QUESTION – Thank you for taking the time to participate in the Q & A session. Before we start in detail. Would you like to share with everyone who may not know, who you are, where you live and what is your current occupation or student status is?
GASPAR: My name is Gaspar. I am currently I’m living in south Mexico, it’s very nice tropical weather all year around and it’s the safest place in the country to be living in, I’m currently in my 3rd year of college getting a degree in accounting and finance.
QUESTION – Do you trade full-time, part-time.
GASPAR: I trade full time since my school hours are now in the evening. I trade one options strategy in the SPY ETF with a weekly outlook and day trade futures in the Emini S&P 500.
QUESTION – What our your goals and ambitions as a trader, career and personal life?
GASPAR: I want to be a full time trader and hopefully manage money for clients eventually moving to the USA.
QUESTION- How would you describe what makes a successful trader. Good traits, bad traits?
GASPAR: Successful trading requires a lot of discipline, focus on what you are doing, mindfulness, you can’t become complacent in any situation and always be with the guard up, being creative and able to evolve is key.
QUESTION : We understand from your Twitter feed you are now into weight lifting, any other hobbies outside of trading?
GASPAR:I started a weight loss program about 2 years ago have since lost more than 80lb and now I am lifting weights to gain muscle mass. Taking care of the body is important since it’s the vessel that helps you achieve your goals, training the mind to be stronger and push trough hard situations, I used to play video games but I have stoped doing that since it’s extensively time consuming. I would say my hobby is watching basketball. I like teams such as the Houston Rockets, Lakers, Clippers and Mavericks.
QUESTION – Do you have a mentor in trading? What role do you feel a mentor and being part of a trading community in your learning and success?
GASPAR: I never had a real mentor before JJ @Vwaptrader1 at Microefutures.com Educational Trading Room. I would say learning from someone who has done it for a long time is a key advantage in speeding up your learning curve especially when you have most of the technical stuff down and you need to develop your execution to achieve your goals.
QUESTION – Outside of your career & trading, what are some of your hobbies? How do you escape from the real world during these crazy times?
GASPAR: Well I loved to spend time with my friends, go to parties, and the beach. Since all of that has been impossible for the last 5 months or more, I have now just put more focus on my new healthy life style, keeping track of all the nutrients and supplements I eat and working out, lifting, biking and taking my dog on walks in open air. It helps clear the mind and balance out the adrenaline one can build up while day trading.
QUESTION – If you could meet and hang out with any trader(s) out on the town, who would it be and why?
GASPAR: I would have dinner with JJ and other guys in the microefutures room. I like that everybody is older than me (I’m 21). I get a lot of knowledge from them, not only about trading but also in life. I would also like to meet Tic Toc Tick in person I have followed him for 2 years and think he is very talented and funny.
QUESTION – When you have lost your mojo or focus , what do you do to get back on track?
GASPAR: I don’t like going back and studying since I already have a very good solid understanding of the mechanics and I feel that doing that just overloads you more. I like to distance myself from trading for a couple of days and get my head right. I do some other stuff, build up some confidence, and then come back and keep at it with a good attitude.
QUESTION – If you could have a big billboard with your favorite saying or message on it, what would it be.
GASPAR: “A investment in knowledge always pays the best dividends”
QUESTION- Thank you for taking the time for this interview. How can our readers contact you, including on social media. And is there anything else you like for our readers to know about you?
GASPAR: I have sacrificed a lot of time hanging with friends and going to parties. My first 2 years of trading, I would stay up all weekend watching replays, reading charts, going over what I did wrong during that week, and really train intensely. I’m a very intense person, I don’t like things done mediocrely. I like being the best, I like being proficient, and that takes a lot of effort. It’s not going to come from a book or a couple of hours of videos on YouTube. You really have to train like an all star sports player. We play a performance game and we can always get better. That’s what I love from trading; it’s a place where I can take myself to the limit and push myself everyday to be the best I can be. The score (money) is just there to confirm I’m training hard and working hard, that’s what I love. I hate seeing people come in and just ask for stuff black and white and act like they know all the answers. I automatically know that trader still has a couple years and bad stories before the start to get a grasp for the game.
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