Is it against the law to cross the street against the light when there are no cars coming? Technically speaking yes. Steph knows a woman that crossed the street, when there was no cars coming but against the light. A traffic cop just so happened to come around the corner and see her do it. He gave her a $200 ticket. The woman scoffed at the idea of the ticket she felt was unnecessary and a joke. She blew it off! A notice in the mail came a couple months later telling her that since she ignored the fine it is now $400. She went to court and the judge reduced the amount to $300. Valuable lesson? Well for her, it was, because she got caught and she is now preaching up and down the street to everybody she knows to not j-walk.
Why is it that we have to learn the lesson the hard way? “Don’t touch the stove”; Mom and Dad shout, yet we still touch the stove. Don’t overspend and yet even our supposed role models in government ignore the signals.
I’m as guilty as the next person when it comes to no cars and crossing against a signal, especially when I am on a run. It breaks up the rhythm when you have to stop at the light and jog in place. But these moments that make you pause are actually life’s little gifts to get you to stop and slow down. Whats wrong with jogging in place for a couple of minutes to catch your breath. You still are going to run the distance you set out to run but come in a couple minutes slower. What is that two minutes going to do for you?
There is some lesson to learn when that moment hits. Stop and slow down. Stuck in a traffic jam maybe its time to turn on that self-help CD you bought last year and put in the player yet never listened to yet. Or maybe its a perfect chance to just sit in the car in silence and clear your head.
The problem with tweaking the rules or the law especially if you get away with it, you undoubtedly will do it again. People get a rush being a rebel and getting out ahead of everybody, even if it means doing it by bending the law. Is it ridiculous to wait in those moments at the street light with no cars. Some say yes and some say no. The punishment at one point may be that you get hit by a car as we wonder off and get caught up in our thoughts when crossing the street. I once woke a guy up who was just walking across the street and a driver on the phone didn’t see him. I yelled and the walker flinched and stopped as he noticed the car scream by leaving the pedestrian unharmed, startled and thankful. Careful what you think might be ridiculous!
Wait; am I talking about trading again. Of course! Why do we do things in the market that we didn’t want to do. Did the guy who just got missed being run over learn a lesson. Probably not. Do you as a trader who has gotten away with bending the rules learn a lesson. Probably not. Dont get run over and harm yourself physically and financially! Wake Up!
Whatever you decide to try; you can’t expect to win, if you don’t have a plan in place
Trade Strong!! Trade Smart!! and Always Have Enough to Trade Tomorrow!!