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Forex Patterns and Probabilities: Trading Strategies for Trending and Range-Bound Markets by Ed Ponsi

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CHAPTER 17
How to Achieve Spectacular Gains
When I was 14 years old, I spent my life savings of $100 on a beat-up used guitar and an amplifier. After a few years of daily practice, I learned how to play lead guitar proficiently, and by the age of 17 I made my debut as a professional musician.
I love rock music, and as the years passed I took great pleasure in learning how to perform some of the most difficult and inspiring classic rock guitar solos. I emulated players like Jimi Hendrix, Randy Rhoads, Jimmy Page, Ritchie Blackmore, Brian May, and Joe Satriani—guitarists who were technically proficient, but also able to express a wide range of emotions musically and paint a vivid aural landscape. Later, I began to write songs and express myself through my own words and music.
Because of my involvement with music, I made a lot of friends and met many truly amazing people. Thanks to music, I’ve traveled extensively, dated beautiful women—in general, I’ve been treated like a rock star. I’ve heard the sound of my name being chanted by hundreds of people at once. My experiences in the music business are cherished and irreplaceable. I still play guitar today, and it’s a big part of who I am.
All in all, not bad for a $100 initial investment. That’s what I call a spectacular return!
Mind you, I didn’t pick up the guitar and start playing the solo from “Stairway to Heaven” on the first day. No, this was a long, gradual process of achieving one plateau and then striving for the next one. ...

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