Why People Discourage Others from Trading
When people tell you that you can’t do something, what they’re really telling you is that they think you can’t do it because they can’t do it. People aren’t going to do something, and they’d like to tell you the reasons you shouldn’t do it either.
If I was hopeless at math, does that mean others can’t master it? If someone fails at programming, does it mean others can’t do it? If you failed at any challenging endeavor, does that mean others will fail if they try the same thing?
I remember a tale from “Baro-san” (of Elitetrader):
Driven by hunger, a fox tried to reach some grapes hanging high on the vine but was unable to, although he leaped with all his strength. As he went away, the fox remarked 'Oh, you aren't even ripe yet! I don't need any sour grapes.' People who speak disparagingly of things that they cannot attain would do well to apply this story to themselves.