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The Part-Time Trader: Trading Stock as a Part-Time Venture, + Website by Ryan Mallory

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CHAPTER 13

What to Say and Do if Trading Becomes a Distraction

The last thing that you can afford to have happen as a trader is to allow your interest in the financial markets to be known among the colleagues that you work with. Being a distraction is bad—in fact, it is possibly catastrophic. That's right, “catastrophic” to your ability to successfully trade. If the boss man catches wind that even though you are successfully doing your job, you are also indulging yourself in part-time trading, then your trading will be done for. That is, unless he uses logic and reason in his thinking; then he might turn a blind eye since you get your work done and do a good job at it in the process.

However, if you suck at your job, forget about it! And if that is the case, you should not be reading this book in the first place. Instead, you should try to gain some respect for yourself in the workplace, not pick up an additional habit that will give boss man a reason to kick you to the curb. If you are not performing at the level you should be at your job, you can rest assured that the boss man is looking for any reason to lighten the company of the burden you have become to it.

Here's the big reason for your keeping your trading under wraps: Once the boss man realizes you have time to support a part-time trading endeavor, no matter how limited the time is dedicated to the craft, you are at risk of his assuming that you do not have enough work to do. Instead of using rational thinking and cutting ...

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