To make it in trading and in life, you’ve got to work for it. If anyone knows this first hand, it’s Christian J Smith. Known as “Mr. Frost,” he is a young Jamaican-American Trader, Investor, and Founder of the brand FrostFXTheMarketMasters.com, an educational platform and community where people learn how to trade in the Forex Market and make connections. The path to his success started from humble beginnings and has led to an empire of his own making. What takeaways can he give us to forge our own victories? Here are his tips for success:
Always Be a Student
Mr. Frost’s hustle can be traced all the way back to his high school days, when his entrepreneurial spirit had him flipping bottles of water and fidget spinners for a profit. He put the money he earned towards materials and online classes to better himself and set off in the direction of Forex trading. That was just the beginning. One of the biggest keys to his initial and continued success, he says, is education. “In a market where the odds are statistically stacked against you, a person should ensure that they are doing the best they can to rig the odds in their favor by investing in their education, learning from those having success, and developing an edge.” This holds true in all aspects of life. Create personal and professional growth by continuing to seek out material and mentors that will push you to excel, and learn all you can about your passions.
It’s important to seek education in your chosen field, but it’s equally important to grow yourself. Mr. Frost found inspiration in part through books, noting drive and confidence from titles such as “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki and “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. Whether your growth comes in the form of self-help books, yoga classes, journaling, or gym time, make it a priority to invest in you.
You Set the Bar
The same youthful sales that taught Christian the importance of learning also carried with them another important lesson – that he was in control of his own destiny. When thinking back on those early days, he notes, “It was then that I realized that there is no limit to the amount of money you can make as an entrepreneur; the only limit is YOU.” Setting a low bar for yourself is limiting your chances at success. The secret lies in aiming high.
Go Monk and Commit
Some of the greatest innovations in the world came from great minds who locked themselves away in isolation to perfect their craft. This practice, coined by Mr. Frost as “Monk Mode”, can be an essential part of the process. Disconnecting from the outside world allows you to tap into your best self and give 100%. Allow yourself time to unplug from social media, turn off your phone, and focus.
Have Patience and Passion
Empires aren’t built overnight. Any great achievement is going to require patience and passion in almost equal amounts. As Mr. Frost says, “It’s all about having passion, because if you don’t have that, you won’t be able to push through the tough times.” Have the passion to invest the time and money into your goals, and the patience to understand that you need to work through the failures to grow and come out on top.
Trust Your Intuition
The biggest key to your success is you, and that’s why it’s important to have trust in yourself. In talking about how he became the trading giant he is today, Christian reflects: “The best advice I’ve been given comes from my favorite book, “The Alchemist”. The story essentially has taught me to trust in myself and follow my intuition, because doing so has never led me astray. In the book, there is a quote:
“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
– Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
The key is figuring out where you want to go, and then trust that you have the ability, resources, and drive to get yourself there.