I’m not sure if you’d call it lying… or simply no disclosing the full truth.
See, I’m not the Wall Street fat cat I portray daily to my 71,891 Facebook friends.
I’m not rich and I’m certainly not the best trader on Wall Street.
Weighed down by a mortgage, student loans, car loans, personal loans, a home equity loan and more, I was honestly living paycheck to paycheck.
Before I left public schools in 2011 I remember teaching all day, coaching varsity boys and girls cross country, supervising the districts high school football game and as embarrassing as it is to share, when everyone left including the other supervisors, (my colleagues) I’d pick soda cans out of the garbage cans and return them to Wegmans to put gas in my car.
Here I am with a Masters in Education, working 3 jobs and picking cans. I’ll be honest, it wasn’t what I had in mind, but it was my reality.
I hit a low when I called my wife one Friday night after supervising a high school football to come help me collect the cans, she was stung by a bee.
I remember her saying, “Jay, what the &^%$ are we doing!” I knew that that meant, every husband knows what that means. I love my wife, I was letting her down.
So I started serving tables at Empire Brewery whenever I could in addition to teaching, coaching and supervising events. They were training me to be a bartender until one day I showed up to work and the doors were chained, closed up and hit hard apparently by Eastman Kodak’s failing business.
I had about half a dozen businesses fail and fell sucker to a few pyramid scams including Amway’s Quixtar.
I remember returning a used Brita water filter and VCR to the store to make the mortgage, I lied about not using them, I am sorry for lying about that.
During that time I taught myself how to trade penny stocks. This was actually one of my better ideas when you consider 10% on a $5,000 account is $500. Maybe you’re not aware but teachers in NYS make about $150 / day after taxes. Think of how many cans you’d have to dig out of bee invested garbage cans to make $500.
Don’t ask me where I got the $5,000. It’s horrible. I took a personal loan from the credit union. That story deserves a full blog so I’m not going to start in. All I will say is DO NOT DO THAT! Trust me. If your going to trade, do it with money you’ve made in your profession, I was gambling but didn’t know better at the time. Okay I’m lying, again, I did know better but I made a mistake.
So there you have it. I’m not the Wall Street fat cat I make myself out to look like. I’m a regular guy who was recently broke. I failed at a number of businesses and picked cans out of garbage cans to fill my gas tank.
But through all that I never gave up. I taught myself to trade and make money with money. Trust me, if you ever ran a roofing business in the summer like I did, you’ll fully appreciate that statement.
I paid off all my debt following Dave Ramsey’s plan.
Shortly after that I woke up one morning and told my wife I’d like to take a break from teaching in public schools and teach on Wall Street instead. She put her faith in me which brings me to today, about 2-years later.
Being an entrepreneur is stressful, I eat what I kill. The first year after I left safe and secure teaching in public schools I had regular panic attacks in the middle of the night where I’d wake up, grab my wife’s arm and tell here I was dying of a heart attack. Being in business for yourself isn’t as easy as you’d think. My favorite blogger, James Altucher explains this better… it’s a good read.
No I’m not on ‘Wall Street’ per say, I teach from home using a state of the art web conferencing software which includes voice, screen share, PowerPoint etc… I also use email, text and my blog.
I’m doing the same thing as I did when I was teaching in public schools, the only difference is my audience is no longer children, it’s adults with much deeper pockets who are willing to pay for a strategy that works and helps them. Until you’ve ever run a service, it’s hard to understand how good it feels to earn a strangers trust, respect and teach them how to make money using your strategy.
Take for example this guy, this guy deserves a steak and a beer when I meet him.
I now have clients in more countries than I can name. My classroom has gone from 50 children to thousands of adults. With success has come criticism. People call me a fraud, a fake and a scam. A lot of people who don’t know me write nasty things about me on the Internet. I’d be lying, again, if I said it didn’t hurt my feelings.
Why did this work and my roofing business fail? Because I combined my love for teaching in public schools with a stock trading strategy that works. Add in some hard work and a MUCH bigger audience and there’s a recipe for success. That’s it! I’m the same guy who picked cans out of a garbage can just a few short years ago and not the Wall Street fat cat I’ve been pretending to be.
Yesterday I made $1,404 swing trading part time. Today I made $2,124 doing the same thing or as I like to call it, rinse and repeat. Yes, my strategy is that good… that I’m not lying about. Am I getting rich, no. Will you get rich trading, no. It’s not about getting rich to me and I don’t think it is for my clients either. It’s about the FREEDOM it affords you. Do I have losses, oh my goodness yes. But does a baseball batter swing and miss? A good hitter in the MLB gets a hit 3 out of every 10 at bats.
As mentioned above, I teach trading. In 2013 I’m hitting 7.4 out of every 10 trades or to be exact, 55 wins and 19 losses or 74.32%. The portfolio is up 26% in just over 3-months or $84,104 swing trading part time.
The reason I’ve found success is because I’m committed to teaching how I make money with money. In an industry riddled with frauds and expensive strategies, my simple approach to beating Wall Street has attracted thousands. So was I lying, or just playing the part? At the end of the day it’s your call, but what you just read is the truth and I plan to just build on that from here.
If you’re reading this, I feel blessed to have your time. Existing client or soon to be client… Namaste.