Why Most Traders Fail, And How You Can Avoid

By | January 12, 2023 4:06 pm

You will not see the 95% of the youtube channel in the next 5 years.

95% of the startups will close shop in next 5 years.

95% of youth cricketer will not make it into the IPL team.

Similarly 95% of the traders( investor, swing trader, day trader) will not be trading in the next 2 to 5 years.

Money is the reason most start trading. Working from home, making more money, financial freedom, whatever it is. That can be a starting factor but it won’t give you the motivation to stick with the grind. Find your why, and you’ll get through the throat punches rather easily.

As a Trader we are  “hard-wired” to do all the wrong things till we have not trained our mind. You will always look for the easiest way to make money but unfortunate its  turn out to be the easiest way to lose money.

During my trading session I ask my students to sit down and write  on, “Why I lose money in trading, Why I fail as a trader “ Be honest with yourself. What are your typical excuses?

You might write something like this:

“I was desperate, and I needed to do something.  As a result, I really didn’t have time to do a trading plan Instead, I just made trades.”

For the 30 minutes that it takes to do “Why I lose money in trading, Why I fail as a trader ” exercise, give yourself a break and be brutally honest. Can you be honest and tell it like it is, or is it more important to justify the excuses and be a failure?

So go ahead. Take 30-60 minutes right now and start writing down your excuses about your trading.

Do the exercise even before continuing reading this article! It’s that important.

So What Did You Write?

If you were honest with yourself, you justified your limitations. You’ve probably created a record that includes many of the major thoughts and beliefs that you use to undermine virtually every endeavor that you create. Furthermore, the more honest you’ve been with yourself, the more valuable this exercise will be for you.

What might some of those excuses and justifications look like?

Here’s a list of possible excuses:

  • I just haven’t had the time that I need to trade better.
  • I have had too many distractions, and I cannot focus.
  • The market has not been acting like I expected.
  • I know I need to study trading psychology, but I just can’t seem to find the time.

You make excuses simply so that you can be right. You are basically saying that you like your excuse beliefs because they are right.  Do remember Excuses don’t make you happy.  Excuses don’t make you successful. Excuses, however, do allow you to be right and if that’s so important to you, so be it.

If your trading isn’t going the way you want it to, change what you are doing, As per Behavioral studies if something doesn’t work, do something else. Almost anything else will get you different results.

Maybe you need to change something about your trading system (your exits or your position sizing strategy).

Trading is a process. There is no success or failure—only Profit and Loss. You’ve been getting P/L statement about what you’ve been doing for a long time. How have you been responding to it so far?  Have you been making up a lot of excuses?  Are you more interested in being right than making progress toward your goals?  Are you willing to change now? It’s never too late. You’re never too old.


Just imagine that you are responsible for everything that has happened to you up to now in your trading. That’s part of “responsibility” that I’ve talked and written about so many times. And when you finally decide that you are responsible for your own life—for what has happened in the past—you will find that you get an immense rush of freedom.

Technical and fundamental analysis both rely on personal decisions. There’s no perfect technical or fundamental buy point. It’s all a range that will be proved right or wrong by the market. There’s no holy grail. What works on Monday fails on Tuesday. It’s about accepting its a coin flip but if you win 2000 and lose 1000 and do that 1000x you’ll make a lot of money. It’s all about making more on winners than you lose on your losers. Have a hard stop. Always. Mental stops means you’ll adjust when it’s hit.

You can decide right now what you want, and you are in charge of making it happen.  Today is always the first day of the rest of your life, so begin now.

Category: Trading Loss Trading Psychology

About Bramesh

Bramesh Bhandari has been actively trading the Indian Stock Markets since over 15+ Years. His primary strategies are his interpretations and applications of Gann And Astro Methodologies developed over the past decade.

Leave a Reply