You won't find a bigger Hokies fan than my father.
After receiving his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in building construction – a hybrid of architecture and civil engineering – from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University back in 1955, he's been a devout supporter of his alma mater's football team ever since.
And he's not alone.
The entire Barton clan has a deep-rooted history with Virginia Tech.
Not only did I receive my B.S. in chemical engineering from there, both my wife and my brother received their bachelor's and master's degrees from Hokies country. That's a lot of Barton degrees from one school.
In fact, one of my favorite memories is from Christmas of last year. We all gathered at my childhood home in Virginia to watch the Hokies take on the Arkansas Razorbacks in the Belk Bowl – an annual college football "Bowl Game" that pits a leading Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Southeastern Conference (SEC) team against each other.
With our popcorn and cold beverages in hand, we settled in hopes of seeing our alma mater extend its bowl streak to 24 consecutive games – the longest active streak recognized by the NCAA.
But by the end of a disastrous first half, even my father began to have doubts. With Arkansas up 24-0 heading into halftime, it seemed like an insurmountable feat for head coach Justin Fuente to lead the Hokies to victory.
But, as true fans and supporters, we stuck with our team and kept watching.
After refilling our popcorn and topping off our drinks, we watched in anticipation as the whistles blew, signaling the start of the second half.
And what a second half it was.
As a family, we cheered aloud as Virginia Tech scored 35 unanswered points to win 35-24 – the greatest comeback in the Hokie's 124-year history.
Now, there's a reason why I'm sharing this story with you today… outside of bragging about my favorite sports team.
You see, not only does this story underscore a key piece of our 10-Minute Millionaire system, but we can also apply that same sort of victorious satisfaction to one of our recent trades.
Let me show you what I mean…
Patience Is a Virtue
If you want to build true wealth… the kind of wealth that means you never have to worry about the next financial shoe that could drop…
The kind that lets you send your kids to school debt-free…
Or even the kind that lets you have peace of mind heading into retirement, you need patience.
It would have been easy for me and my family to give up on our alma mater, accept defeat, and turn off the game.
But had we lost patience and given up, we would have missed one of the Hokies' crowning moments.
The same can be said for trading.
Investors who don't stick to their "plan" or "system" are quick to jump to conclusions, lose patience, and head for the sidelines – often missing out on the biggest, most profitable stock movements.
If you're going to be a "systems" investor – especially if you're going to be a 10-Minute Millionaire system investor – you need to commit to this.
Once you start with a system, you need to give it a chance to work.
Do that and you'll become a true "master" of this simple system.
Better yet, I can use our recent "Wild West" trade to prove it…
About the Author
Nationally recognized technical trader. Background in engineering, system designs, and risk reduction. 26 years in the markets.