Is trading fun?
I had a beer with a former teammate who's been trading at a prop firm for the past 3 years. He went on and on about how much fun he was having. He said he wakes up in the morning excited and ready to conquer. I could tell he was bragging about his success but his enthusiasm seemed genuine. Hes not the first person who's talked about trading as being fun. One of the traders I met while interviewing at a firm in Chicago told me that despite being under a lot of stress he feels he has the best and most exciting job in the world.
Are these guys some sort of freaks or is this typical? Would you ever describe being a trader as fun? Every time I look at traders they either look focused or spaced out. Then again, if I am playing poker and I am on top of my shit, my face looks blank but I feel like a baller.