7 Ways an Art Crawl is like Trading
7 Ways an Art Crawl is like Trading
I know what you might be thinking. 'An art crawl? "What, is this guy going to elaborate on the particulars of impressionism?" First, no, I really just learned what impressionism style paintings were last weekend. Most cities, especially the bigger ones, will have an art crawl every so often. Nashville, TN just happens to have one on the first Saturday of each month. An art crawl is usually free and every now and then, you'll get one with free wine. This was one of those times and it made the experience, shall we say, more palatable.
I am not a huge artsy guy. Even so, Ashley told me I gained +1 culture points for going with her and two other friends. I am, however, a trading nerd. So, whilst walking down 5th Avenue in Nashville and going to the different art venues and galleries, asking questions like "What the heck is that?" and "Who would pay $14,000 for a dog statue made entirely of crayons?" I realized something. An art crawl and trading have a few similarities. Here's what wine-induced Jerremy came up with.
There's a stereotype that trading is only for a 'certain type of person': Many people think professional traders have tons of money and are wicked good at math. No, to both. I can teach anyone how to become a professional trader starting off with only a $3,000 bank roll. With art, you don't have to be a 'hippie, snob or aristocrat to appreciate the immense time it takes for some artists to convey their message of love, despair or isolation. The blending of colors, textures and oftentimes an overwhelming talent to just simply draw anything . . . I'm terrible at drawing, so I can appreciate even the simplistic part of art. (Hey, that rhymed!)
Some people see things differently: This was one of my favorite 'takeaways', if you will. I looked at one work which was a plain white background with a black tree on it. Very simple. I said out loud "It's just a black tree? Why is this interesting?" And a guy beside me in a pea coat said, "I love this! It's so simple and clashes so intricately". I snarked a little bit…but then begin to appreciate the fact that he saw something different than I did. Happens all the time in trading. I'll look at a stock and see nothing but how it's about to go higher and someone else will look at the same thing and be excited about how far it's about to drop. We all have different perspectives. My thought is, it's just important to have one! In trading and art, learn how to appreciate what you see, hold your ground and trade what you see.
It's a great conversation piece: Well, this one is quick. If you are a professional trader, or artist creating the perfect sunset on Mars, you have something to talk about at a party. The stock market is one of the most, if not the most, crucial aspects of our economy. Sad part is, very few people understand it. That's why reallifetrading.com is trying to shift what people know about the market and trading. Just like Olga at the art crawl tried to shift my perspective on why her statue of a rusty car was so interesting. As a society we need to talk to more people! Look up from your phones and have a cool conversation about something! The art crawl definitely helped me with that.
There are different styles, something for everyone: In trading you have incredibly risk averse traders and then you have the Evil Knievels of the bunch. I trade it all, but there are truly countless vehicles of investment and trading. Something to suit everyone. Just like with art, which is pretty self-explanatory.
Kids can learn it too, they're never too young: Folks, this is a big deal for me! Many people don't teach kids about investing, finance, budgeting, debt or money management because they believe they are too young. What?! Kids can learn anything! Age is just a number, my friends. There are painters and artists out there who aren't even 20 years old yet and have accumulated hundreds of thousands of dollars in art sales. Being young is the best time to learn anything! In fact, every March is 'kids month' at reallifetrading.com where we teach the kids and hold special webinars and videos to help them learn these cool facts of life! If you know of any younger ones, or maybe your own children, send them our way. It's going to be a great time!
It's an investment: This too, is pretty simplistic. In the stock market your goal is to buy something at $10 and sell it for $20 or more. Art too, is a huge investment vehicle, especially for the ultra wealthy. Art is one of the top items sold and bought on the black market. I'm not saying that's a good thing, but it's obvious that people care and have a strong affinity for works of art. It speaks to people! Both trading and art can be solid investments monetarily and culturally.
Put your artwork on display: If you're going to take the time to paint, draw, write or sculpt something, show someone! Why not?! Put that sucker on display. Get feedback, advice from your peers and those 'in the know'. That way you can grow, adapt, change and improve. In trading this is crucial. The best traders always have mentors and are mentors! In trading and art, it's always important to prepare for challenges, work hard, share your ideas, spread them around, enrich others in the process and of course, sculpt your future!
Thank you so much for reading! I truly do love trading and I see its comparisons throughout so much in my life! If you liked this article, please share it and it will encourage me to continue to write more! Until next time remember, love life, live life and trade it!
CEO of Real Life Trading â€“ Jerremy Alexander Newsome
Nashville: For more information on the art crawl, click here.