The following quotes were taking from an article in Psychology Today by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. There is a link below to the full article.

When we’re creative, we feel we are living more fully than during the rest of life. The excitement of the artist at the easel or the scientist in the lab comes close to the ideal fulfillment we all hope to get from life, and so rarely do.

This is exactly how I feel when I settle in to do some serious research like creating a new scan or analyzing the results from a scan and comparing them with different timeframes. While I’m not a fan of backtesting automated trading systems, there is a time and a place for chart specific backtesting like analyzing how a particular chart pattern plays out in different (bullish/bearish) environments.

Creative individuals are remarkable for their ability to adapt to almost any situation and to make do with whatever is at hand to reach their goals. If I had to express in one word what makes their personalities different from others, it’s complexity.

Adapting to new market conditions is the story of the year and what is going to separate the traders that are here in a few years and the ones that aren’t.Everything that made me successful in 07′ failed this past year. Momentum investing went into hibernation, as it was very difficult to hold onto any position with the wild swings

Here are the 10 antithetical traits often present in creative people that are integrated with each other in a dialectical tension.