Aristotle said excellence is not an act, but a habit.
What he was telling us is that excellence does not begin fully formed, but builds over time through habit. Excellence does not start excellent.
Dream big, but start small.
At the beginning of the year I told a skeptical friend that by year end I would do 300 pushups without stopping.
He shook his head and said “nope”, so I decided to prove him wrong.
As a symbol and to get me started on a routine, I did one pushup (one armed Rocky style).
I woke up on day two and did 10.
I decided I would add only 1 or 2 everyday the second I woke up.
As of March 18th I am currently at 112 pushups and a habit has formed.
This new habit is leading me to my goal of excellence.
Aristotle would be proud.
Leave a comment if you can see how this related to trading.