You probably style yourself a shark. Be a fisherman instead.

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There’s nothing quite like the feeling of a fish on the line, the sun glinting off the water, the aroma-laden wind in your hair.

I love fishing.

Especially river fishing. And particularly in a kayak.

And while you wouldn’t think that shared anything in common with another interest of mine — trading, specifically forex — there is actually a lot of crossover. How should you look at trading like a fisherman looks at the water?

You need to understand the place you’re fishing. I grew up on a river, so that was my natural inclination when it came to fishing…

One essential step separates the pro from the pinhead

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“So I’m jumping over a ravine on my dirt bike tomorrow.”

“Really? That seems…rash?”

“Eh, I’ve got a good feeling about it.”

“Okay…but what if you’re wrong and you hurt yourself? You’ve got insurance, right?”

“Nah, that’s a sure way to lose money. If I get hurt, I’ll heal up eventually.”

On a scale from one to ten, how reasonable is this person? Exactly. As preposterous as this conversation sounds, though, there’s a real world equivalent in trading:

People who don’t use stop losses.

I trade forex, and you see it all the time in trading forums:

“I don’t use…

…and we’ll be battling this sociopolitical Hydra for years.

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One way or another, Donald Trump is entering forced retirement soon. His brand, however — which has morphed from gaudy gold to a toxic sludge — will unfortunately remain. Recent events are the result of the political and societal ills he has been tending fire under for the better part of a decade (or longer, depending on how you look at it), so it is rather unreasonable to expect they will quietly recede into the past once he takes his leave.

It’s important we marginalize the elements that culminated in the disorder that’s broken out in earnest of late. The…

The senator gambled his career and lost. It’s time to go.

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The gambit was high stakes.

As it became clear there was a groundswell of support on the House side of Congress among Republican members to challenge the results of the Electoral College in key states, attention shifted to the Senate. House members would need a senator to sign onto their objections in order to advance them.

Speculation drifted. If indeed anyone was willing to ‘go there,’ who would run point? Would it be Ted Cruz, seeking to cement his apologetics for his abusive messiah? Would it be Ron Johnson, seeking to add another wild-eyed accusation to his expanding portfolio? …

Building a solid foundation for profits in the market

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If you’re like me, you’ve been looking for a powerful tool to help you dominate the Forex market, set you up to make consistent profits, and build your account balance month after month. After years of painstaking research, I’ve determined what this ultimate tool is:

Your mind.

I can hear you groaning from here.

But trust me — having a mind steeled against the rigors of the live Forex market is the basis for every trading system. To master the charts, you must first master yourself. So, as someone who’s been involved in this space to varying extents since 2013…

I think so — but the case is increasingly hard to make

“Seek Truth with humility,” I implored my police academy classmates at our graduation. I now make the same plea to officers everywhere.

My steps were uncertain, my feelings of being an impostor strong as I crossed the parking lot and ascended the steps into the training building. My police recruit uniform was stiff and starched, hair shorn short, combat boots buffed to a high shine.

With a deep breath I plunged through the doorway into the instruction room, joining twenty others, with whom I shared the distinction of having this be the first day of a new existence — a watershed moment in all of our lives, shared communally. …

Does your faith inform your politics, or do your politics skew your faith?

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“For now, evangelicals need to ask themselves whether Trump’s brashness is enough to make them overlook many of the values they hold most dear. If they don’t choose carefully, then after the Republican National Convention, they may find that they got what they wanted but no longer want what they’ve got.”

— Johnathan Merritt, September 3, 2015

“But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the…

Your parenting bricks will be straighter if you get the base right.

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“Dash blash labba dunlap!”

The baby monitor has spoken. My toddler is awake.Thus begins our parenting day. There are feeds and a sendoff as Mama goes to work, dance parties in the living room, baby parkour exhibitions on the sectional, frenzied chores with a baby monitor on my hip, pleadings for focus at mealtimes, alternately protecting dogs and toddler from the other’s excessive exuberance, efforts to diaper the twenty pound flopping fish that looks strikingly like my little girl on the change table.

And as one such day melts into another, it’s easy to lose the forest for the trees.

Talking to people through the coronavirus and beyond

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As I write, coronavirus is wreaking havoc across the globe, and I’m seeing companies large and small communicating about it with mixed results. As I think back on my time in the nonprofit sector, I want to provide those in the professional world with some things to think about as you craft your communications — not just now, but in any time of crisis.

Clearly State Upfront What You’re Talking About

In the present case, the technical name of the virus in question is “SARS-CoV-2.” However, this is a case when it’s not prudent to strive for being technically correct. Given an outbreak in years prior was…

R. Justin Freeman

An American in Canada, looking over his shoulder. Politics, culture, finance, parenting, and more.

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