The Greatest Traders all Share 5 Characteristics

updated on 24 January 2023

I've had extensive discussions with some of the greatest traders in the world. They all have these 5 characteristics: 


Discipline is the most important. Without it, you will not succeed. Without it, you will go a lifetime and never achieve your goals.

Discipline is knowing that the right thing is sometimes a tough decision.

And that means being optimistic that these tough decisions are worth it and will pay off.

Truly successful traders are disciplined in their approach and do the right thing, even when it’s hard.


Continuing to believe that there is a better future to invest in and invest for is the foundation of trading. 

When you experience a setback, the only thing that will get you back on your feet is being optimistic you will get through it.

You need to remain optimistic through the ups and downs and have confidence that there are better days coming. 

The ability to stay optimistic is a powerful tool.


Be confident in your skills and understand that you can succeed.

You have no control over the market but you do have control over how you trade and your mindset.

If you don't have confidence in yourself and what you are doing then you are wasting your time. 

The most successful traders are confident in their ability and trust themselves to make the right decisions.


Knowing how to read the market is the most important skill.

You need to have a good understanding of how everything works together. You need to fully understand the basics to be able to stand out in the crowd.

The crowd will focus on complexity and try to reinvent the wheel.

The best traders focus on simplicity and improve what is known. 

Evolve and refine existing strategies to make them more efficient.


Patience is a virtue, especially in trading. Searching for instant gratification causes you to trade even when you shouldn't.

Patience allows you to view things with clarity.

When you are patient you can see the big picture and identify when something just isn't right - whether it's you or the market.

The best traders always choose to be patient because it is the only way that you will survive in the long run. 

Putting it all together

While these traits require time and dedication to master, once internalized you can become a very profitable trader. It is important to always continue learning and advancing in the world of trading and learning from those who already have success is one of the best ways to do so.

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By understanding and practicing these 5 characteristics, you can become a successful trader.

With discipline, optimism, confidence, knowledge, and patience you will be well on your way to achieving your goals.

Good luck!

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