Hi again, my question today for physical traders is what is considered an "acceptable" story? I understand selling one's story for why you want to go into commodities is a good way for traders to see if someone has the drive to succeed, but I want to know what makes someone's story sound ridiculous versus what makes a story sound reasonable.
More specifically, when I was trying to convey why I wanted to go into physicalon the phone with traders, I felt like I sounded a bit ridiculous, even eccentric, and that the traders couldn't take me seriously (or if I even came off super weird to them, hopefully that wasn't the case). While reflecting over each phone call, I sometimes thought about just using a more stretched out story to explain why I want to go into physical trading instead of going with my more honest story. I entertained the thought but I immediately came to a problem that I can't see past without outside input,
Should my story revolve around what traders actually DO and make it sound like this is the most exciting thing ever for me -- which in turn will make me seem fake and almost dishonest? I imagine this kind of story is almost tautological "oh I'm interested in trading because it's so interesting" -- except replace trading with a rundown of what traders do.
Should I stick with my original story and risk turning off some traders? I, personally, wanted to go into trading because of the impact it has (I'll keep it at that). I'm a little wary of posting my actual reason for trying to get into physical trading (don't want to expose myself) so I'll leave it at that.
I'm just curious if someone could offer any input for why they went into trading (if you're willing to share) and for some insight on what exactly other traders are looking for in people outside the industry who express an interest in becoming a trader?
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