Burning Desire For Success….

Napoleon Hill wrote “Desire: The Starting Point of all Achievement, The First Step toward Riches”.

In 1519, the Spanish explorer and conquistador Hernando Cortez decided that he wanted to seize treasure the Aztecs had hoarded.  He took over 500 soldiers and 100 sailors and landed his 11 ships on the shores of the Yucatan. Despite the large army under his command, he was still vastly outnumbered by a huge and powerful empire that had been around for 600+ years.

Some of his men were unconvinced of success, and being loyal to Cuba, they tried to seize some ships to escape to there. Cortez got wind of the plot, and captured the ringleaders. He wanted to make sure that the remainder of his men were completely committed to his mission and quest for riches, so he did something that seemed completely insane to his people:  Cortez gave the order to scuttle his own ships – And a Burning Desire was born…


I just wanted to share this with you as I think it highlights the point quite well.

Having that kind of burning desire and will to succeed is a hugely important key to success in any field, most of all trading Betfair.

To succeed it requires you to carry on in the dark as it were, with limited help blindly exploring new avenues of potential success with no guaranteed pay-off!

The best part about this though, is not all that many see it through to the end meaning the pay-off can be huge.

Just this week I’ve managed to re-kindle the desire to increase my results. I’ve spent quite a few hours outside of trading reading various bits of information and looking at recordings of the markets, it’s definitely increased my motivation for trading so hopefully it’ll increase the profits too!… then I can’t have even more time away.

You may have seen the video clip I posted up to Twitter & Facebook earlier in the week.

Finally one of the lads I went to France with in March released an edit of his GoPro footage (I think I’ll have to get one of these).

Looking back at it I can’t wait to book another, in fact I think I will very soon as I’d been thinking about it anyway. Snowboarding is loads of fun, I’d urge anyone to go! Also some good exercise too… especially if you’re a master of stacking it! (you’ll see I am). I can tell you the high-speed tumble at 1.24 along with 5.55 and 8.39 really left me thinking I should calm down but hey what’s the point in all this working and earning if you don’t enjoy yourself!

Looking back at the clip it reminded me of a couple of things which are possibly just behavioural things that I’d say relate to trading – If you’re forever looking at the floor or where you might crash, into that tree etc its bizarre how you seemingly end up where you’re looking?! A bit like those people who always look to the negative in everything… they don’t often ‘getting lucky’ or having things go their way it seems. So much like looking at the snow and ending up face first in it the profit and loss on the ladders in the market are quite similar I think – what do you focus on? the profit or loss? Just a thought…

I really can’t wait to go again now, if anyone has any suggestions of good places to go snowboarding feel free to comment! Conditions were really quite good when I went for the first time so if I can find somewhere with waist deep powdery snow again it’d be great!

4 thoughts on “Burning Desire For Success….

  1. Caan,

    Check out Val Thorens for skiing, awesome place, great slopes and loads of good bars as well. La Folie Douche, check it out!

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