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Christian J Smith

Tell us your name and a little about yourself.

My name is Christian J Smith, also known as “Mr. Frost” or just “Frost”. I am a 20-year old American Trader, Investor, and Entrepreneur. I was born in Bronx, New York where I attended Mount Saint Michael Academy for high school. This was followed by a brief three months where I attended Iona College to study Business and Finance before I dropped out to pursue trading and entrepreneurship full-time. The truth is before graduating high school I was already achieving much success with my forex trading and entrepreneurial endeavors making lots of money. I would say that I am popularly known for founding my brand FrostFXTheMarketMasters, a trading community and educational platform that has garnered hundreds of members in over 15+ countries around the world. I am also one of the youngest successful traders in my industry and have been named a “Top 10 Entrepreneur to Watch out for in 2020” by Yahoo Finance.

 

What exactly does your company do?

FrostFXTheMarketMasters.com is an educational platform and community where people learn how to trade in the Forex Market, and connect with other like-minded individuals in the industry. Aside from providing my clients with a structured educational course, I’ve also done mentorships within the FrostFX community. At FrostFXTheMarketMasters I host webinars in real-time, within the market, during the trading week where we hop on the charts – we look over trades we have taken, trades we plan to take, and overall continue building the foundation and understanding for how the market moves -both fundamental and technical analysis – using that knowledge, skill, and experience to become consistently profitable within the market. The main goal and the end result is people developing self-sufficiency within the market. The main key to success is in a person taking the time to invest into their education, having the patience to learn and practice trading until things click for them, and most importantly work on building up capital that they can use when they are ready to make the jump and trade live within the market. This is a 5.3 trillion dollar a day market, which means there is literally no limit to the amount of money that one can make, however, it is a person’s skill level, appetite for risk, and capital on hand that determines that outcome long term. In a market where the odds are statistically stacked against you, a person should ensure that they are doing the best they can to rig the odds in their favor by developing an edge – investing in their self-education learning from those having success, and most importantly learning from their own successes and failures within the market.

 

What were the biggest challenges you have faced and how did you overcome them?

One of the biggest challenges for me as a trader and entrepreneur was learning how to tune out the noise of the world so that I could get more in tune with myself. I was scared to follow my intuition because I was allowing the opinions of everyone else around me to distract me – opinions that had nothing to do with me living a happy life. I had to overcome a fear that was holding me back from living my best life. When I think of fear, I am not thinking of the hard-wired part of our brains that instinctually makes us perceive things as dangerous, such as some insects or animals. When I think of fear as an entrepreneur, I think about the thoughts and opinions placed into our minds by the outside world about why we should be afraid of doing something, or why we aren’t capable. These thoughts and opinions have nothing to do with us, rather this “fear” is nothing more than a test to see if a person has what it takes to stand against the world and go after their goals at all costs if that’s what it takes. A quote of mine is that “The universe rewards those worthy of its treasure”. Becoming worthy in this case means being so passionate, believing so much in something that you risk everything for it to make it happen, looking past all the naysayers, doubt, and outside influences trying to turn you away from your goal(s). It is when you do this that the “treasure” truly becomes yours. Fear is an illusion, and I believe that to be true because we are living in the matrix. All one has to do is “wake up” so that they can finally hear their own thoughts and opinions, without allowing their life to be dictated by other people’s thoughts and opinions.

The way I overcame this fear and woke up from the matrix was by going “Monk Mode”. Monk Mode is the key to freeing your mind. In life, I believe a majority of people are sleeping sheep, and they let fear lead them. They never truly live a life of their own, because they never learned to have thoughts and opinions of their own. You have to be willing to disappoint people in order to live your best life, because people will try to swindle you out of living a life that’s best for you, to a life that’s best for them. You have to stop asking people for permission to live your life, and just live it. Some will accept your decisions, but some never will. The trick is in knowing to just keep moving forward regardless. I learned that a major way to help with this is by changing your circle, and associating with other high-quality individuals that don’t judge you for being you, but rather push you to become even better.

 

What piece of advice do you wish someone had given you at the start of your career?

Stay open-minded. Sometimes the things that you won’t change, and that’s real. You must be in a growth mindset, and always open to adapting to the ever-changing conditions within the marketplace. We often get to a place where we think we’ve got it all figured out. We can get stubborn about the way we do things refusing to adapt, and I’ve learned that it is a very dangerous place to be. We must always be learning, and most importantly learning more about ourselves – never staying in one place too long – always evolving. If you aren’t growing then you’re dying, and that goes for both you and your business.

I think one thing we all need to do more of is spending more dedicated time thinking and getting clear on who we are, what we want, our intentions, and what we stand for. I’ve learned that sometimes on our journey we can get sidetracked, and lose sight of the things that truly matter. It’s easy to start getting caught up in the hype, people-pleasing, and so caught up in our daily routines that we become a slave to our own businesses. This happens if we never take a step back for self-reflection, and to make sure that everything we are doing and saying is an accurate reflection of who we are and goes back to an important key – happiness and fulfillment. This is why “Monk Mode” is the red pill we all need, and the key to living a rich life.

 

Who are your biggest influences and people you admire and why?

Usain Bolt the professional Jamaican sprinter is definitely one of my earliest influences, and he began to shift my mindset to one of a winner. An eight-time Olympic gold medallist, Bolt is the only sprinter to win Olympic 100 m and 200 m titles at three consecutive Olympics (2008, 2012 and 2016). Owing to his achievements and dominance in sprint competitions, he is widely considered to be the greatest sprinter of all time. Watching Usain Bolt’s races and seeing him dominate really instilled motivation in me from a young age to go out and be the best that I can be. Another reason I admire Bolt is that I am of Jamaican descent, – my parents and immediate family are Jamaican – so in many ways, Usain Bolt is one of my people. It is always motivating to see one of your people reach such great heights of success.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is another person that I admire, as his story is very inspirational. I highly recommend reading his book “Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story”. Reading that book completely shifted my mindset in my early stages as an entrepreneur. Just like Usain Bolt, you could say that Arnold literally came from the “dirt” and it’s crazy to see what they made of their life despite the fact. Knowing where Arnold has come from and then seeing how he propelled himself into a bodybuilding career claiming 7x Mr. Olympia, becoming a successful actor, and as of 2019 becoming Governor of California is just insane. It goes to show that life is truly what you make it.

Not an actual person, but Green Lantern the DC Comics superhero is one of the people I admired growing up. There was something in seeing him take the ring, and being able to transform anything in his mind into a reality that truly stood out to me. Also, I must say that the author Paulo Coelho is someone that has greatly influenced my life with his famous book, “The Alchemist”. That one book has guided me in my life over the past few years, and I am positive that I would not have received many of the blessings that I have come by if I had not read that book. The book “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki is the first business book I ever read at 17 years old, and it jump-started my career as an entrepreneur. Gary Vaynerchuck and Tai Lopez definitely planted lots of seeds and played a big role in regards to influencing my mindset as an entrepreneur as well.

 

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are?

There are so many people that have helped me along the way, but when it comes to my success as an entrepreneur, and me being me today I am grateful for my best friend Saif Parchment. We met each other in high school at Mount Saint Michael Academy. He doesn’t kiss up to anyone, and he’s one of the most down to earth people I know, he tells it like it is. In fact, when it came to my entrepreneurial endeavors that began my junior year of high school, he was more supportive than even my own family, and that relationship still hasn’t changed till this very day. We both ran on the track and cross country team, and he helped me to find a beast/drive within me that I never knew before, and it carried into everything else. He has this laser focus to win and improve, and an obsession for being the best, which in many ways helped in regards to my own mindset as an entrepreneur. He was even there from the very beginning of when I started my first trading community – helping me name the community and giving me feedback when I created my first company logo. We traded forex together during class, took the same academic classes, and worked hard together after school for cross country practice. I like to say that our relationship is like Goku and Vegeta from the show Dragon Ball Z. We both pushed each other to grow in many different ways, and we’ve created a bond that can’t be broken.

 

What do you see as your greatest success in life?

Me being aware that I am alive, and deciding to do something about it.

 

How can people follow your journey? Please list your social media URLs

www.instagram.com/officialfrost/

 

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