As I am starting up this blog, I am sitting on a balcony overlooking the beach in Chiba, Japan. It seems like the perfect place to begin journaling my trading life. A couple years ago, I made a serious attempt to learn trading while living here full time. I had finished up a finance job in Tokyo and was anticipating a move back to the US.
In many ways, that summer trading and living here was a taste of the life I wanted. Combining my love for being out in the world with my interest in trading the markets. I wasn’t nearly successful enough nor capitalized well enough to make it permanent. It was, though, the real beginning.
My trading has changed quite a bit since those days. But the biggest change is, I now am making enough that I could support myself in this cute little hidden beach paradise. This has always been my yardstick for a first level of real success - not just a P&L above zero but one with life-changing potential. It’s still early days and I am still a little uncertain, but I’ll celebrate these victories as they come.