How I Balance My Life as a Soldier, Business Owner, and Stock Trader

Posted by Kaleb Wynne on

It’s 4:30 AM, and my alarm is going off. There aren’t enough snooze buttons in the world for me right now.

 

I finally get up around 4:50, put on my PT uniform, and head to base to do PT with my squad at 5:30. I get home around 7:00 to shower, put on my uniform, eat breakfast, and head to work, where I usually remain until about 11:30 or 12:00 when I start my lunch break.

 

During my lunch break of about 30 minutes, I head out to my car and open my stock trading app on my phone. This short amount of time is all I have each day to buy and sell stocks or options for that day, so I have to make it count. With my trades placed, I head back inside to work until around 3:45-3:50 PM. Gotta get to my car to place any emergency last-minute stock trades before the market closes at 4:00 PM. Then it’s time to fight standstill traffic, but at least I’m heading home.

 

It’s now 4:30 PM, and I’m home. I open my laptop to check on sales for the day so far—huh, slightly better than yesterday. I need to tweak some product listings, website layout, and other areas so hopefully tomorrow will be even better. I spend a few hours doing so, then I finally eat dinner and relax for a couple hours by watching TV or reading a book.

 

Finally around 10 PM, it’s time to shower and go to bed for that short, but much-needed 5-ish hours of sleep. I know I’m creating a sleep-deficit over the week, but it’s ok, because once Friday night arrives, I can make it up.

 

Overall, it’s not a perfect life, but I’ve found this schedule to be the most compatible with my various responsibilities, and it pays off. Every day my business gets slightly better. Every day my balance with my stock broker gets slightly higher (on average). Sometimes I have off days where I lose money in stocks, but it usually bounces back, so I’ve learned not to panic. Other days are particularly lucky, so those days I make a slightly higher profit.

 

All the while, my life as a soldier makes me stronger (physically, mentally, and emotionally), more responsible, and more valuable to potential employers after the military if my stock trading and my business don’t scale to the point of self-sufficiency by then.

 

At this point in my life, I’m considering creating training courses to teach people how I do everything I do. Maybe I’ll get started on that soon. But for now, feel free to read my blog posts on each subject. We all have to start somewhere!

 

Let me know if you have any questions, and I’ll always be willing to answer or help with anything you need.

 

Stay positive, stay healthy, and stay happy!

 

Your friend,

Kaleb


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