I traded 4k account after I laid off several years ago. first I traded very agressively, I went up quickly and I got good enough grubstakes. in those days, I was nervous. but I stick to common sense: buy low and sell high, follow major trend. basically I was fast in and fast out, day trading, when I got stuck, I chose to wait, I did not use stop loss. I once tried stop loss, but I got bad experience about stop loss. I started to become very nervous about being token out by stop loss. frequently I was stopped out, and lost. that ruined my pschology. I started to study TA delibrately, I found the more I study, the more I become nervous. if I play support/resistance, then the market plays trending and breakout; if I play trending/breakout, the market plays resistance/support. when I stick to support/resistance trading, the market keeps trending/breakout; when I stick to trending/breakout, the market keeps support/resistance range band. very frustrated. at some point, I feel I could not do it any more. I feel very strange: when I traded 4k account, how could I go up to 40k ~50k? even I did not have any experience at that moment. trading to me at those days is so natural. but try to become professional, I stumbled. I was puzzled about this paradox. I read through Mark Bouch's trading tutorial. he said: Mr.market selection always beats Mr. market timer. I was puzzled about his statement too. then I suddenly realized. I was too obsessed with TA, and I have misconception about TA: if someone traded with TA, that is professional. also misconception about cutting loss, money management. when I look back to my trades, gee, why I leave so much money on the table. when I look to the indeces, the crisis are heaven sent opportunity to buy, why bother to get out so early, missed lots of big moves in the way up! I realized how dangerous/risky it is frequently in and frequently out! chose a trend and stay there is so safe! when I realize the market is safe no matter what I do, I found I am back to old me again, enjoy the market very much. I will not panic if the market is against me. I will not trade for the sake of pure TA, if I miss key point, not ideal entry, I can tolerate it. I can think 30points againt me in ES as just 1000shares of a 30bucks stock against me 1.5points, 2points in sweet crude against me is a 1000shares of 50 bucks stock. I can ignore 5minutes chart totally! I opened new account in TD beyond IB recently. I started to buy in the money options (long-term, at least 3months ahead), not trade out of money weekly options. man, that feeling is so good. I think that is the moment when I start to become successful.