From the Inside Flap
In the sci–fi movie classic The Matrix, the hero, Neo, was given a choice: take the red pill and see the world as it truly is, or take the blue pill and wake up in his bed believing whatever he wants to believe. Of course, Neo takes the red pill, and the adventure begins. Now, what if there were a real Matrix and a real red pill?
A trading and investing guide unlike any other, Trading Beyond the Matrix is your red pill. It invites you to see a new world if you have the courage to free yourself from a lifetime of programmed thinking about what′s possible and what′s not, including what you deserve out of life. Discover new ways to dramatically improve your trading results and your overall financial well–being by looking within yourself and shining a light on the engrained ideas, beliefs, and perceptions that influence every one of your trading decisions and that may keep you from the success you deserve.
Written by the legendary Dr. Van K. Tharp, Trading Beyond the Matrix is the culmination of his thirty years spent helping traders become the very best they can be. He has observed traders progress through a journey of three stages, the first of which is "Tharp Think." At this initial stage, you will learn a set of powerful rules that Dr. Tharp developed during his financial modeling work with numerous Super Traders. Time and again, these rules have been proven to deliver big returns for traders who understand how to apply them.
On the next leg of your journey, you will take your first giant step on the road to transforming yourself as a trader. You′ll learn to take a hard look at your fixed beliefs about trading and the markets, where they come from, and you′ll begin to understand that, in Dr. Tharp′s words, "You don′t trade the markets, you trade your beliefs about the markets." You also will learn to identify which beliefs are healthy, productive ones and which aren′t and begin to release yourself from their hold. And that′s just the beginning of your transformational journey taking the red pill.
In the final stage of your journey, you will begin to awaken to life beyond the Matrix. Like Neo, you will learn to transcend your programming and discover the true power lying dormant within you. Here Dr. Tharp arms you with the tools you need to take an evolutionary leap forward as a trader and as a person.
More than just another collection of "surefire" trading strategies and techniques, Trading Beyond the Matrix takes you on a journey of self–discovery, during which you will come to understand who you really are, how your personal psychology affects your every decision, and what, with Dr. Tharp′s guidance, you can become: whatever you desire . . . even a Super Trader.
From the Back Cover
Praise for Trading Beyond the Matrix
"Tharp Think has always been at the cutting edge of trading technology . . . now be prepared to go way down the rabbit hole of transformational trading. You will discover that the ′holy grail′ system has everything to do with the newest frontier in trading and that the Ultimate Edge in trading is spirituality. This is a must–read for people who want to find out how to take their trading to the next level."
LIBBY ADAMS, PhD, Executive Director, International Academy of Self–Knowledge
"Dr. Tharp′s new book shows traders how personal psychology can work for you instead of against you, how to think about and manage risk, and how that can translate into developing a winning trading system. I am adding his latest book to the top 10 must–read books for all traders."
LANE J. MENDELSOHN, founder, TraderPlanet.com
"The proof of a great system is that someone can duplicate the results using the same methods. Van Tharp′s system meets this criterion. Here we have real people with real results. If you want to consistently make money in the markets, read this book and transform yourself!"
D. JANIE GUILL, former Sr. Director of Worldwide Procurement, Microsoft
"Trading Beyond the Matrix, more than any other of Van′s great books, reflects his personal journey. The stories of trading and personal transformation illustrate what ′transformation through a trading metaphor′ means. They are inspirational and offer practical guidance and applications that will improve both you and your trading."
MALCOLM PRYOR, author of the UK bestseller The Financial Spread Betting Handbook
"Tharp saw long ago that successful trading had far more to do with the trader than with the trade itself. Tharp shows us that those traders who are in the highest states of consciousness will naturally be the most successful, not only at trading, but at life as a whole. He gives us a clear set of guidelines and exercises to help us to achieve this new expanded conscious awareness and show us how to achieve happiness on all levels: physical, emotional, and spiritual. Trading Beyond the Matrix is a book for everyone. I particularly wish to encourage my many friends in the spiritual community to take advantage of Van Tharp′s deep insights about the relationship of matter and spirit."
STUART MOONEY, author of American Buddha and day trader
"Transitioning to the mental side of trading seemed easy for me. For many, that is not the case and here′s where Trading Beyond the Matrix excels. The reader can relate to the stories about actual successful traders who have overcome their own biases, beliefs, and surroundings that held them back from success and how each trader has to figure that out and deal with it before becoming successful."
TOM BASSO, New Market Wizard and founder of Trendstat Capital Management, Inc.