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The idea to write this article came from a single comment from someone very educated, experienced and a senior person.

Of course I will not give the link to that article to hide the identity of that person. It is more about how most of us think – the collective human mindset (especially Indians) and not about that one person. Please also note that this is not a political post. It is rather my point of view on blaming someone else for our own misfortunes in stock markets or in life.

Recently someone told me that people in India do not invest in good companies shares, instead they get their hands burned by investing in blade companies like Saradha Chit funds, Rose Valley Scam, Pearls Ponzi Scheme, Agri Gold Scam, Sahara etc. So the government should launch some kind of Personal Finance Education. When will our rulers wake up to the reality and do the needful, he asked.

In the hindsight, he is actually blaming the government for the losses faced by some of the investors who lost money investing in such scam companies.

The point is should we blame the government for losses we face in the stock markets? If yes then shouldn’t we also give credit to the government when we make profits? (I mean credit which is like a Thanks not Income tax).

You know why people invest in such companies? It is out of greed, nothing else. Their greed of making more in less time is the root of this evil which I think they deserve. Forget stock investing – how many of you speculate options and try to double your money in every trade. If you are the one ask yourself – since how long you have been doing this? 1 year, 2 years, 3, 10? There is 99% chance that you lost money all these years. If you were not successful for these many years what are the chances you will be in the years to come? NIL.

Now compare the above two. BOTH ARE SAME. One person is not very educated – invested in Ponzi schemes due to ignorance and greed and lost money. Another well educated but buy options on pure speculations and loses money continuously. An instrument which is not meant for gambling is being used for gambling. Both are sides of the same coin – they cannot control greed.

Is it government’s job to teach you to control greed? No, it has to run a country. If you are greedy, government is least bothered. And the educate investors initiative by the government is already there. We see so many advertisements in trains, bus stops, stations and other public places to invest carefully. But we ignore, don’t read, don’t even care and end up investing in a bad company and lose money. How can the government be blamed for that?

When financial institutions have investment educational campaigns, we attend, make notes, come out and are back to what we are best at – speculate and lose money. Tell me what can government do now?

Launch hundreds of campaigns, but still people will keep doing these mistakes out of greed again and again. We should not blame some other entity for the failures in our lives. If we cannot control greed we are only welcoming misfortunes in our lives – and they won’t stop until you stop being greedy.

If someone really want to get education in investing then there are a lot of things available online for free. They do not read that. Then there are magazines, online journals, forums, webinars, seminars, news channels, discussions on TV by experts etc. Still you want the government to start teaching. What difference will it make if they start another investor education initiative. Hundreds are already there but you don’t care.

Here are some of them:

SEBI Investor Awareness Website:

Here is financial literacy for school children (gift it to your kids today if they are young enough to understand finances):


And a lot more are already there. If you have the desire to learn something no one can stop you.

Ok lets take example of some great investors of our times. Did the Government of USA teach Warren Buffett stock markets investing or did the Government of India teach Rakesh Jhunjhunwala stock investing? Its your money and you will have to work hard to acquire knowledge and help it grow. If you don’t want to work hard or cannot control your greed, then please do not blame the government. And this applies to everything in our life.

Some people blame their luck. When the trade goes wrong – they will say it was my bad luck – next time it will not happen. Well next time the result is the same – bad luck.

Why leave your trades to luck? Its better to buy a lottery than trying to buy options and make money. Option buying is pure speculation, it will never make you money.

We have a tendency to blame others for our failures. Luck, government, brokers, sometimes even Gods – but deep inside we know we did this mistake – blaming someone else will only take the pain out of us temporally – but the damage has been done – blaming will not get your cash back. Its gone.

Blaming others gives us a “virtual” excuse to escape from reality. Try and if you fail just blame your luck and move on. But does that solve the problem in your life? NO. It still exists.

You could not succeed and no one has any role to play. You can blame anyone but the truth remains – YOU FAILED – and that truth will not die by blaming others.

There are a lot of issues in our lives – not getting promotion in a job, office politics, salary not increasing, price rise, investing in a bad company, trading losses, issues in the family – there are hundreds of issues in our lives. Blaming luck will not solve the problems – facing the problems will.

Let that office politics go on, you do your job. Ultimately you will be rewarded. Over the long run reality comes out. If salary is not increasing then get more knowledge, acquire more skills and get a better paying job. There are a lot of ways of making your life better, blaming others is not a way.

I think we all read about basics of stock markets in school – from there we have to do research and educate ourselves. Government did its job – now its your turn to work hard.

I have seen that we Indians love to blame our leaders or luck for everything. I think its an easy way out to give yourself an excuse for failures. After my losses if I kept blaming my luck, or, if I waited for that “subsidized course on stock market investing” by the government, then I would be living a wasted life now.

But I took my life in my own hands – sat in the drivers seat and rode the path I wanted to travel.

I read about stock markets at least 5 hours a day, everyday, for about one year while having a full time job which had nothing to do with stock markets. You know how much is that? 5*365 = 1825 hours or 76 days or 2 and a half months of continuous reading without sleeping.

And the results is there for all of you to see. I transformed from a negative person living a life on loans to debt free full of energy positive guy. This website that you are currently reading is probably the best website in India teaching options for free to at least 350 people daily. Thousands read my newsletters and email me to write if three days passes without an email. This site is in fact ranking better in search engines than many big websites launched years back. To top it all my option trading course has been bought by Technical Analysts, MBAs from renowned universities in foreign countries and in India, CAs, Brokers, Government Officers, Investment Advisers (some much senior to me), Retired people, IIT professors and top executives holding high positions in big name companies. All this I was able to achieve single-handily in just a few years.

When I lost 7 lakhs trading stock markets – like most others I would have easily gone the “blame luck for your misfortunes” path and would be living a life full of miseries by now. But I faced it – without blaming anyone except myself and tirelessly worked hard, day in and out to achieve what I wanted to achieve in life and got it – much before time. I still work some 12 hours a day – I can get lazy – but I know if I get lazy then whatever I have done till now will get destroyed. I won’t let that happen.

The point of this post is – if you have issues in life – do not blame anyone for that. It will only get more complicated. Face it and stop it right now before it gets out of control. Learn to work hard, get knowledge, and improve your life day by day.

There are a lot of people who think they are too old to learn anything. Hey dude you may be 40 or 50, but if you give up learning now then for sure you will live a mediocre life for the rest of your life.

So start learning about investing as much as possible. If you are option trader then learn to trade properly first. If you do not want to do my course, its OK do some other but a good course or read books, but please stop speculating. Trading without knowledge is very dangerous – you will never make money.

The more you learn the better trader you become, and for some strange reason, you also become a better person.

Disclaimer: This post is not to show off about me or my achievements – it is more about trying to teach you that education and hard work can bring magical returns to your life, blaming others wont help.

Thank You for reading this long post.

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About the author: Dilip Shaw I started trading stock markets since 2007. However my first 3 years were losses. Then I dedicated almost 1 year on studying, researching, paper trading options and learned a lot in that time. Since 2011 I am trading Nifty options profitably. Call me if you need any help trading options on 9051143004.

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  • Bhumeshwar March 10, 2016, 7:23 pm

    Thank you very much sir. what you write in email its true but i lost too much how can i recover? before i control my self very well when i lost my money i can’t control my self. Without knowledge trading is dangerous, speculation also. 1 year 6 months i lost what I earned in 6 years. i have debts now.
    sir kindly i am asking to you seriously, i will take your course how much investment need to trade can i recover my money?

    • Dilip Shaw March 11, 2016, 4:33 pm

      It is sad to know you lost your 6 years of your earning in 1.5 years. 🙁 At least now you know that it was speculative trading that lost you money. But I am happy you are willing to learn now. 🙂

      You have not written how much you have lost so I cannot say with certainty how much time will it take to recover your losses. You can start my strategies if you have 75-80k in your account. Of course you can calculate how much time it will take to recover if you make 30-35% a year. If needed you can add more money later to increase the amount of profits you are making.

      If can trade for 10 years you can compound the profits to recover your losses and make more.

      Hope it helps.

  • J.SAIBABA March 10, 2016, 8:40 pm

    Mr Shaw,
    It is a very good message that you have spread. You are right, when you say that people blame everybody, everything except themselves for their failures and sarcastic part is that they don’t learn from their mistakes or they don’t heed to the advice of others. It is human.

    I also lost some money in trading, but i don’t want to blame anybody, but take it as an experience. Always finding fault with Govt is not at all correct. At least I have not asked permission from Govt whether to enter into stock market business or not.

    Anyway I congratulate you for the write up.

    With Best Wishes.

    • Dilip Shaw March 11, 2016, 4:15 pm

      Not just govt., but luck, friends, brokers you name it but themselves. Fact is is you lost money and still you are not willing to introspect correctly why you lost then nothing can help you to make money in this business. Stock market is the most uncertain business is the world therefore it is very important to get knowledge about it. Just because the entry level is easy does not mean everybody can make money. In a business where only cash moves from one hand to another, someone has to lose and its logical that one with less knowledge will lose.

      Thanks for the wishes. Best to you too.

  • Abhishek March 10, 2016, 8:54 pm

    Nice article & very inspiring! Thanks Dilip!

  • amit mishra March 10, 2016, 10:11 pm

    Very nice article and such articles are never long to read.
    Second, you don’t to give any disclaimer because fact is fact and nothing to show off.
    Last point in support of the article, it’s the rule of the nature that “if you take responsibility of your mistakes then mother nature will give you the chance to correct those mistakes”.
    Keep writing!!

    • Dilip Shaw March 11, 2016, 4:00 pm

      Correct Amit. Just understanding that we did a mistake and will not repeat will makes our lives better. If you are losing money in stock markets then YOU MUST LEARN about this business as mush as possible. Because otherwise people with knowledge will take your money away.

  • m s rao March 10, 2016, 11:11 pm

    Dilip ji,


    Learning points from this post :

    ‘ The more you learn the better trader you become, and for some strange reason, you also become a better person. ‘.

    U hit the nail on it’s head with this post. This post is an eye opener to me at least if not for many others out there.

    No other post of Ur’s either from the past or the future can beat this one. This will keep shining as The Koh-i-Noor among all Ur posts forever.

    U poured out Ur heart in this post.


    M S Rao

  • anirudh March 11, 2016, 6:55 pm

    nice read thanks for the motivation now i will find time to learn and work harder

    • Dilip Shaw March 13, 2016, 12:48 pm

      If you will work hard, this post will be successful. At least this motivated one person to work hard. Thanks. 🙂

  • satish March 12, 2016, 12:53 pm

    Dear Sir,

    You are absolutely right, we should not blame the others for our failure, but we should try to find mistakes, then try to avoid it. Stock market is the book which u have to read everyday like a student. Life long study is required to make success in ever changing market conditions.

    • Dilip Shaw March 14, 2016, 6:55 pm

      Yes Satish it is very important to learn from our own mistakes and also keep acquiring knowledge of the markets. Thanks.

  • anuradha March 12, 2016, 8:48 pm

    Your words are inspiring and useful too. But can’t say the same thing about your course and the support. I do not want to discuss you course here because it is a commercial product that earns you money. I am too ethical to divulge your course or distribute it to others. I have not received any additional email after enrolling in the course.

    • Dilip Shaw March 13, 2016, 1:01 pm


      You did the course on 2nd March 16.

      I sent you the course materials the same day with all strategies.

      I think you sent an email of doubts and I replied.

      I do not understand what more do you want. How to trade and when to trade the strategies are all written in the documents given to you. You have to start paper trading for about a month and then real trading.

      I do not understand what additional email you are waiting for?

      You can email me personally if you still have any doubts or WhatsApp me since you paid for phone support.


  • RAGUNATHAN March 12, 2016, 11:36 pm

    Hi dilip , as usual it’s an eye opener article. And one more request…. Why don’t you make videos on option trading in YouTube or start an YouTube channel.? Your service is most important for us.

    • Dilip Shaw March 13, 2016, 12:45 pm

      RAGUNATHAN one video will take one day to make. One thing I lack in my life is time. And yes there are already thousands of videos on trading on YouTube, how many of them have you seen? Then the next suggestion could be why don’t you come to my home and teach? If I can take time out to write such articles for free the only thing for you is to read which takes around 5 minutes. I have never seen a single Video on trading paid or free. How many people have become successful entrepreneurs by seeing Videos? However there are thousands of successful business people who read a lot of books daily. In fact you will not find a single successful person who got a lot of knowledge from Videos. To be blunt, Videos are for lazy people that is why they are so successful.
      Hope you got the point. Sorry if you got offended but if this is the way to get in your head then I would rather be rude and get into your head. 🙂

      • Ragunathan March 15, 2016, 10:52 pm

        i understood you are in busy schedule and you are giving your own time to make others rich and successful in life. I saw some videos on option trading. but its not better than reading your article. that’s why i asked. even you can give long and complex strategies in a simple manner in writing how it would be seeing your option trading videos with graphics and real time charts? As you said seeing is diffrent from reading. its like reading a novel and seeing it in silver screen.(there is no scope for the viewer to calculate and create things in his mind)

        //Then the next suggestion could be why don’t you come to my home and teach?// ha..ha…ha… a big LOL…. -;)

        and no need to say sorry….because im NOT lazy to learn things….. -;)

        • Dilip Shaw March 16, 2016, 11:03 am

          You could be right Ragunathan, but the answer is same – I am Sorry I do not have time… Customer service is my priority.. just cannot make videos now.. BTW any suggestion how I can make videos fast?

          • RAGUNATHAN March 16, 2016, 8:47 pm

            Thank u sir,

            I’m sorry i could not suggest how to make fast videos because I’m not a techie….i hope our website readers will help…

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