Episode 4 – Interview with Brad Jelinek – In the pursuit of a better trading lifestyle

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In this interview, I catch up with seasoned futures trader Brad Jelinek.
Brad talks about pursuing a balanced trading lifestyle, the insights he has gained from meditation and how that has helped his trading, and the power of surrender.

After trading at a prop firm for twelve years, Brad has recently left to become an independent trader and entrepreneur and we wish him all the best on his journey!

Brad Jelinek is a seasoned trader, focused predominantly on S&P futures, occasionally trading fixed income and currency futures. Since his youth, Brad has been passionate about trading and solving the daily market puzzle. Upon graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in business finance, Brad landed an opportunity with one of Chicago’s top trading firms.

In addition to trading, Brad has developed a serious interest in exploring and adopting lifestyle practices that improve his health and longevity as a trader to foster personal growth. From optimal posture to regular meditation, he has tackled the lifestyle challenges that plague many traders.  He has worked restlessly to find solutions that work around his lifestyle. Brad is a firm believer that trading, besides offering vast financial rewards, provides an ideal opportunity to challenge and overcome some of our greatest personal weaknesses.  A ten-day meditation retreat, regular yoga, and an ergonomic trading station are only a few of the outcomes of Brad’s never-ending pursuit of a better trading lifestyle.



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The Big Ideas

  • What it feels like to turn a $5,000 into a $100,000 then to lose it all
  • Brad talks about the adaptive process of being a trader
  • Trading with a story – creating a trading narrative
  • The best time of day to trade –  when the major markets overlap
  • The importance of prioritizing trading for the long run
  • How Brad got into meditation and what he learned after a 10 day meditation retreat
  • The importance of meditation and moving throughout the day
  • The most common mistakes traders make
    1. the unwillingness to adapt
    2. being the herd by trying to pick tops and bottoms and missing the meat of the move
    3. poor risk management
  • The future for the discretionary trader
  • Brad’s method for journaling trades – focusing on what you want
  • Lesson from Roger Federer – Letting go of trying so hard

Resources Mentioned:

The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life’s Perfection – Michael Singer recounts his inspiring story from humble beginnings living in a van to CEO of a multi-billion dollar organization.  What opportunities is life making available to us if we were truly open?
The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself – Ever wonder about all the monkey chatter going on in your head?  Michael Singer’s first book delves deeply into the topic.
CME Futures Radio – Anthony Crudele’s Radio show
Lodestar Trading Community – Where you can now find Brad sharing his market observations.

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Episode 4 – Interview with Brad Jelinek – In the pursuit of a better trading lifestyle

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