Chris Lori knows about success; as an Olympic bobsleigh champion he understood pressure and technique, and he knew how important practice was. These traits, and more, have served him well throughout his trading journey.
Chris Lori is a world champion who has featured in the Olympic Games four times in bobsleighing. But he has also been Forex trading professionally for 18 years. He moved from Canada to Singapore, was once a full-time fund manager, and now exclusively runs his own book.
It’s been an interesting life! When in sport, it was always weighing on Chris Lori’s mind as to what would happen in retirement. He retired at 35, but wasn’t at a loss – he had always studied the markets which meant that when he did retire and he wanted to run his own business, he immediately went into trading.
Once Chris Lori engaged in the process of building a trading persona and psyche, he quickly found that everything he had endured mentally in sport was directly transferable into the development of himself as a trader. He didn’t realise it at first, but when it did become clear he was amazed. It just goes to show that anyone can be a trader, whether it’s similar to what you’ve been doing before or completely different. When he understood this, he began to think back about his own experiences and internalized them to help him. After that, his trading success accelerated.
In trading, Chris Lori’s first piece of advice is to remember that the goal is not to copy someone else; everyone is different and just because something works for them it doesn’t mean it will work for you. You need to find your own uniqueness in the process. It’s important to learn this as soon as you can otherwise you will waste a lot of time trying to emulate someone else. That way you can be your own trader and do your own thing that works for you before you do anything else.
Chris Lori is a different trader now to what he was in 1998. Things change as you learn different techniques and ideas. We all start out with a blank slate and go through a discovery period, and then you work out where your skillset is. And that’s how you end up trading. You need to understand your strengths and natural thought processes – but that’s not to be confused with a desire for making money and taking action. The power of trading is in the financial gain, but if that’s where you focus you will be compromising on the natural process of what needs to be done.
If your goal is to gain satisfaction from learning about market structure and fundamentals, working out probability, lining up parameters, and overcoming psychological challenges that you are sure to come up against, then you will do a lot better, says Chris Lori. You’ll be successful. If you focus on the task, the end result will take care of itself, so take your mind off the financial gain.
You need to have a trading plan, but it has to be yours, not someone else’s. If you follow a ready made plan you won’t do well at all. The plan is about your own development process, which is why it has to be your own. You need to break down how you’re going to develop as a trader. Read books on fundamentals, for example, and look at the charts. Gain an intimate understanding of price behaviour at an intensive level so that you know all aspects of price delivery.
It will take a while, warns Chris Lori. It has to. You need the deepest understanding of why price moves as it does so that you can anticipate it. You then blend your own psychological profile with market movement. That’s how to make your own plan. Then things fall into place because you have confidence and experience, and you understand the market because of how you think. You don’t need anyone else’s validation.
It’s inevitable that people will go and find out as much as they can for free at the beginning. The funny thing is, this ‘free’ advice, looking at pre-made charts, copying what other people are doing, can often lead to burning through thousands of pounds in your trading account, whereas signing up to a course for a few hundred pounds or dollars would give you the information you need to be much more successful. Yet people don’t tend to want to do that.
It’s important to go through the exploratory process to work out how you think and what your emotions are to match the market space at the moment of your trade. If it doesn’t match up, don’t do it. It’s not worth it. Wait until the time is right. Patience is so important in trading.
A lot of traders want to do everything and know everything about everything, and Chris Lori completely understands that way of thinking, but it’s far better to be a master of one thing and use that as an avenue into the markets – understand it better than anyone else can understand it, and you will be successful. No one else will be able to look at things the way you do – you need to find your uniqueness and use it.
If someone is breaking even that’s amazing. It’s underrated. You are just one small tweak away from being successful. The difference might just be something emotional, like a roadblock that you’re putting up for yourself. For example, you need to engage in the development process that will result in a trading plan rather than the plan itself. That can remove the psychological roadblocks for you.