1-2-3 … Screenshot!

Move over selfie.

The screenshot is here. 

It’s changing your style of work. It’s adding to your seamlessness. You can’t ignore it anymore. It’s there to stay… and evolve. 

In the late ‘00s, I used to struggle with it. 

My banker alerted me to the fact that screenshots existed. I was having some issue while net-banking. Banker asks me to email screenshot. I’m going like what’s that? Banker’s telling me to press F12. Then open Paint. Paste it there. Save as jpeg. Email jpeg.

Till the ‘10s started, I really couldn’t get the hang of the screenshot on my IBM-compatible laptop. Yeah, above procedure looks scary. It’s possibly the most complicated way of doing a screenshot.

Today, it’s as easy to do a screenshot as it is to snap your fingers. 

Apple asks you to press Shift-Command-3 for shooting the whole screen, and Shift-Command-4 for cropping before shooting. IBM-compatibles still require F12, I think, but saving as jpeg and cropping got easier, I think it’s a mouse-right-click away. 

Screenshots are bread and butter to how one can amplify one’s seamlessness. 

You shoot a screenshot, and it is automatically stored in your Dropbox. Big thing is, you know where it is. You are not frozen by the upcoming task of looking for it. It’s in your Dropbox. Period. 

Evernote even allows you to auto-send a screenshot as a note to itself. That’s as seamless as it gets. 

On the mobile, the shooting feature still has a snag or two. 

It’s normally a two-button combination, pressed in tandem. Half the time, you end up pressing one button before the other, leading to some other undesired outcome and no screenshot. That’s a little irritating. This has given birth to screenshot apps. However, switching such an app on, clicking, and switching off is cumbersome. I stick to the two-button combination, and take the mishits in my stride. 

Once a screenshot is clicked on the mobile, or clicked and cropped, it is automatically stored for example in Photos, or Dropbox, and you have the option of sharing it at will, with any app. That is so powerful. You can Whatsapp it, email it, add to Evernote, Instagram it, whatever you like. On the mobile, your screenshot gets a ticket to travel to the rest of the world, In a flash. Yeah, the mobile is using the screenshot maximally. 

This one powerful entity called the screenshot has greatly reduced turnover time. 

You can express yourself optimally with the screenshot, and get someone to react instantaneously with a counter-screenshot. 

You can use it for fun. Shopping. Approval. Proof. Entry. Whatever. 

Don’t forget to crop. 

You don’t want useless stuff being shared. Crop your screenshot. Only share what is required and is the subject of discussion / approval / fun. 

No cropping can mean sometimes that material goes through (is shared) which is private, and its sharing affects you adversely. So be careful. Crop. 

Everyone adapts the screenshot in their own way, to enhance their own style. 

If you use the screenshot differently, in a way that is not listed here, please do share your input in the comments section, so that everyone can benefit by your input. 

Thanks. 

🙂

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The Market Aha Moment

What is an Aha moment?

Any ideas?

Simple. It’s when you go “Aha, so that’s what it’s like!”

Or “Aha, so that’s what it’s supposed to be!”

You’ve understood something big. Finally. You see light. That’s an Aha moment. 

The human being likes to be happy. 

Professional happiness adds to our well-being. 

To be professionally happy, you need to be doing something during which you forget about time. 

What is this something for you?

Wait for your Aha moment. 

Let’s assume you’ve decided upon a profession in the markets. The next question is… which market?

Which market draws you out fully? Which market consumes you? In which market do you perform the best? In which market are you happy?

Why isn’t your Aha moment coming here too?

Well, Aha moments aren’t for free. You have to struggle for them. 

Start trying out different markets. 

See what gives you a kick.

See where you have a natural flair.

See what lingers.

Discard what you can’t stand.

Hit and try.

Try everything if you must.

Eventually, something will speak to you.

You’ll want to be in one particular market, perhaps two.  

It’ll be your calling. 

Aha. 

I’ll tell you how it went with me. 

I started with Equity. 

Fluked a few. Made some money. Bet bigger. Thought I was good. Won some more. Bet really big. Lost huge. Thought to myself – no more Equity. 

Then came Gold and Silver. Did ok. Found it boring. No more Gold and silver. 

Tried Private equity. Did ok. Boring. 

Arbitrage. Boring. But, an avenue for parking.  

Real estate. Corrupt.

Commodities…didn’t get a kick. The delivery option always loomed over my head. What if I forgot to square off?

Stock futures. Got hammered. No more. 

Foreign stocks. Time difference killed my evenings. Out. 

Foreign mutual funds. Expense ratios were sky-high. Slugged it out for a while, but then finished it off. Lost. 

Structures – broke even, then won a bit. Got bored. 

Debentures. Only do short term ones, to park funds. No kicks. Debt is boring by default.

Mutual funds. Yeah, well, did my fair bit of them. Did excite me, since they were connected to Equity. As of now, there’s just light MF activity. 

Stock options. Lost a bit, but didn’t actually get hammered. Gave me a bit of a kick. Well, it was Equity related, so no wonder. Started interfering with my second Equity stint. I let options go. 

Second Equity stint. Did ok…ok…ok…lost a bit, won a bit, was enjoying it, when suddenly…came Forex. 

Forex…whoaahh…I loved it. Swept me away. Technology, charting, skill-set, I wanted to be here. Aha. Huge leverage, though. Risk. This had to be my second game, not my first. Yeah, safety first, always. Alright, what would be my first game? Yeah, what would be my bulk game? 

Equity of course. I understood it and enjoyed it. I’d done ok. Had leant lessons. Knew how to handle it. Infrastructure was in place. Aha. Nailed it in the third attempt.

So and thus, I found my games upon my Aha moments. That’s where I am. Don’t plan to do anything else.

When’s your Aha moment coming?

Work towards it. 

Remember The Frog Who Lived in a Well?

Paramhans Yogananda once spoke of a frog who lived in a well. 

You see, this frog was visited by his cousin from the ocean, who invited him back to the ocean. Till that point in time, the well-froggy thought his well-world was the ultimate. When the well-froggy entered the ocean, his head exploded. 

Today, I feel like the well-froggy. 

Yeah, I’ve become serious about forex. I’m going to specialize in it. 

I’m already specialised in Indian equities, and am going to seal it off with this second area of specialization.

That’s after a controlled head-explosion, of course. 

Coming from the world of equity, forex feels like a borderless and unlimited party. It also feels very, very special.

Everything’s so enormous. So streamlined. So quality. 24×5. Volume. Paperless. Non-slippage. Pinnacle of technicals and fundamentals. Unparalleled and breaking newsfeed, if you want it … … …

I’m feeling blessed. This line is for me. I can feel it’s challenge. I think I’m cut out for it. I think I’m going to love it.

It’s taken ten years in finance to find this calling. 

I’ve tried everything that finance has to offer. Equity, bonds, derivatives, bullion / metals, commodities, currencies versus the INR, ULIPs, Arbitrage, mutual funds, real-estate, debt, private equity …….., you name it. 

Only pure equity has given me that kick till now. Of course I’m not going to throw it away. I’ll be in pure equity for life. 

And now, yeah, it’s forex on the world stage. 

And look how nature is responding.

It’s already directed me to a mentor. A lot of my thinking is changing. Till today, I’ve done good with just my common-sense in the world of finance. I suppose forex is a bit trickier than that, and that one needs a good mentor in the beginning. 

Wow! A world-class mentor in forex, when one is starting out with the nitty-gritty! That’s a big one!

I’m going to give it back. This blog’s a give-back too. I’m not going to be stopping any word-flow, I can promise you that. 

Cheers!

🙂