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?
JORGE: Before I begin, I would like to thank you for this opportunity; I am truly grateful. My name is Jorge Salazar, and I am currently living in Ventura, California. I am member of the U.S Navy who has served close to 21 years and who is getting to ready to retire.
QUESTION – Do you trade full-time, part-time. What trading instrument and are you part of any Trading Community you like to share with our audience?
JORGE: I trade futures contracts primarily the micro ES. I am a part of a trading community called MicroEfutures. I have to say this is the best group of people I have come across in the trading world. As we all know there is no lack of trading rooms/communities out there. As a matter of fact, I have been part of a couple. But this one is different. It is lead by JJ who has this indescribable desire and passion to help other traders who have the desire to learn and work hard. When he interacts with you, you feel as if you are the only person in the room. It is all about education in there. You are almost guaranteed to walk away with a new piece of knowledge everyday you are in the room.
I need to mention all the wonderful traders in there too. We have some talented individuals in there who consistently help other traders. The support for one another feels like family. Trading is tough and can be lonely at times. Having people around you with a like minded mentality really helps in this journey. I could not do it alone.
QUESTION – What personal or professional failure/setback have you experienced in your life or professional career that has set you up for later success?
JORGE: This is a very good question and I was talking to my wife exactly about this subject. What has set me back in my professional career is the lack of believing in myself. I have put limitations on myself because I either thought I was not good enough or I was afraid of rejection and failure. Now that I have realized that and understand how it has affected me, I can use it to my advantage. Without any action you end up without any results. Not taking any risks because you want to protect your feelings, you will end up saying “what if”. I have decided that I will not be that person anymore and it is only pure growth from here on out.
QUESTION– How would you describe what makes a successful trader. Good traits, bad traits?
JORGE: What is helping me become a successful trader is my support system. My wife and family. They have been there my whole 21 years in the Navy and I would not be where I am today without them. The work ethic, passion, and discipline that I learned while in the service help in my trading as well. Now I have many things to work on. This is an ever-improving endeavor. Perhaps the hardest thing I have ever done. But I need to learn to be more patient and put aside my emotions.
QUESTION : What purchase of less than $100 have you made in the past year that you simple could not live without now?
JORGE: My music streaming subscription. I cannot live without music. Good times and bad times music has always been there for me.
QUESTION – What advice would you give to your younger self as it relates to your personal life. What about advice for your younger trading self?
JORGE: Believe in yourself and do not be afraid of failure. You will never truly know what you are capable of without discovery. The advice I would give to my younger trading self would be to focus on one trading instrument or stock. Learn its characteristics and get familiar with it before attempting to tackle multiple things at once.
QUESTION – Outside of your career * trading, what are some of your hobbies? How do you escape from the real world during these crazy times?
JORGE: Cycling, hiking, swimming, coffee roasting, working out, music and reading. Anything that gets me out of the house and around nature I am there. But my favorite thing to do from that list is cycling by far. To me there is no better feeling than the one I get after completing a 50 plus mile ride. It is only you and the road and there is no quitting.
QUESTION – Where do you see yourself in 5 years – then 10 years?
JORGE: I see myself having a successful micro-coffee roasting business. Coffee and trading make for a perfect combination. The first five years will focus on getting established locally and then years 6-10 move into the e-commerce space.
I also want to have an impactful role in the community I am going to be living in. This will be the first time I am going to be living in the same location for more than three years. I am a firm believer that to have a strong community you need to do your part. I want to give back wherever I can.
QUESTION – When you have lost your mojo or focus, what do you do to get back on track?
JORGE: I remove myself from whatever current environment I am in because if I do not, I tend to force things. Then I reach out to those who have helped me along this ride called life. Talking things out has always had its benefits, it provides me with a different perspective, or it identifies a small but important detail I might have been missing. Then being able to see things more clearly, I get back on the bicycle saddle.
QUESTION – If you could have a big billboard with your favorite saying or message on it, what would it be.
JORGE: “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent, and the choices that you make will shape your life forever.” -A Bronx Tale
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?
JORGE: Thank you! I am currently only active on Twitter where I go by @FunkTrader. The last thing would be that I love hip-hop and don’t forget to support your vets.
And feel free to join me in the microefutures.com trading room where I am a member.