I am a huge fan of studying success. Why? Because success leaves clues. In other words, if you are looking to be successful at something, study someone who has already been successful in that area, and LEARN FROM THEM. When it comes to trading, one of my biggest heroes is Paul Tudor Jones. Rather than giving you his bio, you can read about him on Wikipedia. I highly recommend that you also read his interview in Market Wizards.
Jones is considered one of the best traders in the business for one main reason: CONSISTENCY! He has produced positive returns for 25 straight years! I don’t know the exact number of years, but you get my point. The fuel behind his consistency is his discipline, specifically his ability to manage risk and cut losses.
Besides his tremendous success as a trader and a hedge fund manager, what makes Jones an even bigger hero in my view is his philanthropy. I love the phrase “The secret to living is giving” and Jones truly exemplifies this quote. In other words, what’s the point of being successful if you never give back to others? As Jones says in this 60 Minutes interview: “You find your joy in life through service and sacrifice.” Enjoy the video!