Being In the Now Moment

02/05/2015 6:00 am EST


Andrew Menaker, PhD, of, discusses how taking an acting improvisation class helped his trading skill set by teaching him about flexibility, not having an agenda, and trying to stay in the present moment.

Last July I signed up for an improvisational acting class on a hunch that it would help me stay in the present moment and improve creativity. I also have a coaching client who took an improv acting class and experienced benefits from it, so I wanted to give it a try. I've now been through several classes in the past six months and am looking forward to more classes.

You never know where you will get that extra little something from and my improv acting experience has certainly been helpful in several ways. One of the things I had to really work on is the idea of not having an agenda. Just being in the moment and responding to what is happening around me.

As a trader, I develop hypotheses about what the market may do and that is different from having an agenda of expecting the market to do a particular thing. One of the greatest lessons I've learned is that flexibility and not having an agenda is a huge help when trying to stay in the present moment.

By Andrew Menaker, PhD,

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