The professional trader's mentor.
When I first became a professional prop trader, many of the very successful traders with decades of experience would often reference "Kirk" throughout each trading session. I had no idea who Charles Kirk was at that time; eventually I mustered up the courage to ask a veteran trader who "Kirk" was. (Please keep in mind that when I say veteran; I mean 30+ years as a professional trader and more than a few years Kirk's senior.) The recommendations from he and a handful of other expert traders whom I hold in high esteem made clear that I had no choice but to sign up for The Kirk Report.
My journey as a trader has been very similar to many other traders. It's a very tough business - even if one is profitable out of the gate. I visited the Kirk Report daily with mixed results for the first few months. Again, keep in mind I was very green to professional trading at this time. Often I would find myself becoming angry with the markets not doing "what I thought they should be doing." I stopped visiting the Kirk Report for a few months; not because I blamed Kirk for my frustrations with the markets, but perhaps because I wasn't ready for him yet. About the same time (or shortly thereafter) I suffered a cold streak which inflicted a fair amount of damage to my trading account. This truly ended up being a blessing in disguise.
I took a few months off from trading while attempting to nurse my prop account back to a healthy balance. However, even though I wasn't trading as I had been prior, my daily routine didn't change. I awoke at the same time every morning, did the same research, stayed firmly in my seat for the entire US trading session, spoke to and participated in conversations with dozens of traders as if I was actively trading to the degree I had been prior, and conducted my nightly research just as I had for many months (5 years actually, but in a different market-related job function). Although hindsight gives the impression I possessed a great deal of discipline to be able to take a step back and reassess my mistakes - little could've been further from reality. Truth be told, money to trade or not; I knew for years professional trading was my higher calling. By taking the pressure off of myself to produce, I was able to become much more objective in my interpretation of price action. It was at this point in my personal journey that I received an email from Kirk's assistant:
"Hi (name withheld), we noticed you haven't been visiting the Kirk Report as often as you used to. Is everything okay on your end? Is there anything we can do to better address your needs as a trader?"
If you don't already know, Kirk's membership is literally the best value anywhere in the trading community at $100/year. Kirk's assistant wasn't emailing to keep me on board as a subscriber (I was already paid up for many months to come!). It was a genuine inquiry that I appreciated greatly. At that point I began to visit the Kirk Report again. "The Weekend Chart Show" became my Sunday morning ritual right after reading Barron's with a hot cup of joe.
As I am growing as a trader, I find The Kirk Report a more valuable resource every time I visit each day. Even though it would seem there are not a lot of bells and whistles on the site, my own assessment is that I only effectively take full advantage of 30% - 40% of the information available. Every tool one needs to become a wildly successful trader is there for the taking for $100/year.
However, and I don't think I'm off base in saying this, becoming a successful trader starts with one's willingness to be honest with themselves first. Secondly, one must possess self efficacy that becoming a professional trader is their only option in being true to their own happiness and purpose in life. Finally, when one goes through these peaks and valleys (as I have) and still shows up every day with their eyes wide open, Kirk will be there. Thanks Kirk :)
This review is the subjective opinion of an Investimonials member and not of Investimonials LLC
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