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Nial Fuller

Professional Trader, Author & Coach

Do You Really Deserve To Be A Successful Trader?

deserve to be successful traderNo matter what you think about the following statement I’m about to make, it’s true, and you will see why if you finish reading today’s lesson…

The rich and successful in this world, including business people, professional athletes, movie stars and the like, all DESERVE the money and success they have earned and achieved in their lives.

In nearly every case, they work harder and smarter than the other 99% of the population, they do what 99% of the population won’t do, they take the risks, they invest the time, effort and money, they study and practice and perfect their crafts constantly. Whether directly or indirectly, they are working on becoming “the best”, the majority of their waking hours.

The biggest difference between a successful person and an unsuccessful person is almost always the level of conscientiousness to the task and awareness of what needs to be done and when. That means they are dedicated to always learning and absorbing new knowledge and information, it means they work their asses off to get to where they want to be and dream to be, it means they seek out solutions and answers to the problems and challenges they face. The rich and successful live and breath what they do, they are passionate and will usually be the one in the group who is prepared to do whatever it takes, including take the risks required to get the result they desire.

That, my friends, is the price of freedom and lifestyle, be it from trading, business, sports, a top level executive or CEO, or whatever it is you choose to be. The majority of those that eventually get the good life, deserve the good life, not because it was they inherited it, but because they out-worked everyone else to get it.

So, where does that leave you? Where do you think you stand right now in your life when it comes to increasing your level of conscientiousness, what’s your level of awareness? Be honest with yourself, if you’re overweight, do you deserve to be overweight or do you eat well and exercise regularly? Do you study health and nutrition ? If not, then you probably deserve to be overweight. Do you study the markets, do you read constantly about the markets, do you take courses and seek mentors, do you study the market and charts every day?

No pressure here or anything, but right now, after hearing a brief intro. into what the rich and successful in this world do and how they think and act, do you think at this stage you really deserve trading success and the lifestyle it can bring? Are you really doing what it takes?


Even if you’re not rich yet, even if you’re not successful yet, even if you only have $1,000 in your trading account, you NEED to start acting as if you are a millionaire, you need to start acting as if you have already made it and to do that I have laid out some ideas below to help you get into the right groove. Hopefully this will bring you close to the self-belief that you deserve to master the game of trading, investing, business, whatever endeavor you choose to pursue.

Do you even know why you’re trading and what you want from it?

It’s funny that many, if not most traders, have no idea why they are even trading beyond “I want to make money.” That, my friends, is a problem.

If you don’t know where you’re going, what your goals are, how in the heck can you make a plan to achieve them? You need a “mission statement” for what your reason(s) for trading is, don’t just “wing it” and “see what happens” because if you do this, you’re gambling.

You need to get real about this shit, seriously, this is REAL MONEY AND REAL LIFE, it’s YOUR MONEY. It’s not a “fun little game” we are playing on the internet. Trading IS BUSINESS on the world’s biggest stage; the financial markets. If you aren’t prepared to do this business properly, you are going to get steam-rolled, I promise you that.

Being “prepared” and “playing properly” means you know why you are trading and exactly what your end-goal is, and it can’t just be “to make fast money”, because honestly, you are not going to make fast money unless you get super lucky, and if you are relying on luck to make money in the markets, you’re gambling and you’ll eventually blow up your account as a result.

As an example, what someone wants out of trading could be something like “I want to diversify my income streams and obtain another avenue for making some money besides just my 9-5 job, so my first goal is to just supplement my monthly income with trading income” – that is a specific defined goal that is not too lofty. Too often, traders start with unrealistic goals like “I want to quit my job immediately and make a thousand dollars a day trading” – these types of “goals” are not helpful because they are not realistic.

Your thirst for knowledge has to be unquenchable and insatiable

warren buffetWarren Buffet still reads everyday, most likely a large portion of his day. He goes to work and studies his craft and industry, despite being almost 90 and one of the richest people alive. Most people would have slacked off decades ago if they had Warren’s money, but not him, and that is why he is the best at what he does.

Tiger Woods still practices golf on a regular basis, despite having achieved everything any professional golfer dreams of. Most people would have thrown in the towel and resorted to a life of laziness and luxury at this point. There is an inner drive, competitiveness, passion, that keeps Tiger, Warren and many others dedicated to their craft. They are just as dedicated now as they were in the beginning, before they were successful, and that is what is required to achieve success in anything.

Ask yourself this: Are you constantly looking to increase your trading knowledge, skills and conscientiousness? Honestly, you shouldn’t even feel like it’s something you “have to do”, you should WANT TO DO IT. If you don’t have that innate desire to WANT to do it, then maybe you don’t deserve to be a successful trader and maybe you should put your time and effort into a different endeavour.

Are you just here to gamble or are you here to make money long-term?

Do you want to make money over the long-run or are you just here to gamble? You may say that you’re here to make money long-term but how you trade and how you feel when you’re planning and about to place a trade will tell you a lot.

If you don’t have a plan, then you’re planning to fail. If you’re second-guessing yourself constantly and have little to no confidence in your decisions, then you probably haven’t learned an effective strategy and don’t have a trading plan in place.

Day-traders almost always end up gambling, because of the constant screens in their face, the constant price changes, the temptation to take stupid trades that don’t meet whatever system they’re trading is too strong for most people to overcome. If you want to make money long-term you need to learn position trading where you hold trades for 1-3 days to 1-3 weeks on average.

Day-trading influences a trading addiction mindset which is NOT the mindset of a pro trader. Professional traders do not trade “for thrills”, they trade for goals, and they have a plan in place to achieve those goals. SOME people can day-trade successfully, but very, very few can do it because it tests the human ability to have self-control perhaps more than any other endeavor on earth. Pro traders do enjoy trading, but it has to be calculated and calm, not impulsive and erratic.

Do you treat your trading like a business and trade with a plan?

This may sound repetitive, but it’s because it’s important. YOU NEED to trade with a plan. If you don’t have a trading plan then you need to make one asap. I have a complete trading plan template at the end of my professional trading course that can fast-track this process for you.

Every business has a goal and a plan to get there, trading should be no different. Too many (most) traders simply learn about trading, read a few blog posts and then start chucking their money into an account and then let the trades fly. This is why they lose money too and why they DON’T DESERVE TRADING SUCCESS.

Do you think and act like a ‘baller’?

If you don’t think and BELIEVE that you deserve trading success BEFORE you actually have the success, how do you think you’ll ever get it? The only way to start doing everything right, that you need to do to become successful, is to first believe that you deserve and that you will attain it. As I’ve written about before, you have to think and act like a ‘baller’ to eventually become one.

As yourself, do you trade like a seasoned hedge-fund manager by position trading and not wasting time on short-term charts? Are you calm and collected and calculating? Do you remove the emotion and the mental highs and lows from trading? If not, you need to start working on these things to become deserving of trading success.

Are you sickeningly disciplined and ninja-focused?

To deserve trading success you also need to put in the time and effort required for such a “reward”. You may not want to hear this, but you have to be sickeningly disciplined and have laser-focus if you want to put yourself into position to deserve trading success.

bruce lee fightingIn an article I wrote on how to become a trading master, I discuss how famed martial artist Bruce Lee become the best ever at his craft. He is a good example of the type of dedication and discipline it takes to deserve trading success. It is not going to “just happen” to you because you think you want it more than the next guy. Let me tell you something, there is not a person on this Earth who wouldn’t love to be able to make consistent money trading the markets, so just “wanting it bad” means ZERO.

Fear the opponent who has practiced 1 kick 10,000 times, not the one who has practiced 10,000 kicks 1 time, put that in your ‘pipe’ and puff on it a while.


After reading today’s lesson, what I want you to do is ask yourself the following questions and answer honestly:

  • What are you going to do to continue building your trading conscientiousness and awareness?
  • Are you doing enough or is there a lot more fuel in your tank you could be using?
  • Do you really deserve success in trading, business or your personal life? What are you doing to earn it?
  • Are you one of the 1% who “ticks all the boxes” we discussed above, day in and day out?

You may feel like you have some work to do, and that’s okay because I am here to assist you in any way I can. Just remember, ultimately it’s YOU who has to put in the hard work, ‘sweat and tears’, because I can teach you through my professional trading courses and online members’ area, but I cannot force you to do what is required to deserve trading success. You may think you deserve trading success but if you aren’t seeing it reflected in your trading account then I promise you that you don’t deserve it yet, so you need to re-group and plan out what you can start doing to deserve that success you so desperately desire.

Please Leave A Comment Below With Your Thoughts On This Lesson…

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is a Professional Trader, Investor & Author who is considered ‘The Authority’ on Price Action Trading. His blog is read by over 200,000+ followers and he has taught 25,000+ students since 2008. In 2016, Nial won the Million Dollar Trader Competition. Checkout Nial's Professional Trading Course here.
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  1. Alexander

    This Blog is very useful. Trading is the best option for earning profit.

  2. Thapelo Moloyi

    Thank you very much Nial I’ve been following your work for a while now and I must say i’m very impressed. I will joining your members area very soon


    A great article indeed but in trading it a long up and down journey which needs good training and patience.

  4. Nick

    We’ll have to work. It’s good that you find such articles when you’re young.

  5. Wogube Denard

    This article is a definite game changer. This is the real mindset required.

  6. L.T Smith

    Today is my first day on your website, and your articles are amazing. Thank you.

  7. motlatsi

    In my trading career i never had e mentor because i started trading out of nothing but i learned trading by just reading your articles even more than studying the chats and thanks to you if this was about religion i would say you are my spiritual father or maybe i should put it this way you are my financial markets God sent guide…may you be blessed abundantly more than you already are this information alone you are sharing here is worth a price but you are sharing it for free yet i have seen people selling readily available information on internet

    • Lawal Damilare

      I never knew this is what i will meet here when my friend introduced this site to me in first place,but i thank God am in the right place to be, have learnt so many thing in your article, i really appreciate your effort on this, may God award you abundantly for what you have been doing so far……..Thanks so much ????????

  8. Endy odoemelam

    indeed a great lesson for genuine traders.

    Thanks our boss

  9. Felly

    Just wow! I now know it’s entirely my fault that I’m still struggling, and I’m definitely working on it, starting now. Thanks, Nial

  10. Hypolite olua

    Professional traders do not trade “for thrills”, they trade for goals, and they have a plan in place to achieve those goals. Thank you Nail

  11. Wet

    I have never been truthful to myself in my life.. but this article gave me a loud sounded slap..Now I can bodly ask myself the truthful question. Thanks thanks for this nial.

  12. mahmood

    Dear Nial Fuller,
    Amazing, well briefed.. as always. Thanks

  13. Tushades

    Love it

  14. Khesiwe

    Nial this is one of the best.thanks so much

  15. Emmanuel

    Thanks for the deep teaching

  16. Mr Apata

    Now I know that trading business is not a get-rich-quick business; it needs time and patience to become profitable. The best thing, as a beginner, is constant study and practice.

  17. Isaac Oyelakin

    Niall always on point
    Helpful articles
    Tanks so much

  18. Osinachi

    Truth is, it takes years to master the act of trading and become consistently profitable, especially when you don’t have a successful trader as a mentor.
    Thanks for the great article!

  19. Matt

    thks boss. very interesting and educative article . May Almighty God help and bring us all to trading success someday

  20. Tom

    Boom. Another truth bomb going off in my head. Powerful stuff.



  22. Godwin

    Thanks, Nial, learning and acquiring knowledge is key forever progress.

  23. Folahan Olumide

    Nice! Thank You.

  24. Ali

    Great great and full of seriousness and motivating article????????

    Thank you so much

  25. Gabstar

    Thanks Nial, the article is an eye opener and a reminder to do it right

  26. MARIO

    very strong article to apply thank you very much Nail



  28. Adewale

    “Fear the opponent who has practiced 1 kick 10,000 times, not the one who has practiced 10,000 kicks 1 time, put that in your ‘pipe’ and puff on it a while.” Reality check.
    Everybody deserve success, but not everybody can be sickeningly disciplined their emotions over logic. Nial, thanks for this expository Article. The journey of becoming successful trader will Test, Trick and Trap your gut, but the rewards worth it.

    • Omeife


    • Mr Rock

      What a bombshell here!

  29. Busumane Zambe

    Today’s lesson spoke to me directly.I hardly read and practice what you teach on your course.I promised myself to work hard at least dedicate an hour to study the course and practice thereafter.Thank you for this outright truthful information.

  30. Lawrence

    What a good lesson keep it up

  31. Ramesh Jha

    Hi Nial, good blog. I really need to see the mirror. Thank you for the post.

  32. claude wakho

    I have been reading Nial’s articles since 2014, and every week I still eagerly wait for a notification about a new in my email. Nial never lies!

  33. Chidinma

    Thank you for that wake up call. I am more determined now that ever to achieve success. Nobody stumbles upon success.

  34. Yuri

    Hello, Nial! Thank you for a very insightful article!
    You talk about the thirst for knowledge which should be insatiable. And that sounds really right. But could you, please, specify which aspects of knowledge about markets are the most important ones?

    I mean, you are calling for simplicity in trading (which is cool), about mastering trading 1-3 types of signal (like pinbar reversal, inside bar and fakeys), not making things overcomplicated, not overthinking, not getting overwhelmed by fundamentals, news etc. So, with that said – what should be the focus in market-related education or self-education of an aspiring trader? I guess all trading psychology stuff is one of the answers. But what else? I think the whole community would be interested to learn this.

    Thank you for what you’re doing!

  35. MANO

    Hi Nial,
    Well set article. Thanks indeed.


  36. Jim Watts

    Thanks, Nial, The comments are well put. A timely reminder to everyone.

  37. Elena

    I enjoy the trading process itself.
    It is interesting to learn from real pros, to learn to sharpen their strategy in practice, to see how other people trade, to exchange opinions. That is so cool!
    Thank you, Niall for an excellent article.

  38. Pius Paul Ogugu

    Thanks Nial. I am encouraged by this since my focus is to be a successful professional trader

  39. FAon Ebenezer

    you are really a mentor i have ever known , no one like you thanks sir

  40. Ahmeed Akinsanya Bakare

    Great article

  41. Lerato

    spot on

  42. Rufus

    This is another excellent lesson. Many thanks.

  43. Nigel Harvey

    This article is hits home. Thanks Nial for such in an in-depth, clearly stated way to face the reality of trading. It is a treasure trove.

    Nigel Harvey

  44. Bongani

    Great article Nial, always appreciated!

  45. Dave

    Great article Nial and a good wake up call to be more disciplined, more focused, and more professional in my trading to take it to the next level and beyond.

  46. Wise Id

    Thanks for your advice’s, I will work on my plan’s to accumulate my wealth.

  47. Richard




  49. Moses

    It’s a great lesson again. Thanks Nial

  50. Wayfarer

    Thank You, NiAl ! This is great .

  51. bruce goode

    Cheers Nial

  52. Olamide Malaolu

    Brutally truthful….thanks

  53. Conscious

    It was said “those you see awarded in public,,, had their own battle secretly” many forex traders never succeeded just because they still don’t understand the value of seeking more knowledge and still think that a single shoot can kill million,,,thus why many of them are gambling….THANK YOU FOR THE GOOD ARTICLE

  54. Uzoma Nnamdi

    Never regretted signing up to your email list. Thank you Sir. I have been practicing a strategy, I hold trades for over a week, I don’t trade much this days. But I deviated from that way I have been trading for a few months now and I paid dearly for it. Still trying to put up a plan but I no I’m going in the right direction. Trading is not easy but I love it and will put everything to succeed

  55. John

    Some home truths here… Thanks for the kick up the rear!

  56. Amos Lawrence

    thanks for strong words of encouragement, honesty I want trading, not for quick money but for freedom of life, work for myself, work everywhere I want to.once again thanks

    • Jona

      Thanks nial for the advice, I deserve to be successful trader by putting more effort and working hard

  57. Vasco

    I like ur post. Thank u very much.

  58. Nazmul Hasan

    Thank you nail. Excellent Article for Forex Traders.

    • Elijah Babaniyi

      Thanks for this. It’s a revelation


    Every single word is important, you are one of the very little honest people I have seen, I am subscribing to your website soon. Thanks very much Nial.

  60. rossen dimitrov

    Thanks you are the supermaster of motivation best regsrds rossen dimitrov

  61. Khai

    Thanks me later

  62. Michael Knight

    Perfect article for anybody struggling with ANY aspect of their lives. Thank you Nial.

  63. Robert Nilsson

    Thanks, very interesting and educational article as usual.

  64. Igbo Goodnews

    I must say am always filled with happiness each time ur email pops up on my phone, Your articles are so true. Thanks very much Sir for your time. I wonder how lovely and interesting your course will be now that your articles alone are saying what should be in a trading course. I can’t wait to access it. Thanks once again for everything

  65. George Madrara

    I absolutely agree with you that if you can’t invest time to get the knowledge and skills required to be a successful trader,then you’re a gambler. The results are not immediate and therefore discipline ,patience and persistence is required. Thanks for the insightful article in the blog.

  66. Dmitriy

    Hi, Nial!
    Thank you for this great article.
    For me it’s a mix with motivation for continue my learning process in trading and rising of awareness.
    While reading this text I opened Excel and calculate my financial goals for answer the question “why I want to trade in a proper way and make consistent profits in the market”.
    This is a main indicator about usefulness of this article.
    Thank you!
    Best regards, Dmitriy

  67. Dennis

    I love and agree with the general, if you do not put in the time, how can you expect the reward. I have this idea that has come up by me a while ago, that says, I cannot be, what I have not become. I cannot be successful, if I have not disciplined myself to become successful.

  68. WL Taba

    Thank you Nial, this article really refreshes me up to do what it takes to deserve to be a successful trader.

    • Scott

      Completely agreed every aspiring trader needs to read this ????????

  69. steenkamp

    Great stuff Nial.
    I don’t know why it took so long but it seems I have finally accumulated the basic knowledge and patience to start making some money.
    Your article is very inspirational and I am looking forward to a better future.
    Kind regards

  70. John McKenzie

    all so very true, Nial

    • Maxwell Mhaka

      Excellent article Nial, you’ve always taught about the dangers of intra day trading and the beauty of trading as a sniper rather than as a machine gunner. Very inspiring and insightful stuff. Thanks for this wonderful post and may God bless you.

  71. Rahwa

    Thank you Nial. Your articles are GOLD MINE. It only to dig and be profitable.Nial! I am still strugling to be a profitable trader, but I am 100% certain in the near future I will be successful trader, because of you. May God bless you and your whole family.

  72. Lena

    Suddenly I realised ,that I’m reading your article at seven o’clock on Sunday morning ;P I guess my thirst for knowledge must be pretty unqunchable ;D Thank you

    • Dmitriy

      I admire such people as you)
      That’s what I call “the will to knowledges”!

  73. Peter

    I look forward to improving my trading habits

  74. Zinnur

    Excellent lesson. Thanks