Hi Everyone, I suppose I am writing because I didn't know if anybody else pursued a similar career path to becoming a trader as I. Anyhow, I am 26 y/o, with little capital saved up towards trading and I have been following the markets for a few years now, struggling to trade profitably. In the past I got beaten down due to my lack of discipline and also lack of true capital (usually only having a couple thousand to trade with) (not a typo, as in $2k, not $20k or $200k. Pathetic? Yes.) Even though I have a laughable amount in my brokerage account, and I will most likely not become the next John Paulson anytime soon, I still don't want to throw in the towel. I know there is still a long way to go until I get enough to either have enough to pay a deposit and trade at a prop firm or have the $25k to retail trade, but my question is, has anyone out there ever over time built up a similar piddly(expletive) amount into something respectable or is it smarter to stay in cash until down the road when I can save up enough and just study the markets in the mean time? I know to make big returns one must take bigger risks, but it seems with what I have financially if I take those bigger risks I can get wiped out and be back at square one. Also, if I stick with more conservative choices, my gains aren't that significant Also, I don't want too be some putz who saves up enough to trade then only fail soon thereafter (while it may be debatable if I am/am not a putz in general, that is for another forum ). All in all, any advice would be helpful, such as is my best hope to go to school and excel and get a job with a firm or is it best to just stay the course and not take failure as an option? Whenever I'm down, I tell myself "Winners never quit, Quitters never win" (Heartwarming, I know, but nonetheless, that's how I stay motivated). Thanks again!