Who am I? Its pretty easy, I am a stay at home dad with two children and a wife who is required to travel extensively for her career.
I did attend college for several years only to be lured away by a good paying job in the Mortgage Banking business. Within a year I was the youngest sales manager on the floor.
After several years in that position I pursued a dream to become a stockbroker for a large brokerage firm. Always reminded of my lacking required degree, I succeeded with actually the largest firms of the time. On my securities exam I tested one of the highest scores in the region (93%).
Sometimes when we achieve what we want the most we realize that it is not what we really wanted. Contrary to belief, as a stockbroker, it is your sales ability that prevails and not your view on markets. Although I was a successful salesman, it left a void in what I truly wanted in life.
All during this time my two wonderful children were born. A broken dream is easily forgotten with the love of your children. It always broke my heart to drop them off at daycare. So with my wife’s career picking up and mine shattered, we made the best decision for both of us that I become a stay at home dad.
The learning curve as the primary care giver is slow and painful. Never in my life had I ever felt so helpless than with this adjustment. What made this adjustment so difficult were the long periods of time my wife would be away. It is the loneliness that makes time drag and problems seem larger than they really were.
Several years back one of my good friends passed away from adult onset leukemia. It was that moment when I realized the loneliness was a gift. I was given the opportunity to achieve everything I always wanted and time was running out.
I started by learning how to play the guitar on my own from reading and video lessons. Funny how life is really just a series of stepping stones from one achievement to another. Something that always eluded me was achievable with time, determination and perseverance. My dream of being a stockbroker was really just a passion for economics.
I took this new view on life and started on my journey to understanding this complex industry. The more I read the more I realized that it is an industry of just different perspectives. Markets don’t move on fundamentals otherwise they would only change when fundamental information was released. Markets moved on the prevailing perspective of what direction it should move.
It was one of the greatest “Oh Sh*t” moments in my life. Market movement was not important. It is the change in prospective that mattered and then the market movement would follow suit. It has nothing to do with the numbers; it has everything to do with the group of people who pull the trigger. I stopped reading financial books and started reading group psychology books. I stopped looking at the market as a complex equation and instead looked at it as a group mentality. A new perspective led to a new found clarity on markets and life. This enlightenment was so strong I wrote it down.
A different perspective is all it takes to change the world. Life from one angle looks like the day before. Not until we take the time to change our perspective can we see another completely different side. The world was flat one day then round the next, oh the possibilities. Invention and innovation is nothing more than discovering something that is already there.