How Penelope Sharp became a stock trader and found the "tribe" she'd been looking for

Penelope Sharp

Active Retiree

For many people, finding the right “tribe” can turn into a lifelong pursuit.

Let’s face it; humans are intrinsically social. We naturally want to belong. From our first day at school, and into our adult lives, we tend to gravitate towards trusted people who exemplify the qualities we admire and want to develop in ourselves.

When searching for “your tribe,” look for people with commonalities and traits you’d like to possess. Whether it’s a small group of people, or a larger community, belonging to the right tribe helps you connect with people you who share your goals and values, while simultaneously satisfying your need for companionship.

Successful tribes are built on a foundation of mutual trust. Leadership expert Simon Sinek said, “Trust is essential because we want to know that somebody’s got our backs. Like how do you know your friends are your friends?

He continued, "Love, trust and all these things, they’re feelings. Not instructions. You can't order people to trust each other. They are feelings, and they're born out of the environment. And this environment comes from shared values and shared belonging.”

To be successful in business, in life, or as a stock trader, it’s vitally important that you connect with trustworthy people within the right environment. These people should support your goals and encourage you to be the best you can be.

Once you join the right trading community, with the right leaders, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how fast you can grow as a stock trader, and as a human being.

Penelope Sharp is a new stock trader who found her tribe. We recently had a chance to interview Penelope and learn more about her experience. Keep reading below to see what she told us.

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Penelope Sharp is an active retiree living in Royse City, Texas. She recently started trading and is a new member of the Petra Picks community. Her trading goal is to build up a financial reserve while growing her retirement account.

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Could you tell us a little more about yourself?

Penelope: “Sure. I’m from Royse City, Texas, which is a bedroom community for Dallas. I'm retired and was looking for a way to supplement my fixed income. I’m very new and just started trading last year. Mostly paper trades, because I'm still learning. "

What problem or challenge led you to Petra Picks?

Penelope: “I took the plunge into live trading about 4 months ago with lackluster results. I was usually losing more than I was making. I struggled reading charts, as well as when to enter or exit a trade. In short, I was getting very frustrated and honestly had about decided trading wasn't for me."

"I was tired of trying to live on a fixed income where if an emergency arose I would go into a financial tailspin. I was looking for a way to supplement my income so I can throw money at a problem, not sleepless nights. I stumbled onto a free webinar Petra had online. "

"Most of these "free" webinars are 90% "salesy hype”, but Petra did a real webinar where she took the time to answer everyone's question, the business she was promoting was almost an afterthought! So refreshing! I loved her thoughtful, calm demeanor and how she fielded all the questions. She really wanted people to learn."

“I took the plunge into live trading about 4 months ago with lackluster results. I was usually losing more than I was making. I struggled reading charts, as well as when to enter or exit a trade. In short, I was getting very frustrated and honestly had about decided trading wasn't for me."

Penelope Sharp

Active Retiree

So why did you choose Petra Picks over other options?

Penelope: “I had joined 2 other services, and while they helped me learn some basics, their trading style didn't resonate with me."

"Plus, I had very little "start-up" capital to trade on and most of the other services/traders either picked stocks that were way out of my comfort zone financially, or you needed a huge margin account or penny stocks that were more for day traders."

"I loved Petra's calm, thoughtfulness compared to the high energetic frenzy of other traders. Her story of losing half her retirement portfolio when it was being managed by a so-called professional resonated with me, having been in a similar situation. Petra has done what I want to do."

Penelope continued, "An unknown journey is always better with a wise, experienced guide. Having Heather Cable, Petra’s options trader, as part of the package was the kicker for me. My exploration with the other services led me to the conclusion that I wanted to concentrate on options trades.”

"I loved Petra's calm, thoughtfulness compared to the high energetic frenzy of other traders. Her story of losing half her retirement portfolio when it was being managed by a so-called professional resonated with me, having been in a similar situation. Petra has done what I want to do."

Penelope Sharp

Active Retiree

Can you tell us about a winning trade or any other benefits you're getting as a member of Petra Picks?

Penelope: “So far, I’ve taken my play learning live account from under $1,500 back up to its original $2,500 in less than a month. I did it by changing my mindset, my rules, and my knowledge. I did it all by watching Petra and her moderators in learning videos and online chat for hours. It's my stock university!"

"I love how Petra and Heather view chart after chart, discussing each, while patiently answering questions in the chatroom. The atmosphere is more like a classroom than a chat site, where people just brag about their wins. When you want to learn a new skill, you go to classes. "

"That’s why joining Petra Picks is truly an education. That, in my book, is priceless! Not only am I learning the mechanics of trading, but I’m learning the psychology of trading too. All this is making me a better trader.”

"After a couple of weeks in Petra's chatroom, I’m reading charts better, and it also helped me to set down some trading rules. Now I’m taking more profits than losses with the occasional loss being small. Plus, I have more peace of mind making trades that I had never done before."

What advice would you give to a new trader who's just getting started?

Penelope: “I would say focus on education and paper trading. The more you learn and practice on paper the more confident and successful you will become! Surgeons don't operate on live people a couple of months after enrolling medical school. It takes knowledge and practice. Their learning never ends and neither should yours.”

“So far, I’ve taken my play learning live account from under $1,500 back up to its original $2,500 in less than a month. I did it by changing my mindset, my rules, and my knowledge. I did it all by watching Petra."

Penelope Sharp

Active Retiree

How's your life changing as you become a better trader?

Penelope: "I find that I'm much more relaxed about trading and am actually enjoying all aspects of trading. I used to feel like I had to stay close to my computer/iPad or phone to monitor my trades. Because of what I’ve learned from Petra, I can have a life outside of trading."

‍What are your goals as a stock trader, and how will achieving them have a positive impact on your future?

Penelope: “My short-term goal is to have enough cash in reserve to throw money at life's little inconveniences, as well as any major financial tailspin."

"On the other hand, my long-term goal is to manage and grow my IRA. If I had continued on the path I was on before, I would have outlived my IRA. Like most seniors, I never want to become a financial burden to my daughter and her family."

"Although I’m currently living from retirement check to retirement check and just covering my living costs, I finally feel like growing my IRA is possible. Knowing that gives me great peace of mind. I love my current life, and I love belonging to the Petra Picks trading community. It looks like I’ve finally found my tribe!", says Penelope.

Penelope Sharp

Active Retiree

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