Bitcoin slumped over 50% from its all-time high.
While these drawdowns are always painful, they are nothing out of the ordinary.
In fact, Bitcoin has experienced plenty of such drawdowns in its history.
Just take a look at the chart below.
Holding through multiple 50 to 80% crashes takes an insane level of conviction and mental resilience. Those with experience understand that you don’t get the right to enjoy exponential return without stomaching lots of pain along the way.
I thought I would share a few quotes from investing legends that may help you alleviate the pain.
Here are a few of my favorites:
“You make most of your money in a bear market, you just don’t realize it at the time.”
“Buy when there’s blood in the streets, even if the blood is your own.”
I've always said the key organ here isn't the brain. It’s the stomach. When things start to decline - there are bad headlines in the papers and on television - will you have the stomach for the market volatility and the broad-based pessimism that tends to come with it?
“Volatility is good. Stock Market volatility is what helps it give you stellar returns.”
“The first rule of investment is ‘buy low and sell high,’ but many people fear to buy low because of the fear of the stock dropping even lower. Then you may ask: ‘When is the time to buy low?’ The answer is: When there is maximum pessimism.”
“For the investor who knows what he is doing, volatility creates opportunity.”
“The best way to measure your investing success is not by whether you’re beating the market but by whether you’ve put in place a financial plan and a behavioral discipline that are likely to get you where you want to go.”
“Far more money has been lost by investors trying to anticipate corrections than lost in the corrections themselves.”
“Invest for the long haul. Don’t get too greedy and don’t get too scared.”
“Your success in investing will depend in part on your character and guts and in part on your ability to realize, at the height of ebullience and the depth of despair alike, that this too, shall pass.”
“The intelligent investor is a realist who sells to optimists and buys from pessimists.”
“The stock market is a device to transfer money from the impatient to the patient.”
To sum up, it’s essential to realize if you want to be a day trader or an investor. If you’re trying to outsmart the markets or simply dollar-cost-average into a great asset.
The investing legends and the data confirm that the DCA investors tend to overperform the traders over the long term.
So ask yourself what kind of investor are you?