Well, I must say this has been a great thead so far..I agree with almost everyone on here and ya, this is a tough game. But how relevant are stats?..I'm a young trader who is just finally starting to get a "feel" for the markets. I've been doing this for almost a year now. I simply LOVE it!...There are people who want to always throw odds at your face. I was a good boy went to school, got my finance degree, then ended up running bars for 7 years..Go figure, I was told over and over again the %90 of all knew business's go under within the first year..However in 7 years I opened 3 bars and did very well..And surprisingly for not knowing much about the bar industry, I never went "under"....I perservered with HARD work and most importantly DETERMINATION!...Stats to me are nothing more than numbers that people LOVE to quote ( excuses when things get tough )..If you want to succeed in life and in this game, you have to put your WHOLE heart and your nuts out there everyday..Yes, you need a plan, yes you need money management, yes you need skill and you need DESIRE. The markets are not here for people to get rich. They are here for the rich to swallow more and only get fatter...My point is ( to the original poster )..everyones experience will differ, everyone will rave their system is the best...And EVERYONE will throw odds at you...You can overcome any odds in life if you really want to.....Hang in there, any only bite off as much as you can chew.