Trading Rules from the Marines

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I look at charts so often, I usually have to have something on in the background to keep the rest of my brain from rioting. Typically, that "something" is usually a movie or some music, and today I put in Full Metal Jacket (which, like most of my DVDs, I've seen many times).

Semi-watching the movie made me curious about the Marines, and I found this really interesting code of principals, which I've put below. It's an impressive list, and I think every element shown here is relevant to trading. Please read it:

Uprightness of character and soundness of moral principle. Absolute truthfulness and honesty.

Acquired information, including professional knowledge and understanding of your Marines.

A mental quality that recognizes fear of danger or criticism, but enables a Marine to proceed in the face of it with calmness and firmness.

Ability to reach decisions promptly and to announce them in a clear, forceful manner.

The certainty of the proper performance of duty.

Seeing what has to be done and commencing a course of action, even in the absence of orders.

The ability to deal with others without creating offense.

The quality of being impartial and consistent in exercising command.

The display of sincere interest and exuberance in the performance of duty.

Creating a favorable impression in carriage, appearance, and personal conduct at all times.

The mental and physical stamina measured by the ability to stand pain, fatigue, distress, and hardship.

Avoidance of providing for ones comfort and personal advancement at the expense of others.

The faithfulness to country, Corps, unit, and to your seniors and subordinates.

The quality of weighing facts and possible solutions on which to base a sound decision.

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