I’ve been wanting to do a writeup on the blogs for some time related to this topic… So here it goes. Feel free to drop some insight in the comments.
I’ve done incredibly well in my career path in a short amount of time after taking some trading L’s. But as I grow in my career, I feel like I’m leaving trading behind little by little. Curious to hear from the community on the topic of balancing a career & a love for trading.
The Long Part:
I work for a company in the specialty chemicals industry as a Project Facilitator. I wont bore you with details but to summarize, I’m responsible for keeping all departments on the same page throughout the process of onboarding new business. As one would imagine, this requires meetings. A lot of them.
Until ESSC, I had a manageable work load. My job was simple, take notes & follow up. Piece of cake…
After ESSC #1,
I took a much more active role in what I do from 8-5. I focused more on my work and less on my trading. I quickly noticed how much more accomplished I felt at the end of the day having spent more time on work than chasing green candles… & after ESSC #2, I became obsessed.
When I say obsessed, I mean going full F*ing throttle. I completely overhauled my system to maximize the value I was bringing to the table as the Project Facilitator. I recreated myself & I went 100% balls deep in my career (& still am).
I immediately saw change in my career, and in my life. I’m involved in business meetings at the executive level now. I’m not just doing “enough to make the team”… I’m giving it 100% of my mental capacity. Our organization went from 22 projects to 57 projects in our pipeline just in the last month, and things have been going great…
However, the past 2 weeks I’ve come to feel as if I’m falling behind as a member of this great community. I’m less involved with trading floor discussions, and more involved with work (even in the evenings). I keep making mistakes with the trades I do make, and I keep staying out of plays that would have been successful. I’m taking 2 steps forward & 2.5 steps back.
While, yes, I’m ecstatic about my advancements in my career, there’s a part of me that longs for balance. I love my job, sure, but I’ll never love it like I love trading.
Surely I can manage to have both… Right?
If you read all of that, cheers. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic below.