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Automated Trading and Happiness

Can Automated Trading really create happiness? Can money make us happy?

Sorry to say it, but I think the answer to both is no. Yes, Automated Trading can help us do better in life, and make it possible to achieve financial freedom sooner. And, I don’t know if more money will really make anyone happier.

Blasphemy? Definitely for the gambling industry. And maybe even for the investing industry, it seems. But it’s true. More money will not make people happier. Most lottery winners are poorer 5 years after they get their big win. And more miserable as well. Don’t believe me? Read about the lottery and the guy who won the biggest jackpot in history.

Because more money will not make us anything different than what we are now. If we are not happy now, more money will not make us more happy. It only makes us more of what we already are. If we are dissatisfied with our life, more money will make us more dissatisfied. If we are drinking too much now, more money will only help us drink more.

So how will Automated Trading help us?

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Automated Trading and Life

Many people think that Automated Trading could be the answer to all of their financial problems. We are big believers in the technology, and think that it will revolutionize the world. And, we also believe that even if it solves people’s financial problems, that is not enough. Because solving problems alone is not a solution to life; it is merely a means to finding our own life’s purpose.

Most people hate their problems. They spend all day thinking about them and wishing that they were gone. The funny (?) thing about problems is that as soon as we solve a problem, it is replaced by another problem.

What am I talking about?

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Secret #2: The School System is Designed to Create Employees, not to Educate

Ever feel like you are working in a factory, like a robot? There is a good reason for it. The American school system was developed during this century to create a large supply of factory workers. These workers were given repetitive, mindless work and taught not to ask questions. “Managers” were supposed to keep the workers busy.

How times change. But only a little. Nearly all the factory work has been exported to other counties, where the cost of labor is a small fraction of what it is in the U.S. However, what has not changed is the factory worker mentality. Good employees are supposed to stay in their cubicle and not ask questions. They do exactly what they are told to do, and nothing more. This keeps the person above them comfortable in knowing that their underling will not try to take their job.

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Learn from Someone Successful: How to Start Your Own Business

One of the main themes of the Online Investing AI blog is creating financial freedom. And one of the best ways of doing that is through starting and building your own business. The challenge is that most people have no idea how to do it. So how is it possible to succeed in building your own business, when we don’t even know where to start?

Easy. Follow the footsteps of someone who’s gone there before. One of my favorite blogs is called “My Wife Quit Her Job.” It’s the story of a couple, who one day decided to stop wasting time, do what has to be done, and escape from cubicle prison. At least the wife has so far. But I’ll bet Steve is not far behind.

This is a wonderful blog, because it actually tells you some of the strategies that they used to succeed. There are many posts about specific problems that Steve and his wife encountered and how they overcame them. For example, for the first month that their online store was open, they had exactly zero sales! The powerful lesson is that just because you don’t sell anything in the first month does not mean that you failed. It just means you’re getting started!

One of the challenges with blogs is that there are too many of them. There are so many that it’s hard to find ones that I really enjoy. It’s great to read Steve and his wife’s blog, because not only is it entertaining but also is highly educational.


The Magic of The Secret

One of the best and most fascinating tools for growth of all time is The Secret DVD. It came out of nowhere and became the number one selling DVD, of all DVDs on Amazon.com. No one imagined the incredible success and paradigm changing vision that the secret would create.

Many people love to talk trash about The Secret. They say that it’s a bunch of BS and that wishing won’t get you anything. It’s true that wishing won’t get you where you want to go. But The Secret does not advocate just wishing.

The idea behind The Secret is that once we know exactly what we want, it will show up in our lives. It says that if you can get crystal clear on what you want in your life, you can have it. But you have to take action. You have to go outside, talk to people, launch a blog, start a business, and do other things and make an effort to for it to happen.

The magic is that it will happen for you in a way that you could not imagine. You ask one person, and they say no. But then you meet someone else, “by chance”, and they say yes. If you think about it, this kind of thing happens to us all the time. The difference is that if we’re looking for what we want, we find it.

People have a good reason for feeling a bit resistant to the magic of The Secret. They don’t want to be disappointed. As a human being with emotions, it’s perfectly natural for us not to want to feel disappointed. Perhaps part of the growth process is learning to tame our disappointment, and learn to trust more. Maybe we just need to trust that everything will work out for the best. We simply don’t know exactly how it will work out for the best.


The Wisdom of Youth

I was talking to one of my friends at dance class the other day, and I asked her, “How old do you think kids should be when they start taking dance class?”

She replied confidently. “Well, I was four when I started, but I wish I had started sooner.” And I thought, “Wow, isn’t that smart. She’s only eight years old, but she has more wisdom than most adults.” She knows where she wants to go, and is thinking about how she can get there.

And I think this is often the case. So-called grown-ups love to discount the ideas and opinions of children, but children usually have better ideas than adults. How is this possible?

It’s because the children have not been subject to all the destructive, middle-class producing, negative, and average information that adults are bombarded with. Children are smart enough not to understand what they’re talking about on talk radio and are not interested in “important” things like news. Their pure minds and spiritual beings are unadulterated by society, and their creativity and intuition is virgin and limitless.

Children have a completely different paradigm of life. They spend almost every day going to school, learning new things, and growing, both physically and mentally. Most grown-ups just go to work, wait until they get to go home, and so they can relax and crack open a cold one. In the process, they learn and grow as little as possible.

A wise man once said, “When you stop growing, you start dying.” And I think it’s true. We always want to be growing and learning and doing better in life, just like an eight-year-old in class. If we all learn and grow a little bit each day, our future can be just as wonderful and exciting as we dream it to be.


How was 2008 for You?

Did you have a wonderful 2008? Did you take steps to achieve your dreams? Did you come any closer to being where you wanted in any way?

If you’re like 95% of most Americans, the answer is a disappointing “no”. Most people spend their whole lives going to work and watching TV, and never make any real progress to going where they really want to go most. It seems a bit of a waste, a bit sad, to live in the best country in the world and see people waiting to die, stuck in an office cubicle cell.

So what’s the solution? One of the goals of this blog is to help people find solutions to improve their life. Today’s solution is a wonderful post by Tim Ferris, of 4-Hour Workweek fame.

Have you read The 4-Hour Workweek? It’s a wonderful book that we highly recommend. It gives you step-by-step strategies to reduce the 40, 60 or 80 hour workweek to just four hours. Impossible you say? Many people love to judge without really knowing. I hallucinate most of the people who say it won’t work didn’t even bother to read it.

So what does this mean for you? It’s only two weeks into 2009, and we’re just getting started. If you’ve already abandoned your new years resolutions and wonder what happened, then make 2009 different and better! I suggest you do something different. And a great thing to do is to read this book. You can check out his blog and see all the wonderful ideas he has to achieve anything in this short life.


The Ultimate Success Process

Many Americans believe that these are tough times. People think that it’s difficult to get rich, lose weight, find the ultimate mate, or be happy. I humbly suggest to you that it’s not nearly as difficult as people make it out to be. They just haven’t used The Ultimate Success Process.

The Ultimate Success Process is just a step-by-step method of succeeding at anything. It’s general enough to work in any area of our lives, and it’s powerful enough to help you achieve anything. Don’t believe me? Then give it a try.

Here it is:

  1. Choose What You Want. No one succeeds at anything unless they have a crystal-clear idea of exactly what they want.
  2. Take Action! Nothing gets done by sitting around, talking about it, thinking about it, or watching TV. To make any progress, we need to take action.
  3. Measure Results. See if what you are doing is working. Are you moving towards your destination?
  4. Adjust Strategy. Choose new actions and strategy based on what you learned in the previous step. Do more of what’s working. Stop doing whatever is not working.
  5. Go to Step 2. Now continue the process, improving as you go along.

It sounds stupid and simplistic, but it works. And if you look around at most of the people around you, you’ll probably notice that nobody is using it. Think it might work? Give it a try!


Success is Optional

My last few posts were a bit negative in tone, so today’s post is positive. It is about achieving all of your hopes and dreams, in every aspect of your life.

Ferrari FXX

Even if your dreams are not about cars!

Here’s my point. Its a free country. We are all free to make our choices to make our lives exactly the way we choose. We are not in Iran. We are not in Cuba. We are in America.

But we will only succeed as much as our choices allow us to succeed. Many people blame other people for their status in life. They blame their parents, their boss, their husband or wife, the economy and the weather. But none of those external forces have any real effect on how our lives turn out.

They may have an effect in the short term. We may have a boss that is a pain in the butt, and the weather may be rainy or hot. But we can always change jobs. We can always change where we live. If we like rain, we can go to Seattle. If we like sun, we can go to Arizona. Its our choice.

The same is true for our finances. Many people go through their lives without even really thinking about their finances. They say, “I hope I can retire before the age of 65.” Or, “I really should save some money for retirement.” I have to be the one to break it to you, but none of these ideas will lead anywhere that you want to go. Because they are merely vague wishes. And vague wishes are completely useless.

So, what’s the solution? The first step is to decide exactly what we want. How much money? How many cars? How big a house? How happy we are each day? The first step is to decide the details of what we really want. And, as we move away from vague wishes, we move toward a crystal clear image of exactly where we want to go.

So, if you were to decide right now, which car would you like most? Where would you like to live? How would you spend your days?