Today we’d like to introduce you to Paula T Webb Ph.D.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Paula. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
In the 1980s, I was manager of the first commodities exchange (The MidAm in Chicago) to offer mini-contracts. I learned how the markets work first by working at the exchange, and then by opening a trading account and trading the minis. I then worked at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange as a phone clerk, while learning how to trade full-size contracts. In the late 1980s, I met my future husband, Mark Douglas – who created the field of “trading psychology” along with Dr. Van K. Tharp.
This began a lifetime of collaborative award-winning materials including “Trading in the Zone,” “Independent Prosperity” and “Becoming the Disciplined Trader” to name just a few of our 20+ books, which are taught at a number of prestigious universities such as Wharton School of Business. We traveled the globe (to 16 countries), helping traders and non-traders alike become the most prosperous they can be. We hosted numerous workshops here in the U.S. and abroad, and I began coaching traders myself in 1999; I also began hosting interfaith prayer brunches in my home which lasted for 5 years.
I founded the AMI in 2004, which provides online classes in Humane Leadership, and we co-founded Global Publishing House in 2002, which provides a literary agent and independent film services. Mark passed away unexpectedly in 2015, and my journey was interrupted at that point – but I found that my goals were still the same, and my joy for teaching and assisting others was still just as pertinent now, as it always has been, and I am continuing our work forward.
My approach, as an ordained New Thought Minister, has always been one of instilling the belief and mindset that one has to be in alignment with their goals in body, mind, and spirit – to achieve what you seek. This is accomplished through teaching how to instill a belief and practice of personal reflection, meditation, believing in universal abundance, having a sense of self-worth, and knowing you are a success right now, here today. When you believe you are a success right now, then you can allow yourself to achieve more.
In other words, I help people give themselves permission to go for the gold, and along the way de-energize limiting or non-productive beliefs that sabotage their goals, and instill more productive ones.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Creating a new idea, or field of research is never easy. Many people along my journey thought we were crazy – “…who needs trading or prosperity psychology…?” And today – many people claim to be experts in this field that we created, simply because they have heard about our materials and either pirate them, or use them without permissions claiming they were authorized by me because my reputation in the investment world is timeless.
And frankly, once Mark Douglas realized the extent that people were using our name and our reputation to build their own businesses behind our backs – I think this is one of the reasons he passed away. He was extremely generous, and yet many people felt the need to steal from us – to this day. Once he was gone, many people felt they could outright steal our books and place free downloads on their websites, again to build their brokerage businesses.
This has been a huge struggle for me – not only did I lose my best friend, but I lost 100% of my income due to these thieves. I never had the chance to grieve because I am constantly putting out fires with regard to the piracy.
However! A light at the end of the tunnel… it does exist! I have still managed to publish five new books along the way, hire a great attorney to fight these pirates, and am slowly branding my name again. I have risen, as they say, from the ashes.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the www.paulatwebb.com story. Tell us more about the business.
What sets me apart from all others is the fact that I walk the talk. I have been there. I have been broke, I have been flush, I have been broke again (after Mark’s passing) – and yet I still manage to live in a nice [rented] condo in a gated community; wear a designer wardrobe (from consignment shops), re-build my business from scratch, create new and best-selling products, so when I advise clients as to how to go about reaching their goals, I know of what I speak.
Very few other people out there have experienced what I have, and there is nothing that I might hear that would surprise me or stump me in helping my clients. In other words, it is my belief that if you have not experienced something – and resolved it positively – then you cannot advise someone else about resolving a similar challenge. And if someone does ask me something I have no knowledge of – I have no problem telling them to seek advice elsewhere.
My main focus is helping traders develop the correct mindset to accomplish their goal of increasing their equity. This requires self-reflection on their part – and working on essay questions I provide them after chatting together in a coaching session. I am an award-winning author of 20+ books on goal achievement, as well as having earned the title of the “Guru” of trading/prosperity psychology.
I am an industry mogul providing not only trading psychology materials but more importantly a positive role model and influence to anyone seeking to improve their lives, because I know what I am talking about, having been there myself.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I do not believe in luck. Any good or bad that happens is up to you. With regard to the piracy of my materials – to be honest, we were not as forthright as we should have been when it started. We left a lot of the monitoring up to the initial publisher of our books, and they did nothing. So, was that bad luck? No. It was simply a fact of not knowing what we didn’t know at the time.
And now, I am handling it through the proper legal channels and authorities. Is that good luck? No. It is simply a fact that I know what to do forward. And not all the piracy was done by strangers…over 50% was (and still is) done by people I either coached, or had a short telephone call with, or even from people I have known for decades and who have been to my home for dinners. Is that bad luck?
No. Again, it is simply a fact of knowing that in today’s world, unless you have a written agreement that you are 100% clear about, you cannot know if someone you know will steal from you or not. So, there is no luck involved – there is only knowledge!
- Website: www.paulatwebb.com
- Phone: 7608329297
- Email: Paula T Webb PhD
- Twitter: @_MarkDouglas_
- Other: www.globalpublishinghouse.com