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With the amount of listeners on your podcast episodes I can’t imagine the amount of emails you must get, so I’ll keep this short and sweet… I’d highly appreciate it if you send me the information that you reference to and the end of each of your episodes please. Thank you. Oh, and by the way, I love your podcasts. I appreciate your straight, no-nonsense way of bringing information across. There’s too much pretentiousness in this fake world and your episodes are my daily escape to moments that are raw and unfiltered. Just a slight bit of background: I am an almost 35 year old wife and mother of two living in one of the smaller cities in South Africa. Since my earliest memories I can remember always having this enormous passion for finances. When I was around 11 years old I started to sell candy out of a sports bag at my school. I took a few bucks, bought nickerballs, lollipops, chocolate and popcorn. I then melted the chocolate to mold it into smaller shapes, and I popped the corn and packed it into small bags that were flavoured either sweet or salty. That was my earliest experience of taking money and making it more. Each day I would count my money and calculate my profit (I made the highest profit on the popcorn by the way). I only used my profits to buy new stock and nothing else. It was just awesome…until the one day that the school principal called in my parents to tell them that what I was doing was not permitted at school and that I was taking away profits from the school tuck shop. My father, being the one that encouraged my entrepreneurial spirit, was not happy at all, and I was even more disappointed. Then high school came and I always thought that I’d end up being an accountant… I mean I have a passion for finance, right? Oh boy, within my first year of taking the subject I realised that, although I love the concept of balancing everything out, I will definitely not be pursuing this as a career. I want to make my own money, not spend my time counting someone else’s. Forward a few years later and I ended up working in the financial planning space… I did my Financial Planning Qualification as well as my Post Grad and internationally recognised CFP® I was doing very well in the industry but I knew I was still not in the right place. Somehow I ended up opening a share trading account and I started to explore the world of buying and selling shares. I suddenly had an aha moment and I knew I found my world. Took me quite some time, but I found it. I then enrolled for a Stockbroking qualification. I knew nothing about what it entailed, but what the heck, I’m doing it. I basically just jumped into the deep end and gave myself no choice but to swim. Looking back, the qualification did not teach me much about trading (which I sort of hoped that it would) but rather it focused a lot on the rules and regulations of the exchanges and the stockbroking industry. But, if there is one thing it taught me, it is to have respect for the financial markets and even only for that I am grateful as having respect for the markets I feel is very important. I am now on my own journey to explore the financial trading industry and I have a special interest in trend following, as buying and holding is not the way I want to go. I do not want to invest, I want to trade. My entrepreneurial days in primary school showed me the power of accumulating small profits day after day. I am someone that plays by the rules and I love surrounding myself with like-minded people through technology. I want to learn and keep expanding my knowledge, and maybe someday teach someone else. Studying is my hobby and sharing my knowledge is something that brings the inner me to life. This is probably not as short as I initially intended it to be, but in any case, thank you for your time and I am looking forward to hearing from you! Have a super great weekend!

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