In the American football film ‘Any Given Sunday’, coach Tony D’Amato (played by Al Pacino) gives an inspiring motivational speech to the team before the final game. Here is the portion of the speech with strong parallels to trading:
“You find out that life is this game of inches! So’s football. Because the margin for error in either game, football or life, is so small … so small, guys. One half-step too late or too early and you don’t quite make it. One half-second too slow or too fast and you don’t quite catch it ‘cause it’s half a fingertip away. The inches we need are everywhere around us, they’re in every break of the game, every minute, every second.
… On this team we fight for that inch! We tear ourselves and everyone else around us to pieces for that inch! We claw with our fingernails for that inch ‘cause that’s what makes the ******* difference between winning and losing – between living and dying.”
In another part of the film, D’Amato talks about the importance of doing the right thing:
Willie Beamen (Jamie Foxx): I can’t believe we blew it. I shoulda kept the ball myself.
Tony D’Amato (Al Pacino): On any given Sunday, you’re gonna win or you’re gonna lose. The point is – can you win or lose like a man? Out there today you played like a man. That’s what counts.
Now that my capital is so low, I appreciate the odds are stacked against me making a living from trading, but I whether I fail or succeed it is important to be able to say I gave it my best.