When I was doing my first tour of Afghanistan I often found myself having plenty of time on my hands. Whilst many of my colleagues entertained themselves with computer games (think Xbox and Playstation) I decided that I was going to try and learn how to work the stock market. Having always had an interest in numbers and logistics it seemed like a natural use of my time – and if I could make some money with it then even better.
Thankfully the unit was shipped out copies of the Wall Street Journal – whilst the copies were usually a bit out of date, there was enough information in there for me to get started. The paper has lots of guest columns from guys who are a lot better at doing this than me, but I started to pick up hints and tips – for example which trades I should be going for etc.
To be honest, there was a lot of shit going down during my first tour, and I found that reading the WSJ was almost a release from the day to day crap we had to deal with. That’s why I still subscribe to the Wall Street Journal to this day – its one connection with being able to calm myself that I can make most days if needed. A lot of my guys, apart from the computer games, didn’t have too many past-times like me so I count myself fortunate to have found this little piece of home thinking whilst all the madness was going on around me.
Now I am back in the States I’ve started to get more involved with trading. It’s a good past-time and helps me to get through the door – and (perhaps more importantly depending on your standpoint) I get to make a little bit of spare money here and there – ALWAYS GOOD!
If any of the subjects in this latest blog post relate to an experience that you might have had whilst serving then here are a few selected links I like which you can have a look through.
No Wall Street Journal Subscription Discount for Veterans?
Of course, it would be good if they offered some kind of Wall Street Journal subscription discount for veterans – I don’t believe they do at the moment though so if any Dow Jones big-wigs are reading this you know what to do.
The Veteran’s site I link to there is very good – offers some exceptional support and some of my old team have had some great help from them so please make sure that you take the time to have a look – or even offer a donation or two.