So I just read this Imagine: How Creativity Works. It's a very good book. Similar in many ways to The Tipping Point which has been a best-seller for years. It's well written and covers a variety of topics all equally fascinating. I'm not trying to sell the book. Get it from your local library for free like I did.
I'm mentioning it because there is one concept that connects to successful companies and people -- they tend to be well-connected. After reading this book, I realized just how powerful and important Twitter is -- particularly for stock traders. Staying connected to a constant stream of ideas, and focusing your stream to display the top traders, is only going to improve your own learning curve. Trading is mostly a lonely endeavor.
So the key idea I would recommend to all traders is -- always be enhancing and refining your network. Whether you use Twitter or belong to a chat room -- these connections will only serve to improve your results.
If you aren't already part of the human network of Twitter, you could always follow me -- and then follow some of the people I follow. I am always looking for new traders to follow and occasionally dropping someone when I realize their tweets add no value. But definitely cultivate your online network -- I believe now, that is vastly more important than most traders realize.