It's been nearly 5 years since I was laid off and 3+ years since I started trading. My wife and I started this as a team. Now it's just me and some help from my kids. Each year I've gotten better. I've now pulled out all of my initial investment plus enough to buy a house. Next year I'm planning on putting the pedal to the metal. I don't see any sense in just trading for a living when a couple of bad years and you're looking at very hard times. My goal for next year is to make at least 500k gross profit (after commissions but before taxes). Anyone else care to share their goal?