“I have nothing to ask of you except.. continue to strive for excellence and share your work”

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Mike,

Thank you for speaking your mind and refusing to accept anything other than the truth; this world is too full of those who are afraid to even acknowledge reality, much less face it. I respect and appreciate your focus and thirst for knowledge and am grateful for having been exposed to your work.

I’ve always had a passing interest in trading and investing, but in the past few months this interest has transformed into a full-blown obsession. I’ve read the entire Market Wizards series, Trading in the Zone by Mark Douglas, your books The Complete Turtle Trader and Trend Following, as well as several more books and interviews from the likes of Ed Seykota, Mark Minvervini, and other successful traders who have written about their journeys. I’ve even read a couple of poker strategy books for additional insight on risk management and psychology. I regularly listen to your podcast and a few others on the topic of trading and risk-management. And I will not stop seeking and acquiring new knowledge.

At 22 years of age and 5 months from completing my undergrad degree in Finance, I’ve reached the point where I am certain THERE IS NOTHING ELSE I WANT TO DO and nothing will stop me from succeeding. I have been trading my own account (<$3000) for the past 6 months with increasing levels of consistency and success using a trend-following strategy I've pieced together from my research and limited backtesting (the research included in Trend Following is some of the most useful I've come across). So here's where I'm at: I have some skills, I have some knowledge, I have some experience, and will soon have a degree. Even more valuable to me is the confidence I have in my ability to succeed and my willingness to endure whatever pain it takes to achieve my goals. I come from a very humble background by US standards and am determined to create a better life for my family. I have nothing to ask of you except that you continue to strive for excellence and share your work with others. Your honest perspective, ability to convey information, and connection to a near-endless supply of relevant knowledge and experience have made a huge difference in my life. You have helped me see through the veil and discover what I really want in life and what it will take to get there. Maybe someday I will have the chance to repay you with a beer and a great conversation. Until then, discipline is the name of the game. Respectfully, [Name]

Good luck!

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