Betfair Trading – What’s Holding You Back?

Betfair Trading – What’s Holding You Back?

There is a lot of information about Betfair trading out there but from what I have seen very few people have ever focussed on what matters most – YOU!

Your learning needs to incorporate you.

Let’s give some examples of what can hold a trader back and then some advice on how to correct this:

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1. Lack of confidence

Confidence ultimately comes from feelings within us as to whether we believe we can do something.

It is perfectly normal and sensible that you should have a fairly low level of confidence at the start of your trading journey.

You are entering into the unknown and it is safer to start from this position than being over confident and risking big amounts trading before you are truly ready.

I say you should embrace this feeling and study, test and build your knowledge so that your confidence improves over time.

Very low confidence usually stems from overstaking, why not reduce or remove stakes and build slowly from there.

2. Lack of time

I’ve talked about this in the past, so I won’t labour the point but I believe 95% of people who really want to can find 7-14 hours a week to start to learn trading.

Now for the 5% who simply have no time no matter what they do then that is unfortunate but 95% of people do have that amount of free time at least.

Let’s take 7 hours a week for example, to find that time I would need to watch one less Netflix episode a day or maybe cut out some of my computer games time.

Maybe I wake up an hour earlier in the day or maybe I relax my hobbies a touch.

If you really want to most people can find a way to do this, it’s really more a question of how much do you want to trade on Betfair in your free time?

3. Lack of patience

Why are so many Betfair traders in such a rush?

I’ve been a pro trader for nearly a decade and sometimes I miss the days when I was doing my apprenticeship, grinding out the hours to learn how to trade properly.

They journey is half the fun and the people you will chat to on the forum will be friends for life but so many people try to bypass this stage and just want to go pro straight away.

No only is that highly unrealistic but it is also impractical.

You want the tough journey times to make yourself a better trader and to be able to handle bad runs when they come.

As Aerosmith said ‘Life’s a journey, not a destination’.

4. Family/Social Life –

If you have been trading on Betfair for a while you have probably had to explain what you do to someone are doing.

It can be a labourious task, some people just don’t get it do they?!

Family can get in the way but it is important to tell them what you are doing and why, if you keep them in the loop they will likely be much more understanding.

My wife wasn’t particularly keen to know that I was a professional trader for a living but when I explained it all thoroughly she got it, it just takes some honesty and openness on your part.

5. Focussing on others trading ability –

Why is everyone so obsessed with comparing themselves to others?

Is this really how we want to value ourselves?

I know we are pressured into this by society and the media advertising how we must ‘keep up with the neighbours’ etc but the reality is that this does not matter as much as you may think.

I play tennis and am quite serious about it, however, if I compared myself to Roger Federer – well there is no chance I could ever get remotely close to that level of playing.

So if I’m concerned about others doing better than me by this logic I may as well pack the game in, hang up my racket and never step on a court again.

Stop worrying about how other traders are doing as it is a distraction.

All you need to do is set your own goals and work towards them.

The reality is that deep down the only thing holding any of us back is ourselves.

Don’t forget to look introspectively every now and then, see what your internal barriers are and most importantly –


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