“Interacting with others … helped me formulate profitable strategies that fit my personality” @HeidiT

In Members in Profile, we interview stand-out members that show strong aptitude and work ethic. Our goal is to highlight different folks so that you can see the effort that our members are putting into their trading and hopefully learn from their experiences of the Convergent Trading Community.

We hope you enjoy hearing what @HeidiT has to say!

What brought you into trading?

In fourth grade math, we picked stocks and followed them for a few months; that was when I first became interested in trading. Later on, I kept a paper trading spreadsheet with stocks that I bought and sold and finally got into the market during college. I very small time invested in stocks for a long time, then got interested in the macro story behind currencies and moved into futures. I have been trading futures for about eight years now. 

What do you like most about Convergent?

I really like Convergent because I meet a lot of really great people through the community that I can share ideas. It can be hard to find sane people on Twitter that want to chat about futures trading.

How have these aspects helped you grow as a trader?

Interacting with others and getting an understanding of how the head traders do their work helped me formulate profitable strategies that fit my personality.

Do you have a favorite community quote or webinar?

Morad said something that cracked me up one day. Something like a level that gets hit once or twice is like a used Kleenex; you don’t want to use it again—lol still laughing about it now.

Do you have any advice for new members?

Trading is difficult at times for most people. Once you find a strategy, you have to work on your emotional intelligence, and as far as I can tell, pretty much everyone goes through the same things to varying degrees. If you enjoy the game, keep at it, work to reflect on the thinking processes that lead to mistakes, learn to identify them, and cut the behavioral pattern off before it happens, and the money will come. Believe me, I have thought, nothing is wrong with my thinking, and sometimes it takes another’s input to figure that out, even if you are journaling.

What is your favorite non-trading activity/hobby?

I swim and run quite a bit, I enjoy being creative in the kitchen (buying things I have no idea what they are and making something good, kind of a soft version of Chopped), I recently started teaching myself the violin, and other times I like to sit down, zone out and play some classic video games like Mario (esp. in the winter).

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