Your Questions About Successful Trading Plans

Helen asks…

Why did the terrorists bomb the world trade center?

The main terrorists, Ramzi Yousef, Mahmud Abouhalima, Mohammad Salameh, Abdul Rahman, Ahmad Ajaj,helped bomb the world trade center in 1993 in NY.

Why did they plan to bomb the US and why the World trade center?

John answers:

The US had never had a successful foreign terrorist attack before 1993. Since the World Trade Center Towers were a real fixture in the New York skyline and hosted a number of high finance businesses with international reach, they were an attractive target.

Terrorists don’t kill people at random. They look for undefended targets with unarmed people that will get lots of media attention. By nature their leaders are cowards who send out idiots to actually do the job.

The 1993 terrorist attack failed so they sat back and planned a bigger one. A few businesses realized the World Trade Center was too attractive a target and moved out, but other businesses moved in. The lesson American business should have learned is don’t be in the tallest most attractive building around. Put your business in the one next door.

Betty asks…

Is Full Sail University a respectable school?

I plan on going into Game Design, and I think this would be my best option. Is it respected by employers? I’ve heard both positive and negative things about the school, and I haven’t really been able to find out the cost. Help is definitely appreciated.

John answers:

The consensus of responsible opinion is that it is a trade school masquerading as a university. It is not regionally accredited which means that its credits and degrees are not accepted by other universities and many employers. It is a for-profit business where money for the owners comes before education for the students. Its few successful graduates probably would have succeeded no matter where they went to school.

Donald asks…

How do I go on in life despite these realizations?

I failed out of university, am having a lot of trouble even keeping a job. I don’t talk to my old friends anymore because I realize that they have betrayed me in one way or another. I’ve never had a girlfriend and am a kissless virgin (would hire a prostitute but they are too expensive for someone who is unemployed).

These events are not from a lack of effort. I have been diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder and social anxiety disorder (from what I shared with the psychiatrist) and prescribed antidepressants. I never took them because I am not supposed to drink while on them and they lead to erectile dysfunction (ironically, porn and alcohol are pretty much the only things left in life that make me happy). I also tried going to therapy but it was useless because all the therapist did was listen and didn’t offer any actual useful advice. I already know what my problem are, I don’t need to vent, I need a solution!

I realize that life is pointless and stupid and no matter how much I accomplish it will be forgotten once I and my family and friends die. I am looking desperately for a reason to not go on a drug binge that ends up with me ODing. My family and friends have betrayed me and I feel like I can’t trust anyone anymore. I feel completely alone in this world and hate living like this. To quote my favorite comedian Doug Stanhope “Life is like animal porn, it’s not for everyone.” and I’m starting to think that I’m one of those people.

The people that are successful in life have good social skills and are likable and I am not because I am quiet and shy and don’t smile much. I am not a mean or particularly unfriendly person, but there is just something about me that makes people not like me. I was almost always picked last in gym class, and social dynamics don’t change much as you get older, just maybe with a more civilized front.

Life is not precious and I don’t see any honor in growing old and living in pain and losing my mind and not being able to control my bowel movements just to say I didn’t “give up” and wasn’t a “quitter” in life or a “coward” or many other ridiculous things that people who have committed suicide are judged as. I believe overcoming your survival instincts and facing death by choice is one of the most bravest things someone can do.

I’ve worked full-time before and my days consisted of: Get up, get ready for work, go to work, work all day, come home exhausted with barely enough energy to cook dinner for myself, prepare for work the next day, and then stay up as late as reasonably possible because I know that when I go to sleep I’m just going to have to wake up the next day and do it all over again. How do I avoid dreading going back to work in my off-time? I’ve been bullied by managers and there was nothing I could do because they would fire me on the spot and I needed the money to pay rent. Luckily, my parents took me back in after I was fired so I didn’t have to become homeless.

I just wish I could continue as I’m doing and spend my time relaxing, but my parents keep bugging me to get a job. I don’t see why I should have to work since I never agreed to be born into this cruel, unfair world. I thought this was all just teen angst, but I am now 21 and nothing has changed.

Should I just “grow up” and accept that life is going to suck and I’m going to work all day just to be able to enjoy myself for a few hours in the evening? Because the trade-off just doesn’t seem worth it to me. Should I do it “just because”? And I doubt there is a job that I would “enjoy,” because most jobs are going to get boring and tedious if you do it long enough. The most I could realistically hope for is one that I don’t absolutely hate.

I also get hung up on philosophical ideas like solipsism where I can’t be sure that anything, or anyone else exists. Sometimes I wonder if this is just a strange dream that I will awaken from when I die. Makes it kind of hard to get motivated to do anything when you don’t believe anything is real. But I can’t be sure of anything regardless and maybe I am being too skeptical?

I don’t want to die, but I wish i was never born, so I wouldn’t have to go through this crazy thing called life just to return to the oblivion when I die. So I am wondering how you people go on despite all of this?
I do have a hard time believing that mental illness isn’t my fault or something that I have control over. Antidepressants are barely more effective than a placebo and I have heard many mixed reviews on them. Also, the fact that these disorders aren’t proven to have biological causes makes it even more difficult for me. Then again, just because they don’t know why something seems to work doesn’t mean that it won’t right?

John answers:

First off you need to get treatment for your OCD and depression. You can’t expect yourself to be able to work and function when you have a diagnosed mental illness you are trying to deny! You NEED to take the medication prescribed AND engage in THERAPY.

You do NOT need to drink and not everyone on AD’s gets erectile dysfunction. You can’t doss around for the rest of your life. You DO need to think about your long term plans, but you need to get some mental health support and treatment first.

You say you didn’t choose to be born, but seeing how you HAVE been BORN and DO exist how’z about you stop being resentful and start to create a life worth living for yourself?

* i know where you are coming from but what you said is NOT true. How is it your fault? Its not a choice people make. No one wakes up one day and thinks – oh i know, i’ll have clinical depression for the fun and experience of it!

AD’s are NOT a magic cure or easy fix. ALL they do it help lift your mood enough so you can engage in therapy and start to make longer lasting cognitive changes. I don’t think anyone should just be medicated and deemed cured or treated. YOU need to make changes to your thinking and life style. Medication can be used as a tool to help you achieve that aim.

You could always tell yourself that you will give the medication a trial period. Say 6 months. Start on a low does, to minimise side effects, then increase up to a therapeutic dose. Take them for a few months and just SEE if it helps or makes a difference. You might just find it lifts your mood a bit so you feel a bit more motivated and able to make some changes. If after 6 months you think they haven’t helped or worked you can then wean yourself off them. Nothing to lose really?

How YOUR body reacts will be unique to YOU. It is irrelevant if they have or haven’t work for other people. You have to take them and see how they work for YOU. You don’t learn to drive a car by watching someone else do it. Sooner or later YOU have to get behind the wheel and learn YOURSELF!

Mary asks…

Stock Market course. Is it logical to start stock market buisiness or what?

I am planning to go through stock market course ($6790) and start trading stock for 5k. I don’t have any debt or anything. Do you guys think this is logical if I put my %110 into the business? I have to borrow some of the money in the bank. What do you guys think?

John answers:

You’re not going to like my response but its based on 45+ years in the industry

A good trader and especially a new trader should NEVER borrow money for trading capital.
Borrowing from a bank to trade is not the right thing to do for any one who is trading.

Paying $6,700 for a stock market course is just asinine.

Looking at your logic – borrow money to start, using more money than I have, and spending money for a stock market course, you will never be successful.

Your logic is not logical, your not even rational. Spend a few dollars to buy some books and learn about the markets and the products traded in the market

Charles asks…

How does one create a successful resume where there is an employment gap of 10 years?

Must someone lie about work experience or is there another way to fill that void.

John answers:

Don’t lie about the work experience thing – I work in HR and it’s going to come out eventually, whether it’s in the interview or a few years down the line after you’ve been hired. In either case, it doesn’t turn out well for you 🙁

Instead, use the cover letter to explain why you have the gap in employement (were you caring for children or relatives, injured or out of the country?). If you used that time to do something exciting – like travel the world – put that in your cover letter, along with a description of any steps you took to stay current in your industry. For example, if you took any continuing education classes, kept up on trade publications or volunteered at industry events, these things demonstrate that you’re still committed to the field.

If you don’t have much to show for your time, don’t expect that you’ll be able to gloss over it – no matter how good your resume is. Please understand that this is a tough job market to be re-entering, so plan for a little extra time when it comes to finding the right job.

Good luck!


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