professional Training Program.

Check out our video if you haven’t yet:

  • MBAGearhead

    “That’s why this year we’re going to be trading a live account publicly on this blog…”

    I’ll look forward to that. Hopefully you show fills on charts, equity curves, account statements, etc. Not enough traders show the ups AND downs of trading. Thanks.


    • Absolutely. That’s exactly what we plan to show. Full transparency. The ups, the downs, the hits and the profits.

      • MBAGearhead

        Guess your plans changed? I can’t think of any educators that provide full transparency. Are you just like the rest of ’em…

        • We haven’t had time to actively blog like originally planned but I did show two year’s worth of real brokerage statements showing ups and downs, including the winning and the losing days, via numerous public webinars.

  • EasySkanking

    Awesome Ziad,

    Just when I thought, “This guy’s finally “falling down” (not that I want you to lol), you surprise me with just the opposite :) – i guess you keep your “falls” private. Keep it up man, keep pushing forward and eventually you will achieve that greatness that you seek in trading :). This is just part of it.

    I wish I was still trading, to compete with your public trading account (I love to compete, although I would probably be decimated) or to take your training program. But I’m still struggling just to stay on my feet lol :)

    Anyway, I’m sure you’re going to get a lot of attention with this and draw a lot of people to your training program. Not only will you win, but so will others who take the training program. That’s usually how it works anyway, doesn’t it? People are drawn to those who help them win. Hey, how about adding a linked annotation to the “We Are Traders” video, telling people about the training program, since it’s getting so many views? Just an idea :) Good luck man, and I wish you all the best :)

    • lol. Not sure why you’d think I’m “falling down” or what you actually mean by that, but I’m actually doing great :) Thanks for the kind wishes ;)

      • EasySkanking

        Sorry, I tried to write something positive :), but it’s kind hard to when you’ve had 9 hours of sleep in the last 3 days.

  • Leo

    This video doesn’t just motivates me but brings a lot of pride back into what I/we do. I don’t think anyone could’ve put it any better. Thank you for the video Ziad, it’s a real treasure.

    • You’re very welcome Leo. Only us traders would get it ;)

  • This is my favourit video in connection with trading and motivation. Every time I feel something wrong during the trading, I immediately see it. Thanx!

    • That’s great to hear Mihalyi! That’s exactly how I hoped traders would use it.

  • som

    Lv it Ziad…have had it on my page for a few months now….when’s the sequel :)

  • Stephen Mizell

    Me Too

  • gaptrd123

    Hi Guys

    Did yourself and Awais star in the video which by the way is very powerful and motivational?

    • Thanks, glad you liked it! This was filmed in Dubai so Awais wasn’t there at the time. I’m in it throwing the dice at the beginning and handing the money in the middle, but you don’t see my face. We didn’t want to make it self-promotional :)

  • agnnis

    very informative thanks hope i could get benefit when trade in zfoex.co.uk.

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