You must do the things you think you cannot do.

- Eleanor Roosevelt

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Dr. Rotella and a sport I've only played twice

Gotta love Don Miller's top three favorite books. The first two don't contain the word trading within their pages. The last one is one of Dr. Brett Steenbarger's (of Trader Feed). I've mentioned one of Don Miller's favorite books, The Tao of Poker, which I heard of by reading Miller's blog circa 2008. And, I find Dr. Steenbarger's writings extremely helpful.

Anyway, I had never read the other book that he recommends. Quite frankly, I didn't think it would help me much because it is about golf. However, before I started playing poker in early '09, I didn't think The Tao of Poker would have anything to teach me about trading. I am surprised at how much I have learned about trading and myself by playing poker.

Well, this morning I listened to the audio book of Golf is Not a Game of Perfect by Dr. Bob Rotella. I haven't played more than two rounds of golf in my life. They weren't even the full 18 holes (I was fairly young). Despite that, I can see why Don Miller recommends this classic. Nearly everything in here is applicable to trading and any endeavor in life.

I'll post a little more about Dr. Rotella and Dr. Steenbarger when I've formulated my reactions to this title. I just thought I'd encourage others to pick it up, especially if they you ignoring it due to "golf" being in the title. This isn't a "golf" book, per se; it is far more than that. A true gem.


  1. Perhaps its the late hour or the inebriation talking but life is full of instances such as this.....

    Examples in solo sport endeavors tennis or golf or squash or track and field and perhaps most famously in cycling....

    Its un original and plagiarized but life is a beautiful, ironic and sad (?) example of trading...

    Does that make any sense?

  2. No, I think you're right. At least, I agree. I find examples all the time. I've been running regularly for the last year, and I connect it to trading and vice versa.

    Thanks for commenting Sandy, love your blog! :)