What do good mechanics and successful automated traders have in common? It must be that both have complete training and education. That is, each must fully know their profession in order to be successful. For automated traders that includes scaling into/out of positions, money management, risk management, position sizing, order tracking, self psychology, portfolio management, diversification, and much more. Now, in contrast, what's the major difference between the training of a mechanic and the education of a successful trader? It appears to be the shocking contrast in the amount of misinformation. Newbie traders undergo an avalanche or false, misleading, misguided, or confusing information. At least, that's the experience of most. Personally, after finally breaking free from the standard "school of thought", I now trade only systems that profit at least 98% of every month. Month after month. In fact, the individual systems in my portfolio statistically all trade at 100% win rates. Some play the long trends, others short trends. Some play the reversion to mean and more. I used to think that traders who claimed 90% plus win rates were either liars, weren't really trading only "curve fitting" or else using some kind of martingale betting strategy with exponential risk. But I don't use any martingale strategy. I simply scale into and scale out of position in, admittedly, a rather clever technique. One fact seems to really stand in the way of many succeeding at this arena and that would the be the tools. How many tools make it effective and easy to thoroughly simulate the market using tick data with portfolios of strategies on a single instrument so you can study and refine your diversification and scaled position sizing ability? Anyway, I was forces to build my own platform to achieve these. So perhaps another difference between mechanics and auto traders that succeed are the tools available. Mechanics with the modern electronic and power tools will repair more cars faster and with greater accuracy that those without the proper tools. Just some thoughts for discussion.