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TradingLife Podcast with Brad Jelinek

TradingLife Podcast with Brad Jelinek

By Brad Jelinek
Short form audio discussing life as a trader. My focus will be on how to think, how to learn from mistakes, and how trading relates to so much more than the markets. I will also do some self reflection on my own journey. I’ll bring up market setups, lessons from trading, and trends I’m seeing. I will speak on cryptos, stocks, futures, and certain evolving situations. My goal is to have the content be timeless so listeners can get value regardless of when they tune in.
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Trading groups I belong to
I discuss two different trading communities I have signed up for and what they offer.
03:25
November 17, 2020
Joining a trading community
I discuss my experience joining different groups and communities related to trading.
02:30
November 13, 2020
My shared story about reaching max potential.
I share a story about deliberate practice versus generalized practice. I talk about Tiger Woods, Roger Federer and young musicians from China and how you may be able to reach your potential faster.
10:41
November 9, 2020
Accepting where you are in a moment
I talk about growing and drawdowns in terms of what you can learn by tuning into what you’re feeling at the moment, which can save you from something to come.
04:07
November 7, 2020
How I am adding a new strategy to my trading.
I talk at length about the challenges and the approach I’m taking to adding new strategies to what I already know
12:23
November 7, 2020
How I’m leveling up
I talk about what I’m doing in order to go to a new level. I discuss my approach to learning new strategies around what I already know.
07:33
October 18, 2020
How to trade larger
I talk about how you can move your position size up and all of it has to do with assessing the risk and trust in yourself to enter where you are least vulnerable.
05:52
October 18, 2020
Get intimate with your winning trades
Last time I talked about probing deeper into the “why” behind your trading mistakes. This time I go into the value of focusing on the details around your best trades.
02:21
September 29, 2020
Desire to trade podcast
https://www.desiretotrade.com/263-what-successful-traders-have-in-common-brad-jelinek/
00:11
September 28, 2020
An old mistake comes back to bite me
I discuss how I moved the goalposts during a trade. I changed what I was going to do by talking to somebody else and when it didn’t work I had no solution. I then allowed it to bleed into the rest of my week.
06:39
September 28, 2020
There is probably a better way to review your trades.
I talk about the struggles another trader is having and then we go into how he is reviewing his trades and how I am reviewing my trades and what we can learn about doing it better.
06:29
August 10, 2020
Dealing with the first loss after a nice run
This is a very important episode for me and it’s about coming off a nice run of trading and facing that first loss. This is something that will challenge you your entire career.
02:25
July 29, 2020
Ask a question:)
I talk about different ways you can ask me a question so I can do a podcast on it and everyone can benefit.
00:54
July 26, 2020
Blackberries and Trading. How to maintain the proper perspective.
I talk about maintaining the right perspective as you navigate through different environments and see different things happening around you. It’s very important to understand these cycles so you do not get caught up in them.
06:25
July 26, 2020
Reflections on my own development
This is another re-post of a discussion with another trader about how my trading has evolved.  
09:17
June 29, 2020
Being in a slump and trying new strategies
This is a recording I left to another trader pertaining to his recent drawdown and experimenting with new strategies.  
05:01
June 29, 2020
How to set yourself up to thrive in this environment.
I discuss some measures I’m taking to thrive in this environment. You must adapt to what’s in front of you.
03:09
April 5, 2020
How a market does and doesn’t bottom
I talk about the action today after the federal reserve announcement and how news, in a counter intuitive way, can play into market bottoms.
03:34
March 24, 2020
It’s busy so stay alive
I talk about strategies for staying in the game when the market is busy.
04:15
March 21, 2020
Staying alive in a busy market
I discuss what I’m doing to stay alive in this market. I also talk about how it’s making me reflect on my longer-term asset allocation plan.
05:26
March 15, 2020
The corona market and me
I talk about where I’m at with my trading so far this year and then get into what I expect from the market after the corona virus.
06:02
March 1, 2020
Build your trading network
Trading can be a solitary pursuit but when you work to build up your network of like-minded individuals you will move closer to realizing your potential.
06:43
January 26, 2020
Keep the ball in the court
I talk about one of my recent tennis matches and compare it to Trading. The importance of making your strengths even stronger and keeping the ball in play.
08:54
January 11, 2020
My mistakes over the last 18 months
I finished my trade review. Now I go into some of the mistakes I made and how I’m going to use them to get better.
10:10
November 28, 2019
Trade review is key
I talk about my trade review process for the last 18 months and I share some lessons and how to do it yourself.
11:10
November 19, 2019
Making money after earnings
I talk about how being aware of a narrative around a stock can create some great trades after earnings especially in emotional Stocks. I also discuss the power of stupid news when trading macro.
11:01
October 26, 2019
Is the risk going to break you?
Today I talk about a really important topic. Checking in with yourself financially and emotionally BEFORE an adverse move happens and to gauge if you can tolerate your positions moving against you.
04:43
October 3, 2019
Taking more drastic measures to break old habits
I talk about an approach I’m using to break my habit of staring at the market all day. I’m trying to integrate some new things into my day and get more deep work done without being distracted.
05:23
August 27, 2019
Changing the Rules like Curry and Harden
I discuss how to embrace your way of learning and not fight the path you’re on. I make comparisons to Steph Curry and James Harden who are also artists in their craft.
12:02
August 22, 2019
Allocating capital swing vs day trades
I talk about some of the things I am bumping up against as I try to scale and grow. Specifically how to evaluate the risk and the position sizing for day trading versus swing trading.
08:04
June 13, 2019
Entropy and mitigating disorder
I discuss why you have to take a conscious approach to structuring things that are important to you or else they will veer towards disorder.
01:56
May 19, 2019
I made a mistake, now what?
I made a poor trading decision with too much size and I disobeyed my stop. I explain how this happened and what I’m going to do about it.
03:32
May 18, 2019
Stupid News Podcast
Brent Nord and I will be doing a new podcast on one of our favorite strategies. I also talk about my mental state and how to prevent drawdowns.
07:09
May 16, 2019
Earnings season and making the job easier
I talk about how you can make trading easier on yourself. I also discuss expectations going into earnings season and how you can use those to your advantage.
02:00
April 22, 2019
Structuring macro trades
I discuss why commodities may be ready to have their time in the sun. I also talk about how I will structure my macro trades to protect myself and minimize distractions.
03:59
April 14, 2019
Edge Trading Group Interview #3
Wide ranging interview on trading.  We also get into a specific trade I did and why.  The interview is more on how to think vs what to do.  Proper thinking helps you fish for life.  
1:17:04
April 11, 2019
Stop using price alerts?
I discuss why you may
01:24
March 30, 2019
Sizing and the depths of being a trader
This is a little bit of a deeper episode about some of the things I went through in my lower moments. I also talk about the importance of sizing when you’re doing something new.
12:22
March 25, 2019
How to become profitable
I discuss how I did it when I started trading futures and how I’m approaching it now in stocks.
09:39
March 15, 2019
Edge Trading Group Interview #2
We discuss how you can develop a process and then get into wide ranging Q&A.
1:07:41
March 4, 2019
Bullet Journal Update
I discuss how my Bullet Journal has been going. It’s been something that I think I’m going to stay with because of the psychological relief it provides me. I encourage you to try it.
03:07
March 1, 2019
Are you forcing or flowing?
I discuss the difference between the two and how it’s important to pay attention to your emotional state or else you are going to have to circle back and fix it later.
03:16
February 27, 2019
Trades I’m in this week
I discuss Kellogg, bitcoin, and gold. I talk about the reasoning for each of these trades.
03:35
February 23, 2019
My career is stuck, now what?
I answer a question from a trader who emailed me about being stuck in his career. I also get into my personal experience of how I found my way.
09:15
February 23, 2019
Thinking through being impulsive
I discuss why being impulsive is a good thing and a bad thing. The key is understanding when you’re vulnerable.
03:09
February 6, 2019
Reading, learning, growing...for what?
In this episode I reflect on my desire to constantly be learning and growing. Why am I doing these things? Sometimes it can become like a sickness and I can operate out of an energy that’s not productive. It’s important to really understand why you are doing this stuff in order to get the most out of it.
04:04
February 6, 2019
Trading using only a chart pattern
I discuss why it’s unlikely you will be successful over the long term just using a chart. Some people may pull this off but in my experience and from observing others who are successful this is rarely the case. I talk about why.
03:38
February 1, 2019
How can you learn from other traders?
I talk about the long journey of discovering what you are good at while also learning from others who are successful.
04:49
January 24, 2019
Stupid News: MO
I discuss MO and the recently Morgan Stanley news that drove it lower.
05:23
January 24, 2019
Your voice is the most important one
Today I talk about the huge amount of resources we have around us and how much that can shorten our learning curves but how much it can also plug up our brains and cause us to lose our own voice.
02:55
January 21, 2019
Habits and doing more of what works
I discuss the power of small habits and the beauty of focusing on what works vs what doesn’t.
03:53
January 21, 2019
Buying a breakout
I discuss when and how I do it.
02:47
January 8, 2019
When I’m trading well.....
I discuss how to stay on a roll and what starts to happen when you are about to struggle.
04:48
January 7, 2019
Subscriptions and questions
I talk about some of the things I subscribe to and why.
02:56
January 6, 2019
Energy management
I discuss how keeping track of your energy is as important as keeping track of your finances or your trading results. I share a few ways that I’m trying to do that.
09:34
January 6, 2019
Losing after winning
I talk about the trap that winning creates and how my worst decisions will often come after my best ones.
02:09
January 1, 2019
Getting organized in the new year
I discuss how I’m spending some time before next year getting my systems organized so I can feel clean and light.
04:29
December 29, 2018
Headlines and themes that matter
I go on a wide ranging rant about headlines and different themes that could matter for early 2019.
13:12
December 25, 2018
Contingency Plans
This episode is about the importance of contingency plans. Much of this I learned from studying Bill Walsh. I also get into my year end review process and a little bit about the market turmoil right now.
09:30
December 24, 2018
Tennis and trading
I talk about how I approached my tennis match tonight with a different mindset and how it relates to a successful trading mindset.
02:32
November 26, 2018
Trading what everyone is watching
I discuss the current environment in the stock market and the attention the inverse head and shoulders pattern is getting. When this many eyeballs are focusing on something it creates the potential for a lot of fake outs before the real move happens. Planning ahead and running scenarios can be very useful.
02:55
November 18, 2018
Beware of the “smart” crowd
I share some experiences of being caught by getting sucked into the crowd. The more work we do the more we get attached and feel we’re right. It’s when a group of more sophisticated investors agree when caution is needed most.
03:06
November 14, 2018
Was that part of your plan?
Today I discuss the perils of losing your own voice and taking on opinions and ideas of others that you haven’t analyzed.
01:57
November 12, 2018
Trading the midterm elections
I discuss my thinking around the various election outcomes.
02:27
November 6, 2018
How to stay on a roll
Preserving your momentum is something that you can proactively manage. In this recording I talk about how I do that and why I think it’s one of the most important things you can do in your trading.
06:12
November 5, 2018
Be willing to miss it
Nothing predicts future success more than quick losses and being willing to miss moves.
02:07
October 31, 2018
Work like an artist
Stay curious and be willing to take days off to clear your head. It will preserve your momentum and help you stay open minded. It’s been a hard lesson for me to work in a less linear fashion.
04:06
October 22, 2018
Position sizing: the double edged sword
An old lesson came back to bite me in a big way at an inopportune time. Position sizing continues to be my greatest strength and greatest weakness but at this stage of my career the downside of that is less tolerable.
03:36
October 14, 2018
What’s your max loss?
You must determine the point where you are going to exit your trade before you enter. Sometimes the more complex your strategy the more you can rationalize not doing that in your head. You can also rationalize that when you are trading well and it doesn’t seem important at the moment...but it IS!
03:11
September 23, 2018
Laying by your dish
Today I talk about being stuck in a loser at the dentist, how to trade (or not) while moving, and what a good friend reminded me about the freedom and your work.
03:39
September 23, 2018
Be independent or face pain
I talk about how I learned a very painful lesson this week about what happens when you’re not independent in your thinking.
04:40
September 8, 2018
Q/A with Edge Trading Group
This is a longer than normal episode where I take questions from members of the Edge Trading Group. It’s fairly wide ranging.
1:32:48
August 29, 2018
Do the stuff that matters first
It’s important to focus on what actually makes you money. It’s very easy to bleed your day away pursuing intellectual macro discussions that won’t give you an edge. Take the time to do the most important stuff first.
03:16
August 29, 2018
Using my breath to get focused
I’m using the inner balance Heartmath device get into a focused state. Practicing that way has made it easier to replicate that state during my day.
02:45
August 28, 2018
Zeroing in on what you’re good at
What makes the most impact for you? Zero in on that. Develop a process to support that.
03:58
August 12, 2018
Cleaning up your trading
You can’t get to the next level until you stop getting beat up doing marginal trades. Focus on your core strategy.
03:53
August 12, 2018
Tesla and battleground stocks
Today we got an example of what can happen in the market when a lot of people are short. Be aware if you’re in a battleground asset.
01:43
August 7, 2018
Resist the information edge
I talk on how more research can make you less flexible without increasing your odds of success. Instead of working harder you may need to work differently.
04:41
August 5, 2018
Recovering emotionally after a loser
I talk about how I’m going to treat myself today after having a decent sized loser.
01:45
August 2, 2018
Reflecting on a losing trade
I reflect on getting burned on a 2 month stock trade. I share 3 lessons, one of which really stood out.
02:39
August 2, 2018
Don’t be a second hand person
Find the facts for yourself. It’s ok to use others to send you down a path but resist the urge to repeat and internalize narratives that aren’t true to you.
04:51
July 30, 2018
What if you had a year left?
I talk about how I’d behave if I had one year left to live after reflecting on a date night question with my wife.
02:30
July 18, 2018
Making the switch to trading
I discuss what it would take for me to make the switch into full-time trading.
06:30
July 6, 2018
How does a trader manage wealth?
I discuss how it’s important to understand your personal risk tolerance. You can’t have market declines outside of your trading ruin your mindset and make you emotional. Proper planning can prevent this.
04:22
June 30, 2018
How to prepare for a trading day
I discuss a few really important questions to prepare for each trading day. What would be the biggest surprise today? What kind of personality is the market showing lately?
04:39
June 30, 2018
Trading manners
I talk about conducting yourself like a professional when asking questions and when you are having success or struggling. It’s important to approach others with awareness and care.
02:43
June 27, 2018
When volatility strikes
I talk about how you don’t have to buy on the first big down day and how it’s important not to let the external market influence your internal market.
02:36
June 26, 2018
Making each trade its own event
I talk about how during a sports bet there is a defined ending point but during a trade if you don’t create an ending point it can be a continuous thing. That can be very dangerous if you don’t know where you’re wrong.
03:25
June 16, 2018
Sharing a shitty string of events
Today I talk about what it’s like to have a shit day because It happens and the best thing I did was a little bit of damage control by taking a nap.
01:28
June 13, 2018
How do you preserve your momentum?
I discuss how your momentum is your most precious asset. Sometimes the first loss psychologically doesn’t feel so bad but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take it just as seriously.
03:46
June 11, 2018
The only plan that works
There are no shortcuts. Pain and experience are part of the process. Nobody else can save you with their system but you can certainly learn a lot from other people. The faster you figure out you need to make a system your own, the quicker you can move toward success.
04:13
June 8, 2018
Is this business going to kill me?
I share a personal story about my health and some of the lessons I’ve learned over the years.
03:56
June 7, 2018
How do you stop overtrading?
I talk about some strategies to keep yourself productively distracted instead of over trading. I also discuss what time frames I use when I trade.
06:38
June 7, 2018
Making the right choices
When you’re clear there is no choice. If you are stuck choosing then it may be a sign of confusion.
01:30
June 1, 2018
Waking up less groggy
I think eating keto is fixing me. I’ve been battling this all my life.
01:08
May 31, 2018
Learning how to learn
I discuss two different modes of your brain and how things like walking, driving, and other activities can put you into a more intuitive state, which can provide some great realizations.
02:27
May 30, 2018
Problem design
Where will you continue to face the same problems? Build a system around it to save yourself.
05:15
May 29, 2018
What I worked on today
I go through a typical day for me in terms of how I spend my time and what I worked on related to personal development and also the market.
04:57
May 25, 2018
How I botched my execution
Despite having learned the lesson many times I mixed two time frames and got stuck with a position at a bad price.
02:07
May 23, 2018
How do you increase your size?
I discuss why it can be difficult to increase your size just based on a good run and why it’s more important to cut your size when you’re struggling. If you are focusing on your process then your size goes up automatically when it’s time.
06:57
May 18, 2018
Remembering what matters to you
I discuss how I stay focused on my longer term goals even when the day to day can distract me from them.
02:29
May 15, 2018
Can you handle the volatility?
I talk about the importance of knowing yourself before a probabilistic outcome causes you to panic. If you know that you can take worst case outcome then it will be easy to figure out how to structure the trade.
03:14
May 7, 2018
Who are you without conviction?
Conviction is essential to trading and investing successfully. Take the time to learn about yourself and what makes you unique because that will serve you well along this path.
03:13
May 7, 2018
Finding trades part 2
I talk about using correlations and events to find trades in a counterintuitive manner.
07:07
May 7, 2018
How I’m finding trading ideas part 1
I describe a new process that has helped me find more trades without it feeling like work. A top down approach of identifying themes while also staying focused on EPS winners and their chart formations.
07:00
May 7, 2018
The wrong way to mix trading and investing
I talk about how it’s very dangerous to change your time frame when you’re in the middle of a trade.
01:37
April 30, 2018
The right way to mix trading and investing
I talk about how I often use my trading skills to complement an investment. The two don’t need to be mutually exclusive.
03:11
April 30, 2018
Calming down
I discuss how I’ve been worked up too easily lately and how paying attention to that is important for my longevity.
03:03
April 29, 2018
Stock market observations
I talk about how when we stop climbing the wall of worry, then it’s time to worry. The market is unable to rally on North Korea and good large cap earnings.
02:35
April 27, 2018
Take the chains off
Today I discuss exiting trades early and how it’s important to keep track of your thought process as you do so. You are not a robot (yet) and sometimes your intuition can be your best friend. Knowing yourself can be an edge.
03:39
April 23, 2018
How to maintain a thought system
Make a thought management system that works for you. That may be audio and screenshots or it may be a simple spreadsheet. The key is doing something that is sustainable!
02:29
April 20, 2018
Obsessing over your setup
Today I reflect on my past few weeks where I've gotten a bit obsessive about finding the exact perfect setup (software/technology) when in reality it would be better to just find something that's 80% there and go with it.
02:22
April 18, 2018
Inverted yield curve and bank stocks
I talk about the movement towards an inverted yield curve and how it has been a good predictor of recessions and how bank stocks cannot hold the rallies despite record earnings this week.
01:34
April 16, 2018
Finding the right partner
I talk about how to find the right partner for your needs and how you learn so much about yourself in that process.
01:24
April 16, 2018
What's it really like to be a trader?
I talk about the ups and downs I’ve gone through and some of the lessons they gave me.
04:08
April 14, 2018
You think you’re a genius
I talk about the emotional boom and bust cycles and why it’s so important to really check yourself.
01:46
April 13, 2018
Using options to augment your idea
I talk about how when I’ve determined a potential floor for a stocking for a few weeks or months sometimes adding options can significantly boost my return.
03:00
April 13, 2018
Mastering the expectations game
I talk about how knowing the expectations and how they are built into the price of what you are trading or investing in is potentially the most important thing to look at.
01:51
April 10, 2018
Changing location helps your creativity
I talk about how your environment and making some changes can lead to a big increase in creativity.
01:37
April 10, 2018
Reinventing yourself is hard but necessary
I go on a bit of a rant about reinventing yourself and how that’s a normal part of every living entity. I also share some personal information about what I’m going through and how it’s not always clear what the next step is.
04:18
April 9, 2018
Overcoming the fear of putting a trade on
I talk about overcoming the fear of putting on a trade, why that may happen, and a few different things you can do about it.
03:52
April 9, 2018
Trade only when you can have total focus
I talk about how I forced some trades before my birthday breakfast and ended up ruining much of my morning.
01:54
April 6, 2018
Recovering from a large loss
I talk about how to go forward after a big loss and a variety of strategies that can help.
04:37
April 5, 2018
Connecting with other traders
I talk about how I would go about connecting with other traders and why it’s not easy to do but worth the effort.
02:54
April 5, 2018
My challenge and getting past it
I discuss how I’m bumping up against some new territory and it’s causing some tough emotions and I give a strategy for helping with that.
03:09
April 3, 2018
Banning everything crypto
Me ranting about crypto banning
00:58
March 31, 2018
Two trading stategies that work
I talk about some very simple strategies I would use and about getting questions from people.
02:04
March 30, 2018
Going from stocks to futures
I talk about some things that are different when trading stocks versus trading futures.
03:26
March 30, 2018
Determine your time frame ahead of time
I talk about minimizing risk while traveling and about the importance of determining if the trade is a shorter term one or something longer-term. It’s not good to be flipping back-and-forth because you end up getting the worst of both worlds.
01:45
March 29, 2018
Holding a loser
I talk about the difference between holding a loser with small size vs big size and some different ways to think about it.
01:41
March 27, 2018
3 lessons after mistakes
I’m having a little bit of a tougher morning emotionally and I reflect on three lessons.
00:59
March 26, 2018
Buy before or after confirmation?
I answer a question from a friend about buying before versus after a confirmation.
03:10
March 25, 2018
The struggle and some perspective
I discuss how my levels of confidence shift around quite a bit even though I’ve done this for so long. Proper risk control can help financially and a proper perspective can help psychologically.
04:08
March 25, 2018
My career win rate in response to a friends question
This is an actual recording I sent to a friend so it's a bit more raw. I talk about my career win % as I answer his question about the feeling he has to get the absolute tops and bottoms in his trade execution. He is observing he wants things to be very structured and I talk about how that can work in practice.
02:05
March 24, 2018
How can you thrive?
This is episode talks about one of the most important things I have learned during my trading journey, the importance of getting to know yourself on a deeper level.
03:15
March 24, 2018
It’s ok to get out and back in
Today I talk about how it’s important to understand that trading is an artistic process and sometimes it’s OK to get out and get back in.
01:53
March 23, 2018
BTC FUD and using all your tools
Today I talk about why I like to use more than just charts when I trade.
02:09
March 23, 2018
The state of cryptos
I discuss how regulatory pressure is hurting Ethereum and Bitcoin seems better positioned until that clears up.
04:18
March 23, 2018
A variety of thoughts on different assets
I talk about uranium, corn, corporate debt, high-yield debt, the stock mkt, and oil relative to other assets.
01:58
March 23, 2018
EVs, timeframes, and Sentieo.
I talk about my interest in the EV trend and a cool resource I’m using to help me research.
02:03
March 23, 2018
Fear of missing out
Today I talk about how I was able to resist trading despite it being a busy day because I wasn’t feeling well and I was distracted.
01:12
March 23, 2018
An alternate approach to trading journals
I discuss why having a trading journal can be useful but the form and time frame it takes is very dependent on the trader.
02:12
March 21, 2018
Trading logic: FOMC meeting
Today I discuss how I setup a 10 year treasury long trade using extreme hawkish FOMC expectations as my guide.
01:58
March 21, 2018
Being right but losing money
Today I talk about how I had a great idea but my desire to make more money and not miss the move cost me in the end.
03:42
March 20, 2018