You can tell this because I feel bad that I have offended a fellow trader.
I tried to pretend that I didn't feel bad by bolding stating "too bad" on MBA's blog. But after another day of introspection my Canadianess feels bad for offending YM.
I offended him with this statement:
"Discretionary trading is charity work. You just give it all away."
YM must be a successful discretionary trader. Upon further review I had to admit I wasn't even really sure what a discretionary trader is. I mean how do you define it?
They trade by feel?
Must be price action, yes?
Maybe another successful discretionary trader can tell me. YM won't because he no longer reads "trading bloggers".
The statement was meant to be funny, also true in my experience, but mostly fuuny. I thought it was funny. For the most part the blog is meant to be funny.
If it isn't funny don't tell me.
YM didn't think it was funny.
We work in a solitary business, the trading floors are no longer required, but maybe the camaraderie of the floor is?
Some contact with humans who share the same interests and the same struggles must be good for the soul.
I enjoy what I do, I enjoy reading about it, talking about it, writing about it, and I enjoy hearing back from those who read my thoughts.
I think laughter is required for life to exist.
It's also good for business.
“Good moods, while they last, enhance the ability to think flexibly and with more complexity, thus making it easier to find solutions to problems, whether intellectual or interpersonal. This suggests that one way to help someone think through a problem is to tell them a joke. Laughing, like elation, seems to help people think more broadly and associate more freely, noticing relationships that might have eluded them otherwise – a mental skill important not just in creativity, but in recognizing complex relationships and foreseeing the consequences of a given decision”.
Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence
To sum up, we Canadians are very nice, we don't like to offend anyone, but we do have a breaking point.