Day Trader Lifestyle tips you can start today ๐ŸŒด

Day trader lifestyle traits you can start today, Planned v. Realized R-Multiple, Another consistent trader shares his story!

April 21, 2023
8 minutes
Weekly Trading Insights

Dear TradeZella,

Advice on achieving that "day trader lifestyle"?

We're familiar with the "trader lifestyle". ๐ŸŒด

Some of us think about flashy cars, big profits, beach vacations, and all things in between.

Think "MTV Cribs". ๐Ÿ 

Some of us might think about buying Mom a new car, taking the family to Disney World, or having the rest of the day to enjoy free time. ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ

While the stereotype exists in different forms, one thing stands consistent: freedom to decide what you do with your money, time, and energy.

For most of us, that's the sole reason we start trading and stick with it. ๐Ÿ’ช

In this one, we'll give you suggestions on how to achieve that lifestyle. The best part?

You can start today. ๐Ÿ“…


Laying the Foundation & Expectations

You don't have to wait to become rich from trading to get going on this.

It's best to put these habits into practice now and allow them to form the bridge to further success down the line.

The habits here we'll focus on are better utilizing:

  • time
  • money
  • energy

How can we be more efficient with our time and resources? ๐Ÿค”


Utilize a calendar

Track how much time you will spend on each activity. โฐ Streamline your process.

Doing this gives you a point at which you are finished with your routine for the day, freeing up your time.

It also gives you a parameter to work within, holding yourself accountable.



Outsource your thoughts

Don't overcomplicate things in your head. Let your trading journal hold all the information. ๐Ÿ“

The best traders journal their trades, leaving behind the need to keep track of everything in their head. ๐Ÿง 

Think of your trading journal as "outsourcing your thoughts".

The second point here is that your trading journal should display metrics about your trades.

Utilize this information to see:

  • where you could be cutting your losses โœ…
  • how you could improve risk management โœ…
  • how you could better preserve your capital โœ…

Triple bonus here- This saves you time AND energy AND money.


Take care of yourself

You're too high-value to feel unhealthy. ๐Ÿ†

Eat well. Meditate. Dress well. Read. Exercise. Socialize. Relax.



Time block these into your calendar if you need to.

When you look and feel your best, you'll have the confidence to achieve your goals in trading and in life.

When you omit great energy, you'll receive great energy.

Health is wealth.


What have we learned?

Your lifestyle is what you make it. We all want that freedom to decide what we want to do with our time, money, and energy.

We've given you some tips on how you can:

  • Free up your time by scheduling your to-do's
  • Outsource your trading activities, notes, and thoughts into a trading journal
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle outside of trading

So, what are you waiting for? Let's get going!


Have you tried this?

R-Multiple: Planned vs. Realized

You may have seen this on your individual trade log, but do you use it?

As traders, we know that R-Multiple is a huge component of our trading system.


When inputting your profit target and stop loss values, TradeZella takes care of the rest.

Take a look at your Planned vs. Realized R-Multiple next time.

Your planned R-Multiple is what you intended to get out of the trade based on your plan.

Realized R-multiple is what actually happened.

If you're seeing that your Realized R is consistently a lot less than your planned, you may be

  • taking profits too early
  • placing your stop level too far out
  • placing too much confidence in your profit target

Keep this in mind next time you import your trades! ๐Ÿ˜Ž


User Highlight

Jack of all trades, and now a master of ONE.

This week, we had the pleasure of speaking with Abir, otherwise known as @DeepPocketsITM on Twitter.


He's an options trader who found his success after 3 years of painstaking effort and working various side hustles.

In this interview, we'll dive into

  • Abir's trading journey
  • His unique situations and challenges along the way
  • How he was able to find improvement
  • Future goals

Without further ado... let's get into it.


TZ: Hey, Abir! So excited to feature you this week. We've been seeing your consistent posts on Twitter and just had to get a hold of you. Could you start of by telling us how long you've been trading for?

A: I started trading stocks and crypto at 18. so itโ€™s been about 4 years in the markets.

Those first three years were honestly just me losing money. Iโ€™d have periods where Iโ€™d make crazy amounts in my P/L, but keeping it was the tough part.

In October 2021, I found out about options trading. Before this, I was a jack of all trades and master of none, but options trading is where I really stuck with it and stayed resilient through all the tough points and obstacles that every trader faces.

I donโ€™t know any other point in my life where I allowed to keep myself going while failing for so long.

I would always see the crazy amount of gains Iโ€™d make in my trading, but my losses were just so much bigger. I knew that if I can just reduce the losses and be able to keep my gains more, that would be life changing.

This would lead to the cycle of highs and lows, but it all lead me here to the trader I am now.

I was losing money the first 10 months. The next 6 months I was in a boom-bust cycle.

After that, Iโ€™ve found consistency and a solidified strategy/system.

Sounds short and simple when I try to sum it up, but itโ€™s anything but that.


TZ: What a great example of powering through. 3 years of not feeling successful at something you're working hard at often leads people to make excuses. Your resilience is unparalleled! There must have been a lot going on outside of trading as well to keep you afloat.

My trading journey has created a pivotal moment in my life.

I was doing many things prior to options trading. I was drop shipping for two years, reselling sneakers and clothes, and mass completing assignments for other students.

I was straight hustling, but thatโ€™s in my blood as a New Yorker.

I was pretty good at the things I had already going for me and it was working, but I didnโ€™t enjoy it because I felt that all my time was going into doing the work and if I spent less time it would decrease the growth.

I found trading to be the opposite of that, something I can leverage while keeping the time spent the same.

It was also one of the few things that I was continuing to fail at and saw no progress for months and months.

I enjoyed the challenge of it, and even though then I was spending more of my time reading books, backtesting, journaling, etc., I found a challenge that kept me going and I knew that if others could do it, then I could too.

Trading took me to very low points in my life.

Everything I worked for prior to it was all erased as my trading losses mounted up. That obviously wasnโ€™t great for my trading either.

Trading really broke me down as a person, and built me back up through the journey that it put me through.

I started meditating to increase my patience, working out consistently to build my health, reading books to leverage the knowledge of others and grow my mind.

I was a completely different person midway through my trading journey, even though I was still red most days, I saw the growth it brought in every part of my life except for the financial area.

It was only after this growth did I start seeing growth in my trading.


I honestly found that to be life changing itself, the gains I make now are nice, but the person that Iโ€™ve become throughout this process and the growth is overall priceless.


TZ: Well said. It's not until we see a change in ourselves that we see a change in our trading progress. Throughout your growth process, did you utilize any trading tools or journal your trades?

Prior to using TradeZella, I would manually journal my trades using an Excel sheet.

It was okay, but nothing like what TradeZella provided me.

I started using TradeZella during my boom-bust cycle and it honestly is one of the key factors in turning me into a more consistent trader and cutting out those mistakes that would ruin weeks of good trading progress.

I first found out about it through Umar posting about it on Twitter.

Since he was a trader I looked up to creating this platform, I knew it would be a tool that could only help me as a trader since there was someone behind it that went through what we all went through as traders.


TZ: That's amazing. Diving deeper into this topic, what problem does TradeZella solve for you?

Journaling was made easier with TradeZella.

The way I looked at it, it created very little resistance in importing my trades and being able to analyze them right away compared to having to manually type in every trade on Excel like how I used to do it, and thatโ€™s why I made the investment.

My favorite part is being able to tag each trade and see which setups/mistakes are costing me the most.

This is what created consistency in my trading as I reduced that cost slowly over time. Then I would move on to the next costly mistake, and then the next one, and so on. It was a rinse and repeat process.

TZ: Any goals for the future?

Iโ€™m going to be graduating this May from college and transitioning into working remote and trading at the same time.

This last year in college, I was able to enjoy life more by being able to travel more ever since I was able to get myself together in my trading aspect.

Looking back, Iโ€™m glad I spent these past four years working on this skill because I know that Iโ€™ve developed something that Iโ€™ll be able to reap the benefits of for the rest of my life.
Iโ€™m excited to trade and work, and slowly size up while maintaining consistency to really take my trading to the next level.

In the future, I want to continue the type of life I was able to create for myself this past year. Being able to travel, enjoy life with the people that mean the most to me, and continuing to level up my trading to the point where I can stop working a job.

In the future, I intent to use the money created from trading to start projects of my own, continue creating ways to give back to the trading community to help others, and enjoy life with less bad stress and more good stress.


TZ: Great to hear, Abir! Thanks for sharing your story with us as it can inspire other traders to stay the course. We're excited to see how you progress this year!




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