What Do You Do When the Market Closes?

The closing bell rings. You turn off your screens, reflect briefly on the trading day, and you’re off to relax. But wait. Have you ever wondered what the top traders are doing? You know, the ones making consistent 6 and 7 figures.

Well, I’ll tell you what they’re doing. They’re taking a brief rest, because they’re about to come back, sit down, and plunge into the charts.  They’re not happy to just go relax, because this isn’t a 9-5 job that they drag themselves into each day. Rather, they love it and all they can think of is getting  better. So they do the only thing that makes sense to them. They work on themselves and their trading.

They use the after hours to dig into their recent trading history and dissect the results. What’s working for them? What’s costing them money? What weaknesses do they need to overcome and strengths do they need to push? This is a time for introspection and skill building. They study themselves, their trading, and the markets. They look at historical charts and see what they can learn and how they can do better next time. The off hours have gifted them with more time to get better, and they gladly take that opportunity.

And they’ve been doing this all along. After the market close. During the evening. Over the weekend. Relentlessly driving to get better and better. And while they take appropriate rests and time off for rejuvenation, nothing invigorates them more than working on themselves and their craft.

So start to dedicate yourself like this and see what happens with your trading progress. You don’t need to do it night and day. Just make some time. Create an after hours routine where you highlight strengths and weaknesses to work on the next day, while also studying charts to improve your contextual market reading abilities. Put your heart in it and be disciplined about doing it consistently. But only if you want to be a top trader.

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