The past few months have been some of the most trying of my career as I’ve been afraid to leave my trading screens for more than a few minutes. This market has required constant monitoring given the unprecedented volatility the outbreak has brought, and I have answered that call every day – and, several times each night to check the international markets and our futures. I am proud of the results that we have experienced.
The market rallied recently on news of a vaccine and/or treatment and while there are no guarantees, there is a glimmer of hope. As the closing bell was ringing, I was reminded of one of my most inspiring pieces of “art.” Okay, maybe it is just art to me, but the man and others in his profession has had a profound effect on my life. This “art” hangs in my office alongside some awards and degrees to give me inspiration when needed.
Over the past few months, I found myself turning to it often during the long and trying days. It is a picture of Coach Vince Lombardi and below the picture features a speech he once gave, “What It Takes to Be Number One.” I won’t repeat it all here but look it up if you are in need of inspiration. Here is the final paragraph of what Coach said:
I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.
While we won’t know for some time if we are victorious, I am fulfilled that I did my best to protect my clients and I am ready to do it again. I’m not on the front lines, but I had a job to do and that job has required my constant attention every minute the market has been open. That is the promise that I made to my clients, and I have proudly honored that.
I became very emotional writing this. While that may seem silly to some, many of you took a chance on a young kid three decades ago, with nothing more than a driving desire and a dream. I always felt that what I do is a calling, not a job. I know I can’t compare to a pastor, a doctor, a nurse, a soldier, a coach, a teacher, or so many others that dedicate their lives to people on a much grander scale than me, but I believe it is what I am here to do and I absolutely love doing it.
Some of you have only been with me a short time, while others have been on this journey together with me since the beginning. All of you, though, are deeply important to me and I thank you for your trust and confidence during this crisis. I am eternally grateful for the many calls and emails affirming your faith in me and offering words of encouragement. I am humbled and honored to be taking this journey through life with you and I thank you for placing your trust and confidence in me.