Many years ago, I met with an intern at a trading firm who was struggling with performance despite being mentored by some of our most successful traders. One went so far as to lay out a blueprint for the struggling trainee explaining what he should do in different situations. It was to no avail. The intern simply did not follow the blueprint. This seemed odd to me, because the young man had demonstrated discipline and learning skill in past activities. When I directly observed him, I noticed that he became fascinated with the market behavior he observed and tried to make sense of it, rather than focus strictly on his blueprint. He strayed from the lessons he was taught out of sheer intellectual curiosity. We wanted him to follow a formula; he wanted to understand markets.
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