Pablo Picasso’s trading secrets

Mark Shawzin
September 14, 2022

People know Pablo Picasso for the inverted perspectives, the backwards faces with the eyes on one side, and so on.

What people don’t know is that before Pablo became “THE” Picasso… 

… he used to hang out at the Louvre… copying paintings from masters like Leonardo and Rembrandt – stroke by stroke.

Film students take their iPhones to iconic film locations and recreate scenes - shot by shot.

Aspiring writers copy down Ernest Hemingway novels cover to cover, word by word, by HAND… so they can really experience what it’s like to write like Hemingway.

Kobe Bryant would watch footage of Michael Jordan’s jump shots… until he could place his shoes in the identical spot on the court… and elevate with the exact samelift and rotation.

You’ll never achieve mastery without physically doing the task… over and over again… until it becomes muscle memory.

It’s the same with trading.

I watched my early mentor Graham Loving make millions of dollars in the markets, trading commodities like soybeans and live hogs and everything in between.

How did he do it?

He’d plot out price and time on a piece of GRAPH PAPER. 

Every day at the close he would put a little slash mark that signified whether it went up or down. 

Over two or three weeks he could see the trend clearly. 

Then, he would make his move.

I watched him like a hawk. This created the foundation of the skill set that led to a 23-year career on Wall Street trading for some of the biggest firms in the world.

Graham was successful because he focused on the one thing that really mattered – price – and ignored everything else.

You’ve probably heard me say that a million times… but this is where I got it from.

Here’s the point:

Anyone who ever gets good at ANYTHING… often starts by IMITATING the masters who came before.

My Elite students get my daily trades AND analysis sent to their inbox.

Some people like to just copy and paste the trades…

Others go a step further:

They do their OWN analysis… and then compare their chart to mine.

As they see my breakdown of my analysis, they can see where their thought process was different from mine.

This creates a feedback loop where they LEARN from every trade… so they make better and better decisions over time.

Eventually, their charts start to look a lot like mine.

They’ve now copied my thought process enough times it’s become muscle memory.

This is the real “breakthrough moment” … when they don’t need me anymore.

This is when they get the CONFIDENCE of a professional trader, because they have proven their skills to themselves.

Cool, right?

Becoming a successful trader is NOT rocket science.

If you follow the above method - there is no way to fail as long as you keep doing it. 

Don’t take my word for it, just think about it: the feedback loop actually guarantees your success over time.

The problem is that everyone wants shortcuts, so they avoid anything that puts them outside their comfort zone.

The TRUE shortcuts? 

They always look suspiciously like WORK.

Until tomorrow,

Mark Shawzin