Testimonals from our VIPs!

Q: How long did you attempt trading before you found The Intentional Trader?

A: I did not do anything I would call a trading attempt. When I started to work after graduating from collage (engineering) I started to saved money. The banks gave me next to nothing (0,3% interest rate) on my savings so I started to invest in index funds. From there my interest in the stock market grew. I came to a point in my career where my job did not offer the future I wanted and started to look at trading. After a period of research, my first stop was the The Intentional Trader.

Q: What expectations did you have about Day Trading before you found The Intentional Trader? How did those change after you found us?

A: I thought I would take out saved vacation and learn how to press the buttons as Tony does in the trade room, and become a rich very fast. I remember that I thought that I would at least be able to make as much money as I do on my day time job (after my 12 weeks vacation) and from there it would be a steep increase in my net worth.

Q: Now that you are a VIP, Are you a successful trader? What is your winning percentage in comparison to before you found The Intentional Trader

A: I did barely know what a future was 10 months ago. 6 months into my trading I had a more stable trade plan. Including all trades from then, my win % is 68%. My win % during my last 2 months has been 78%. However, I think my major success is the feeling of pride of my trading business as a whole, and the personal growth that I have gained from creating it.

A: I think this question is like asking what part of a plane is the most important, the wings? the engines? The FF program, Indicators, Ah ha sessions (and the Trade room) has all been essential for my development as a Trader. If I had to pick one thing to credit my progress, the Ah-ha moments has been a tremendous help and one of the most inspirational experiences this year.

Q:If you could give advise to your old trader self, what would you tell him/her?

A: Do not trade live until you have a trading business with a impressive track record before trading live. I know you think you are taking it slow and that you will nail this. Even if you do (which you will not) this will take a very long time and a lot more hard work than you ever imagine. It will go faster if you slow down. The market will be there tomorrow waiting for you - no rush.

Q: What personal "ah ha" moments have you had?

A: The simple (not easy) challenge: 10 winning days in a row made my trading plan appropriately more conservative. I realized that with overtrading (look at all the money people are making all the time!), I would never complete the exercise. With the better plan in place, new obstacles arrived. With long win streaks (8+ days) came other types of rule breaks. One time I started the trading day with a loser and revenge traded to get back to break even (so I would not destroy my win streak), that did not work. Next time I neared the 10 days I got very defensive and started to trade less and less. That did not work either. I can keep going on about the mental pain and hurdles of this exercise, and the lessons I took from it but will summarize with it being one of the best Ah ha moments.

The other big thing for me was to get organized and put real substance behind the words ”trade as a business” that is thrown around in so many places by so many people. The Intentional Trader Ah ha sessions about this topic was a huge ah ha and upped my game.

Q:Are you analyzing your trades? If so, could you send screenshots? (use this time to look over your trades you have analyzed, start from the beginning, and watch your progress)

This is an example of a commented trade:

In addition to this I log any general trading issues and setup specific trading issues or rule breaks to further track progress, give ideas of what to practice and how the trade plan can improve further.

Q: Explain your journey as a trader. Take your time and put effort into this.

A: As most people (I imagine), when I first started out pursuing a trading career, MONEY was the one thing on my mind. I am ashamed to confess, I harassed the support at IT with questions about how much money I could expect to earn and spent time on creating spread sheets with very optimistic and uncertain calculations about p&l. With compounding interest and escalating position sizes I proved how easy money would come.

I would just learn the system and push the same buttons as Tony  and pretty much be set. I started to trade live with small amounts after some time in the trading software and going thru the educational material and some practice. Its only small amounts, right?

During the first 3 months I realized that I did not know that much and had to slow down. I felt I was close but not quite there. Perhaps money wasn't going to rain from the sky quite yet. It was painful to constantly lose money and recalibrate my goals. The more I learned, the further away the goal became. At the end of the first three months I figured that what I was doing did not work and committed to VIP.

It was not a sunshine story from that point, I had to go back even further, really expose the faulty assumptions I had of trading, break my focus on money, and work really had on the most basic setups. Limit myself to sim trade and only taking the most conservative setups. By the end of this phase I threw all time frames out of the window, made a routine that included time for my trading business and started from the very start with the guidance of the Ah ha sessions. By this time I did not even trade sim, I only practiced in market replay.

The 10 day win challenge was my way back into trading live (sim). I have been refining all key areas of my trading and been building up a trade log. I followed the recommended steps and I am now nearing live trading (the proper way I hope). I think of trading as something I like to spend my time on and associate myself as a trader more and more. It has been a lot of hard work for me and I am proud of where I stand now. I still consider myself as a complete beginner on this but I have a bright outlook on trading during 2017.

Q: How long did you attempt trading before you found The Intentional Trader?

I traded for quite some time in the past and it would be a confusing answer but trying to pin point the answer, I became a full time trader in 2006.  I traded with the help of several different companies. Trading Concepts was first; never really got the hang of the method but understood the intentions. Long process and never got the income needed to survive. Blue Falcon Traders was next,by far the best experience. Great mentor and trade room, however big egos in the room and sometimes things got messy. I grew my account almost 50% in six months. Wonderful feeling of confidence but the room was too … lets just say I stopped attending. I guess I needed them cause shortly after I ran in to trouble and could not overcome losing streaks. I then bought into another company.(I can't remember their name). New books and new trade room. Same market, lol. Best trade series ever 33 trades without a loss over a month and a half. My trading style has always been 2-5 trades a day but rarely reached 4. They had some internal issues with owners and the room went down, sucked for me. To reflect for a moment why couldn't I take what I learned and continue on to become a successful trader. I have to admit my fatal flaw was I never used stops and I couldn't establish a repeatable pattern or set of rules to enter and exit  trade. October of 2008 and all was lost. I recovered  for a little while longer and gave up 5 months later and closed my account and used what was left of my money to live and look for a job.  A year or two later I had a decent cash flow and open a small account invested in Traders Advantage big trader guy on TV lasted six months or so. What a big rip off. He may have been a good trader but his team and everything associated with it was a scam in my humble opinion. Just thinking about it still burns me; my wife was not to pleased as well. 2013 or maybe 2014 I came across bunt trading seminar. Your father came on and put everyone in their place. I liked it no fluff just facts about trading. There was questions, surveys and homework. There were things to study and videos to confirm what was being presented. I believe it was FT trades and how to qualify them. I particularly like the quick strike of the method, enter and done within a few minutes. I may have sat through a day in the trade room but work was a conflict so I let it drifted away. Still continued trading with a small account without much monetary success except when my back was against the wall for money.

Christmas 2015 I went through another Bunt trading seminar and almost pulled the trigger for VIP but spending the money kept me from joining. I almost believe I hear what your thinking “could have got on board with a smaller package and worked up to VIP”. I am not always interested unless I know that I am committed 110% to  a plan or idea. I did feel a real compelling need for what your father was offering. Every story he told was a reflection of similar things as a trader that I had went through. “After all this time I am still the same trader I was when I first began”. “Get in, get out” without any emotional baggage, I love it! One more year of anguish and frustration till I saw the seminar about Trading as a Business and I thought I am still in business even though I am not a profitable one, I am still in it. Avatar Consultants was a sub chapter s corp I started with the intent to provide a future for myself and family. Also to give to my community which I did at that time. I dissolved the corp some time ago and now trying to get back into a income bracket that... well lets just say that doesn't always feel like a constant struggle to stay afloat. To answer your question in two words, 10 years.

Q: What do you credit towards your progress? Indicators? Ah Ha sessions? Fast Forward?

Indispensable and critical to my success… that's what I think about how good the fast forward program is.

Q: If you could give advise to your old trader self, what would you tell him/her?

If I had to give myself advise I would tell me many things as I do always. Meditation, inspirational recordings, master planning records, keep a better trade journal, keep a better video journal and yes I go back and watch myself talk to me. It is easier than typing.  A major point of advise would be accept losing and use stops. One of the main reason I didn't use stops was my confidence in the system being traded. Start to lose and you question the method not the person, enough said.

Q: What personal "ah ha" moments have you had?

One personal ah ha moment for me recently was I created my own rule for entering a trade, it is a lot similar to those defined by the Intentional Trader but it has my own personal twist.

Q: Explain your journey as a trader. Take your time and put effort into this.

My journey as a trader is a little long winded at this point but it is similar to any ones who has went through the trials most trader experience. The road can be traversed by a map, the weather conditions, the quality of your vehicle and its ability to keep running and the ability to learn from mistakes. To create the necessary changes to avoid those mistakes in the future. I think trading should be as it is, the system has a percentage of losers and winners.  There is no need to contribute emotions; it will not change the outcome, if the trade system is in play. As long as the percentage of losers is not larger than the percentage of winners I should see a net profit at the end of the month, after all, that is the only way to represent yourself as a quality trading technician.

My story has a lot left out but you can use any part you think would redeem me...just kidding. All or none, no skin off my nose and you can use my name. That's Barbieri with a “B”. It was nice to get a few things off my chest, hope this helps.

Sincerely,

Brad Barbieri

Q: How long did you attempt trading before you found The Intentional Trader?

I had been trading for 2.5 years prior to joining the Intentional Trader.

Q: What expectations did you have about Day Trading before you found The Intentional Trader? How did those change after you found us?

I thought that I could buy a system and learn it and start trading and make a whole lot of money within a few weeks or month.  My expectations were already starting to change to realize that this “Trading” thing is a lot of work when I found The Intentional Trader.  And thru the Fast Forward, Ah Ha sessions, and all the material my expectations were changed even more, for the better.  The Intentional Trader has helped me to correct my misconceptions on what Day Trading is really all about.

Q: Now that you are a VIP, Are you a successful trader? What is your winning percentage in comparison to before you found The Intentional Trader?

Now that I have joined The Intentional Trader my win % rate is (as of end of 2016) at 51%. I have only been studying for 3 months and trading only in Sim but this is by far a lot higher %age than any of the other systems that I have bought, studied, and traded.  So, YES, I think I am a successful trader…now.

Q: What do you credit towards your progress? Indicators? Ah Ha sessions? Fast Forward?

I credit the Ah Ha sessions and Tony’s honesty in telling it like it is.  He does not sugar coat it and tells you that Day Trading is going to be hard work and like doing anything worthwhile it’ll take practice to get good at it.  The Fast Forward has helped immensely as well, giving me the knowledge to put together and structure my Trading business.  The indicators are state of the art and although they are great tools, they are just tools.  With the knowledge that I have received from The Intentional Trader I feel that I could trade other systems because now I have the right mindset to be a Day Trader.

Q: If you could give advise to your old trader self, what would you tell him/her?

First and foremost, get the notion of making easy fast money out of your mind.  In fact, don’t even think of money.  Instead, think in terms of wins and losses.  Next, find a trade room to join were the moderator shows you his losing trades and not just his winning trades and not after the fact.  Find someone that is acutely trading for a living and not just selling you a trading system.  Once you find a strategy that fits your style of trading, practice…practice…practice.  Practice by market replay to get better with spotting setups and your entries.

Q: What personal “ah ha” moments have you had?

The ah ha moment that turned things around for me was when I realized that I needed to separate all my tasks that I do as a Day Trader.  In the beginning, I was doing whatever I thought I needed to do whenever I thought about doing it.  That hindered my progress because, for an example, after taking a trade I would analyze it and try to figure out what I did right or more often what I did wrong and would miss other setups to trade.  So, by separating my trading and analysis I have not only get more opportunities to trade but my analysis on those trades that I took is much better because I am not feeling rushed, to get thru the analysis so I don’t miss a trade.

Q: Are you analyzing your trades? If so, could you send screenshots? (use this time to look over your trades you have analyzed, start from the beginning, and watch your progress)

I capture a picture and video of each trade and analyze every trade I take after the market session.  I then share it with my accountability buddy for his comments.

Q: Explain your journey as a trader. Take your time and put effort into this.

I started trading options and did OK, and then bought a stock sold some options and the stock went against me and after holding for a few months I sold it for a $6000 loss. I searched for a system to trade stocks and bought one learning to trade penny stocks. After about 8 months of studying and sim trading I went live and lost $2000. I searched for another system and found one. After about 6 months of studying and sim trading I went live and lost another $2000. I found yet another system, this time in the futures market and after studying and sim trading for another 5 months I have yet to become consistently profitable because I don’t feel that I have a strong edge.  So, I searched around again trying to find the “Holy Grail”.  That’s when I found The Intentional Trader.  I watched a few webinars and did a lot of research to see if I could find anything negative with the company.  All I could find was someone saying some negative things about the system.  What sold me was how Tony responded to this person.  Tony was polite and drilled down to what this person’s issue really was and showed him that his issue was not with the system but with his mindset. I have been with The Intentional Trader now for only 3 months and am already winning more than I am losing. I have found my niche in the futures market and with The Intentional Trader. I absolutely love it.

Q: How long did you attempt trading before you found The Intentional Trader?

34 years.

Q: What expectations did you have about Day Trading before you found The Intentional Trader? How did those change after you found us?

Just income.  More winning trades.

Q: Now that you are a VIP, Are you a successful trader? What is your winning percentage in comparison to before you found The Intentional Trader?

Yes. 70%. I also use my own indicators.

Q: What do you credit towards your progress? Indicators? Ah Ha sessions? Fast Forward?

Six mentors in 36 years along with psychological training.  Practice, Review, Practice.

Q: If you could give advise to your old trader self, what would you tell him/her?

Decades ago forget about options.

Q: What personal "ah ha" moments have you had?

Psychological training.  Simulator practice.

Q: Are you analyzing your trades? If so, could you send screenshots? (use this time to look over your trades you have analyzed, start from the beginning, and watch your progress)

At the end of the day I review my mistakes, print out some and then forget about it, looking forward to tomorrow.

Q: Explain your journey as a trader. Take your time and put effort into this.

It has been a massive learning experience.  Frustration with computers, platforms.  Enjoyment learning from my mentors and implementing my rules and trade plan.

Q: How long did you attempt trading before you found The Intentional Trader

Approximately 1 year with Cody Hind of Samurai Trading Academy – ES only

Q: What expectations did you have about Day Trading before you found The Intentional Trader? How did those change after you found us?

I owned my own business, which as you know is a 24/7 job. I thought trading would afford me free time and the ability to travel. The goal was to sell my business and then my husband could eventually sell his business and we would “retire” to the trading life.

I still believed the above when I found the Intentional Trader. Since then, I have learned that like anything hard work makes for the best payoff. I have sold my previous business and have started a day trading business (Just the Two of Us), which is just a demanding as my previous business but in a much more personal way, as I am the only employee and there are no customers.

Q: Now that you are a VIP, Are you a successful trader? What is your winning percentage in comparison to before you found The Intentional Trader?

I am in the process of becoming a successful trader. I am overall in the 65%-win column, which still needs quite a bit of improvement but it is happening. I have yet to make the 10-day challenge but have succeeded in 6 -7 days a couple of times. Previously, I was about a 30-40% winner. Much on paper but it still felt like losing.

Q: What do you credit towards your progress? Indicators? Ah Ha sessions? Fast Forward?

Honestly, selling my business, which has given me more time to “work” has been the best thing for me. I loved the indicators at first and believed they were the “be all end all” for trading. I absorbed much of the Fast Forward program quickly. Then I became a VIP. Even though I have missed many sessions, I learn something from each one I make, and the overriding theme is it takes work and it must be approached as a business. Along with the business approach, I realize the nuances of trading are very important. I learn something new almost every day in the trade room and ah ha sessions and even reviewing FF sessions I have previously watched. I have completely bought in to the idea of 80/20.

Q: If you could give advice to your old trader self, what would you tell him/her?

Literally, I would say, “Join the Intentional Trader and become a VIP immediately. Listen to and buy into pretty much everything you learn. Live it and love it. Embrace the work and get to it. There are no shortcuts. You must put in the time to have a chance at being successful. There is so much you don’t know but every day you learn something puts you that much closer to the success you are expecting.

Q: What personal "ah ha" moments have you had?

Lots but most have been taught by being a part of the VIP program. Treating this as a business, don’t count the money when trading, discipline, you can never review or study too much. Just when you think you own it, you lose a day and you are humbled quickly. Keep your head down and stay the course. Put in the time and effort. 80/20.

Q: Are you analyzing your trades? If so, could you send screenshots? (use this time to look over your trades you have analyzed, start from the beginning, and watch your progress).

I have analyzed many of my trades. Not sure what you are asking, but I have an excel spreadsheet and screenshots to go with the spreadsheet. I can sort and review through the months. I have only been doing this for about 4 months and not always perfectly but getting better. I have excel pages of market replay practice and real time trading, etc. You are welcome to look at it in all its disorganized glory if you like. I did take the time to review my entire workbook. I can definitely see how far I have come in just doing the analysis. This process has allowed me to define a living, breathing trade plan, which has allowed me to take emotion and doubt out of my trades (except when I had a meltdown…

Q: Explain your journey as a trader. Take your time and put effort into this.

Much of my journey has been described in the above answers. I am still 100% invested in this business. I do see it as a constant journey – mostly progressing with some setbacks, as in any successful business. What started as, “This is going to be a piece of cake!” has progressed to, “Hmmm, looks like I am going to have to work a little harder and invest a bit more money to become profitable,” to “I am going to put in the time, effort and work to make this a successful business.” I still allow myself to worry about becoming financially stable. Sometimes I just can’t see how I will make enough money trading to allow my husband to retire, but I do remember to take it one day at a time. It is a process and isn’t happening overnight. We are fortunate our kids are grown and independent and we don’t require income from this business in order to survive!

Q: How long did you attempt trading before you found The Intentional Trader?

7+ years – Investools with Think or Swim platform, Rich Dad/Poor Dad, and finally mostly with Online Trading Academy (OTA) with TradeStation……  This was off and on for I was working full time and was trying to learn in the evening and watching the webinars provided by OTA.  I finally retired in Jan 2014 and was able to devote more time. 

Q: What expectations did you have about Day Trading before you found The Intentional Trader? How did those change after you found us?

My expectations, in the beginning, were to day trade stocks.  Realized that was not really going to work out.  Got help from a fellow OTA student to teach me how to trade Futures.  Took awhile to figure out what type trader I was and what type trades I was going to take.  We spent all our time on the ES.  I was looking at 3:1 reward to risk ratio.  Planning trades to get 3, 5, to 10 points per trade or per day.  Wanted to make over $200 per day.   Eventually was breaking even.  Win some and give it back.  I had trouble pulling the trigger and watched as price did exactly as I thought it would based on my trade setups.

My expectations with you is now to take trades based on the setups with your indicators that give me a clear and concise entry point.  Pull the trigger, get my 5 ticks and take them to the bank and wait for the next trade setup based on my trade plan.  Eventually increase contract size from 1 to 2 and so on……  There is no question on when to take the trade once I see the confluence of indicators all lined up.  If the trade goes against me and I followed my rules, no problem, the market is going to do what the market is going to do.

Q: Now that you are a VIP, Are you a successful trader? What is your winning percentage in comparison to before you found The Intentional Trader?

I have spent 4 months sim trading, developing my trade plan, and tweaking here and there to fit my risk.  1st month I was 14-17, 2nd month 22-22, 3rd month 49 -27, and the 4th month 35-13.  I went live on the 3rd of Jan and I am currently 12-5.  As you well know, there is quite a difference between sim trading and live trading.  I have had a number of no-fills on trades that would have been winners.  Plus, after going back and analyzing my trades I have made a few errors on the losing trades that I am focusing on not repeating.

Q: What do you credit towards your progress? Indicators? Ah Ha sessions? Fast Forward?

I have to say I have to give most of the credit to the “Indicators”.  They give me a clear go or no go.  Also, the Fast Forward videos along with the youtube trade of the day videos.  In addition, I have to say that I had been asking for years if there was a way to replay the trade day in the evening so as to be able to do sim trades after work.  I found one that had limited data and really was not useable.  I kept telling my friends that I needed to set up a web cam and video the desktop monitor (but I had to be here to do that, so not doable…….lol….)  The AhHa sessions are very informative and helpful as well.  Like you say, you know what we are going thru for you went thru and did the same things……

Q: If you could give advise to your old trader self, what would you tell him/her?

“If I could turn back time” besides fixing a couple of personal issues I would definitely tell myself to not waste my time and effort (& $$$$) on all the programs I took and find “The Intentional Trader” and all will be well………

Q: What personal "ah ha" moments have you had?

The one personal “ah ha” moment I have had is when you bring up the “I know I am this close to turning the corner on my trading.”  I have been saying it for quite a while.  I knew I was “This” close.  I just needed the confidence to pull the damn trigger!!!!!!!  Not to second guess myself or talk myself out of a winning trade setup….

Q: Are you analyzing your trades? If so, could you send screenshots? (use this time to look over your trades you have analyzed, start from the beginning, and watch your progress)

Personally, I analyze my trades by looking back over your trade room recordings to make sure I took my winning trades according to my rules and what I possibly may have done wrong on my losing trades.  I do take screen shots of my trades and look over them later, but as yet I do not actually put any comments on them.  (May have to add that to my analysis.)

Q: Explain your journey as a trader. Take your time and put effort into this.

My journey has been long and full of bumps and bruises.  For every step forward I seemed to take 2 to 3 steps back.  Just when I thought I had things thought out and was on the right track, the markets would smack me in the face and say “Wrong”!!  I can say that I did not blow out any accounts and was only down a few hundred dollars.  This I can attribute to the lack of confidence I had in myself and in my trade plan (s)…..  I would be willing to bet that I am/was the world’s best sim trader or paper trader.  I could mark out a trade and it would work out exactly how I thought it would, but try to do it live, for some reason, I get stopped out and then price would do exactly as I had envisioned it to work.  My stops were too tight.  Also, if I could trade telepathically, that would be something….  The journey is still ongoing………

Q: How long did you attempt trading before you found The Intentional Trader?

About year and a half. 18 mo..

Q: What expectations did you have about Day Trading before you found The Intentional Trader? How did those change after you found us?

Expected to learn it in 6 mo. or less and then get up every morning walk to my office and earn a few hundred bucks a day. It took me one year going to your webinars before I signed up as a committed VIP customer...looked at a lot of other rooms that promised to teach you futures trading but kept coming back to Bunt... I Think after a year of Tony's voice, it put me in a hypnotic state so I signed up.... just kidding...

Q: Now that you are a VIP, Are you a successful trader? What is your winning percentage in comparison to before you found The Intentional Trader?

At this point I am not yet a successful trader. In a sports analogy, I feel I am firmly on 2nd base with the trade setups and my rules and I’m trying to steal 3rd but keep getting chased back to 2nd, and that’s because of personal issues and non- patience, just wanting to make something happen. The tools for success are in the VIP program but the hardest part for me is concerning the psychological impulse of, putting on trades that are not there, Breaking my rules and FOMO trades...That’s all me and I have to continually work on me to follow my rules..

Q: What do you credit towards your progress? Indicators? Ah Ha sessions? Fast Forward?

All of the above and the webinars you provide. I always walk away with a new way to look at things and improve my learning from the webinars.

 Q:  If you could give advise to your old trader self, what would you tell him/her?

You need a good coach to learn trading don’t think your so smart to do it on your own. It’s much easier to know someone who has been down the path before you and has mastered what you are trying to do. I feel I have found that with the Intentional Trader and I thank you for it, glad I’m here.

Q: What personal “ah ha” moments have you had?

Get WINS not the money. Learn how to execute proper trades successfully over and over and over, don’t be impulsive and worry about FOMO trades. Once you become successful at execution, you will become a more successful trader and $ will follow. Learning now is just about the successful execution.

Q: Are you analyzing your trades? If so, could you send screenshots? (use this time to look over your trades you have analyzed, start from the beginning, and watch your progress)

I analyze my trades through my trade log. Once I take a trade, I write down why I took it, win or loss. And if a loss and clearly should not have been in it, I through a brick at myself and write down “why did you do that,,, just follow your rules, quit taking FOMO trades or I think its going to do this or that trade,,, Those are not rules. I also Print out winning and loosing trades for a visual and write on them why taken and go over them weekly....

Q: Explain your journey as a trader. Take your time and put effort into this.

 My journey is I’m hooked,,, I really want to conquer my personal limitations and succeed as a successful trader so I stay with it. Making 2017 as my dedication year to become successful. I am very glad I found the Intentional Trader to help me with the challenges of this trading journey.

Q: Do we have permission to share this information along with your name? Is there anything you would like for us to keep private?

 Yes you have my permission,, just keep private the answers 2 - 9... Hahaha,,, just kidding Conner, ok to use name and answers if needed.

Additional Comments: Conner, you recently sent and I just started the 10 Day Challenge. I’m presently on day 4 today and successful. But this is my third start. Recommend you put the challenge in the VIP program as a printout,, I think it is a great Motivator and gives you personal results and instant accountability. Also in the VIP program the most difficult part, and it just may be me, is the section for Mkt Reply. I tried 3 times by myself and had to lock up my handguns so I wouldn’t harm myself, That part to set up mk/replay and try to practice will drive you nuts.. I think it needs a major makeover to simplify, but don’t tell Tony I said that... I know his answer, don’t be a crybaby, get in there and figure it out.. lol.. So I just stayed away from it for quite awhile, about a year..... Recently after 2 attempts with Praveen I got it down and have been practicing successfully and now I see why Tony keeps harping about it, agree with him totally.. Totally enjoy the practice as very easy to set up...Practice and more practice is needed by me. I suggested to Praveen he should do a print out, step by step, of how he helped me get through it, a lot shorter and easier than in VIP...and put it in the VIP section as a print out, just follow the short instructions and it’s a big WIN WIN for me and maybe others.. Overall Tony has put together an excellent program and a great team. Everyone on board should be proud that you are helping a lot of struggling wanna B traders, the success of your trade room traders speaks for itself.. So I’m glad I’m here and thanks to all.

Q: How long did you attempt trading before you found The Intentional Trader?

Along time. I was first introduced to trading in the mid-eighties. I received a flyer in the mail of a individual living in Grants Pass Oregon that was offering a trading course in contracts of corn; wheat; soybeans; sugar; gold and silver. At that time you could hold a 1 lot position in corn for $200 or soybeans for around $600. His only trade was called a 1 2 3 trade, which was the market making a low retracting and then making a lower low. At which time you would enter the market with either a buy or sell order that you called in and spoke with your broker. I lost my trading stake quickly. Any way the trading bug had bit and I was hooked, since then I have tried every thing and method I could buy or steal.

Q: What expectations did you have about Day Trading before you found The Intentional Trader? How did those change after you found us?

I didn't have any expectations about day trading, day trading was something that crazy-assed people did. Hell I watched Tony's youtube video's for a year before dipping my toe into his trading course. At which time my expectations shifted a bit. What he was doing made sense and he seemed like a regular old guy with an easy going manner about him. He wasn't one of those stuffed shirted know it all's that went around telling the world how great they were.

Q: Now that you are a VIP, Are you a successful trader? What is your winning percentage in comparison to before you found The Intentional Trader?

 Am I a successful trader? No I'm not I found that I held too tight to the money, Try as I might I could not get beyond the money part. I wish that I could, I know that Tony's system works, but I would lose 3 or 4 trades in a row and I would be sweating the entire time I was trading. So one day I turned off my computer, went for a long walk and thought I was just not meant to be a trader. And I miss it so, I think about it every day. I have often thought of getting back into it, thinking it would be different this time. I could control myself better, I've worked on myself with hypnosis and shit like that but who knows? One day perhaps, I would have to get ahold of Praveen and request a new installation, I know that Tony has improved and added new features to his trading. Once in a while I log in to the trading room. I miss it a lot.

Q: What do you credit towards your progress? Indicators? Ah Ha sessions? Fast Forward?

I credit Tony's trading room as the most important aspect of his training, and once in a while his VIP sessions were very good. Like trading as a business, set up a trading name; bank account; LLC perhaps and start paying bills with trading money. However with that said, and I don't mean this in a bad way Tony but your voice really gets into one's head. It's a nasal sound and it starts to wear on one's nerves. And it became repetitious to the point that I was ready to cut my own throat. Wax on wax off, holy cow.

Q:If you could give advise to your old trader self, what would you tell him/her?

Learn to let go of the money dumb ass, in reference to myself. Another thing I would tell myself is to stay away from the Bloodhound or Bunthound as Tony titled it. That is the one aspect of Tony's trading that really screwed my up. I learned his trade set up's backwards and forward, I did replay so much my eyes could spot a set up long before it arrived. And then I was introduced to Bunthound and I used the templates Daniel Row created and just started losing. The trade would fire to soon or to late. And the thing that really pissed me off was that You Guys were not even using it in your trades. Tony introduced it as a perfect match up and marketed the heck out of it, and he still does. Anyway I'm sorry to say Bunthound was the first dishonest turn I fell Tony took and I was very let down.

Q: What personal "ah ha" moments have you had?

Personal Ah ha moments: again the business aspect of the trading program; market replay was another.

Q:Are you analyzing your trades? If so, could you send screenshots? (use this time to look over your trades you have analyzed, start from the beginning, and watch your progress)

 I always went over my trades at the end of the day. It was part of my trading plan.

Thanks,

Mike Williams

Q: How long did you attempt trading before you found The Intentional Trader?

  Approximately 6 years.

Q: What expectations did you have about Day Trading before you found The Intentional Trader? How did those change after you found us?

 It looked easy. Other traders would show trades they took, but no  specifics. Like how they entered. If they did give their rules, it was  vague and hard to follow.

 Q: Now that you are a VIP, Are you a successful trader? What is your winning percentage in comparison to before you found The Intentional Trader?

 Still in SIM, however, every ah-ha, fast forward (I have started from the  top and listening to them in sequence) and trade room session is getting  me closer to live trading and success. I am striving to have 70% to 75%  consistent successful trades in SIM before going live. Very close to that  now. 3 for 3 this morning. I found that I have to stop trading when I get  to my limit. If I switch from SIM LIVE to SIM during trading hours, I start  making my same mistakes from the past and rack up huge losses.  Psychologically, it made me feel as if I failed even though I had great  success! 

Q: What do you credit towards your progress? Indicators? Ah Ha sessions? Fast Forward?

All of it. Ah-ha number one!!! Indicators and fast-forward a close 2nd.  Tony’s ah-ha sessions are organized and concise, given in weekly increments  so you have time to work on each session. An example is the trade plan. In  the past, I had the Business Plan combined with the Trade Plan. It was  cumbersome to read on a daily basis. Then I tried to have a plan that  was more concise so I had a couple of plans that didn’t have the business  plan. Now they are separated and I read the Trade Plan at least once a day  (I aim for reading it before trading and before going to bed during the  trade week) and I read the business plan once a week on weekends. Much more  productive and keeps the whole picture in my mind. 

 Q:If you could give advise to your old trader self, what would you tell him/her?

 Where do I start? Don’t sit in front of the computer and take losing trade  after losing trade. Follow your plan (wasn’t following per reason stated in  last question). Don’t revenge trade and don’t trade ‘catch up’. Can’t  believe how much time I have wasted doing that! Get organized and use your  time efficiently.

 Q: What personal "ah ha" moments have you had?

 All those in above question. All stuff I *knew* but it didn’t really sink  in and I didn’t know how to change it. And the big one: I needed very  specific rules and every trade must follow them every time. And that this  could be done!

Q:Are you analyzing your trades? If so, could you send screenshots? (use this time to look over your trades you have analyzed, start from the beginning, and watch your progress)

Haven’t done recordings yet. I analyze my trades by going over every trade  I took on a daily basis to see if I followed rules. If something isn’t  working, why? Do I need more practice or do I need to change something.? I  give each trade Star Rating between 1 and 5. Not too many 5’s yet, but  getting closer all the time. This will give me a better indication of when  I’m ready for live trading too. Want to see 4s and 5s. Nothing below a 3.

Q: Explain your journey as a trader. Take your time and put effort into this.

  Wasted a lot of time sitting in SIM trying to get something going. Just  spinning my wheels. Had one prior mentor that helped me become successful,  but the rest were a waste of time and money. Wish I had found Tony’s  structured program sooner. Also have to mention the rest of the crew. They  are all there to help and make this VIP program complete.