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Funded Traders Posted by Team Topstep October 2, 2021

Meet Funded Trader Dustin From Des Moines

A Safer Way To Trade

Meet Dustin, a funded trader from Des Moines, Iowa, and a former penny stock trader. Dustin sat down with Topstep Performance Coach Dan Hodgman to talk about his transition from stocks to futures and highlight some of the lessons he learned along the way.

Like many new traders, when Dustin first got into the markets, he had BIG dreams about making BIG bucks. But, instead, he discovered that you could lose money in the markets just as quickly as you can make it. And, after letting a small fortune slip through his fingers, he set out to find a safer way to learn about and profit from the financial markets.

The Road To Topstep

Dustin’s search for an alternative eventually led him to Topstep. What appealed to him the most was the low barrier to entry, the profit potential that futures provide, and the community of traders and educators available to him at Topstep.

It didn’t take long for Dustin to genuinely appreciate the value of the Trading Combine®. He came to the realization that the purpose of the Topstep evaluation process is to help prepare him for the real-life successes and failures that professional traders face daily. After that, he started pushing himself even harder to get better.

From then on, the name of the game was ‘consistency.’ Dustin used the rules and targets to develop a trading strategy that suited his lifestyle. He learned that you don’t need to be in the market all day, every day, to be successful. So instead of trying to knock it out of the park on every trade, he focused on making smaller consistent profits, and soon enough, he had earned his own Funded Account®.

At Topstep, we understand all too well that trading is not easy. The rules and targets of the Trading Combine are designed solely to help you find consistency in your trading. They are not a roadblock. Instead, they are a catalyst to long-term success. Use them to your advantage, and you might just find yourself part of the Topstep funded family too!