A few questions pop to my mind as I watch this beautiful video:
- Do surfers have to know what comes next as they successfully navigate the environment?
- Do you think they're comfortable with not knowing what comes next, i.e. not knowing the future? Is there anyone who knows the future anyway?
- How do you think the surfer knows what to do in any given moment?
- Is it possible to adapt to or even master an environment that is ever-changing, full of surprises and inherently unstable, but which, at the same time, repeatedly presents opportunities? Isn't exactly such adaptation that we've been doing for millions of years?
- Do you think managing risk plays a part, perhaps a big part in the surfer's success in riding the waves?
- What would it take you and me to do what we see in this video, a few hours of practice? Thousands of hours of practice?
- Do you think the surfer has prepared to handle the unexpected? Do you think the surfer will improvize or panic if the unexpected happens?
As I, and perhaps you too, ponder these questions, I can't help thinking about the similarities of what we see here and what our job is as traders.
Which is to successfully navigate an ever-changing, mostly unpredictable, dynamic environment that constantly presents opportunities we can seize to achieve our goal.
Whatever we need to do that, past experience, thousands of hours of focused practice and optimal mental and physical state are certainly among them.
Not to mention the joy of being in the moment.
Mindful trading, friends!