Meet George Lewer
George's commitment and dedication to mastering his craft is second to none! Week after week, George wakes at 4/5am to attend the TMC live events (1pm PT), and then continues on to his day job... without complaint. George is able to see the beauty in his journey and he trusts his own process. He's an active, cherished member of the TMC Club and is a definite leader. For two years in a row - 2020 and 2021 - he's hosted an 'abundance challenge' (for the members of the TMC Club) to kick off the new year. George is collaborative, inspiring, & we're super excited to follow his trading journey over the next few years. Check out the full interview below!
When did your trading journey first begin?
My trading journey first began in December 2017. My younger brother sent me a couple of videos from a guy called Lewis Mocker on Instagram. Following on from this I watched every single one of his free videos and mini lessons that he had available online. It was like a light bulb inside my mind had just found a power source that emitted twice the strength of the one that had previously been running my life for the last 24 years. This is because, prior to this I had absolutely no idea what the FX market entailed, and apart from some long term stock companies I held shares in, this was all new terrain to me. I signed up to the trading course and began delving into the lessons. Approximately 10 months later in November 2018 shortly after the TMC launch, I made the switch across to Trading MasterClass.
What was it that made you want to pursue trading?
From a young age I never really fell into the traditional groove of what societal influences tend to push us toward. I did not enjoy school, I had no interest in university, but I enjoyed working hard for the things I wanted and as a result, this gave me a good work ethic from my early teenage years. It was becoming increasingly apparent to me that traditional methods of business, finances and even lifestyle habits were (and still are) being tested and proven to fail in modern day society. The ability to be able to work remotely, from a laptop and requiring only an internet connection to earn an income is indeed the business of the 21st Century and I was becoming increasingly curious about ways to tap into this. Freedom is something I hold high on my values system, and trading is an exceptional tool that I will use to leverage that financial freedom. When I stumbled across the trading world, it ticked all the above boxes for me and I knew this was something I wanted to pursue long term, so I dove head first into it.
"Freedom is something I hold high on my values system, and trading is an exceptional tool that I will use to leverage that financial freedom."
What is something unexpected that you love about trading?
Early into my trading journey I was recommended to watch a YouTube video by Bob Proctor (Philosopher). The video was about "The Law of Attraction", and boy, if only I knew the ripple effects watching that video would have on my life... I would've delved into it sooner if I had. It was the beginning of my personal development journey as a whole. It sparked an inner journey that I will be forever grateful for and continue to embark on to this day. I started spending copious amounts of time watching Bob Proctor, Alan Watts, Joe Dispenza, Les Brown and any other human development speakers I could get my hands on. Before I knew it, I was attending workshops, online courses, seminars, and I have now spent what a 24-year-old-me would refer to as, an "obscene" amount of money, on personal development. It was like I had opened Pandora's box to the inner workings of my mind. I quickly realised I had more work to do on the space that is between my ears, more so than the work needed to learn the ins and outs of technical analysis on the charts. I have found that trading really is more of a psychological game than anything else. You quickly realise your limiting beliefs, repetitive mistakes, behavioural patterns, bad habits, and parental conditioning (just to name a few) that will hold you back from trading success and not just your ability to break down a chart (though this of course does help hehe). Two major takeaways from my personal development journey have been, 1) the filtered lens with which you view reality is what governs most of the events you attract into your life; and 2) life does not happen to you, it happens for you. For me this has had a profound impact on my life as a whole and the ROI from this inner journey has paid itself off 10 fold.
What are one to three books that have profoundly impacted your journey? Why?
This was one of the first books I read after embarking down the trading road. With the lines of science and spirituality rapidly blurring in today's day and age, this book allowed me to get a scientific point of view on how to use modern day technology along with blending some ancient techniques. These techniques have helped me to help get myself into a"peak state" and unlock further levels of, what they call, "human potential". In my opinion, in order for me to be in the top 1% of traders, this is the state I need to function in majority of the time. Its a book I have listened to multiple times and I highly recommend it.
This book opened my eyes to taking the seat of witness consciousness and realising that the "I" and the "me" are indeed separate. You are not your thoughts, nor are you the victim of the good/bad events that you perceive are happening to you. You are merely the watcher, observing the events that occur in your waking consciousness throughout day to day life. The resistance to what is, is where the friction arises. Surrendering to life can have a profound impact.
It is no coincidence that top silicon valley executives and CEO's are experimenting with micro dosing. As mentioned above in Stealing Fire and in my comment above, the lines between science and spirituality are blurring. Sacred traditions and rituals that have been considered "woo-woo" for most of the last few hundred years are now attracting mainstream attention and the medicinal benefits, as well as the psychological breakthroughs, that certain plants have been known to assist in can be hugely profound. Whilst this is relatively new terrain for me also and is by no means a recommendation that everyone should try it, this is something I am extremely interested in and will be looking to delve deeper into moving forward.
What new belief, behaviour, or habit has helped you gain the most forward momentum since becoming a trader?
For most of my adult life I waited for my external environment to show me what I was looking for. When the trade hits profit, then I will feel like a winner. When the money turns up, then I will feel rich. When the partner comes along, then I will feel loved. A personal mentor of mine once told me, "You cannot create a new reality based on the thoughts, feelings and emotions that have manifested the one you are currently in. You have to turn up first, be present and experience the gratitude associated with what you want to achieve and act as if you are already doing it, then wait for the universe to catch up." In other words, my senses should be the last thing to experience what I am working towards and this has been a significant realisation to help me within my trading journey. I have found that routines are a major key, but there are setbacks, failures, extreme highs and at times extreme lows. Sometimes these low points have made me feel like giving up. During these low points/harder times, I often ask myself "what would the George 1, 2, or 5 years from now who's trading full time be doing in response to this/that." Would I let that stop him from getting up early tomorrow and doing my morning routine/analysis/journaling etc?.... The answer is most likely, "No!" That question has had major ripple effects in my personal life as well too. "I know who I am not" is a powerful mantra worth keeping note of also. Additionally, keeping my circle small and deciding who I am spending my time with is crucial too. You are the company you keep, right? So I always take a step back and assess if the people I am around are encouraging me to be the best version of myself, or are they stunting my growth and holding me back?
What advice would you give to an inspired, driven individual about to step into the trading world?
Be realistic and stop comparing. Society today and especially social media, paints a very one sided picture of the trading lifestyle. It's hard work, it requires commitment and that 'rent' is due every day. Anything worth having doesn't come easy. It can take 3-4 years to learn a trade skill, 5+ years to become an engineer and 7+ years to become a doctor. Don't be disheartened if you take a little longer than other traders to pick things up, everyone is on their own clock. Focus on what you can control (yourself), and less focus on what you can't control (other people), and you will start to kick goals much sooner than you thought. Also, it is good to document your progress, your results and celebrate the wins (big or small) along the way - it's what keeps you striving for more. Ask yourself the question from the previous question, "What would the 'future you' in 1, 2 or 5 years from now, who's trading full time, be doing in response to this/that issue/situation/dilemma etc?"
"Focus on what you can control (yourself), and less focus on what you can't control (other people), and you will start to kick goals much sooner than you thought."
How has Trading MasterClass assisted your evolution?
The layout of the Trading MasterClass content is second to none. I am very much a visual learner and the video format of the content was pivotal. The lessons are informative, precise and fun to absorb. I find TMC to be much more than just a trading education course, it's a blend of trading with personal development too. I have learnt much more than just how to analyse a chart from TMC. The community, the team and the members that fill it are paramount to its success and make it what it is today. It has evolved a huge amount from the 2018 days and I value the connection with the members and my online family. We are all on similar journeys, heading in similar directions, helping each other along the way. Humans crave connection and community, TMC is that community for me.
What is your next immediate trading goal?
I am in the process of ticking off a pretty big trading goal, although I am playing this one pretty close to the chest so I won't share much on that. However, pending the results from Q1 2021 I will be looking to increase my risk and scale my $ returns this year to a stage where trading full time is starting to become a possibility. I have made some small changes to my trading plan, implemented SBO's and refined some finishing touches ready to enter into 2021.
Any final words of wisdom?
My favourite quote - "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door" - Milton Berle
When you combine your career and your vocation, your life becomes a vacation. Craft your plan, build your vision, stay in your own lane, focus on consistently making the right decisions, in every area of your life, day in and day out, and seeds will flower sooner than you think.
How can we keep up with you?
I am on socials and in the TMC club too:
FB name is George Lewer and my IG handle is @georgelewer_
I'm happy to connect anywhere. :)