The Search for Reality

October 16, 2012
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“The search for Reality is the most dangerous of all undertakings for it will destroy the world in which you live.”

~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

JS Comment:

Becoming skilled at any sufficiently competitive and complex endeavor — such as trading — is, almost by definition, an evolutionary process.

That means it is hard… sometimes very hard…

Misconceptions have to be stripped away; gaps and flaws exposed; core lessons learned and relearned, sometimes to the point of extreme frustration; new competencies developed through meaningful investment of blood, sweat, and tears, all over an endless-marathon-like period that can stretch out for years and years.

Is it any wonder, then, that so few evolve to levels of true mastery — which, in alternative terms, can be described as knowing and embracing Reality on an intimate level via exhaustive dedication, passion and devotion?

In an endeavor such as trading, the experience of pursuing mastery (i.e. conscious competence and functional intimacy with Reality) can be “world destroying” in the sense of brutally breaking down previously held beliefs and biases (particularly in respect to how things ‘should’ be)… requiring an unflinching gaze, day after day, upon truth laid bare.

So much easier (less hard on the ego) to stay in perpetual delusion… to live with the lukewarm comforts of marginal success, halfway understanding, and limited bragging rights born of small-scale sporadic victories, than to reach deep down, push for the burn, and walk through the fire…

Do you seek Reality (with a capital R) in your trading journey? Do you perceive the rewards (remarkable growth and long-run trading success) as worth the (from a personal investment perspective) potentially substantial risks?

JS (jack@mercenarytrader.com)

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