Becoming the Top Trader I quit my job 3 years ago, as I was tired of the bullshit at work and needed to give myself a real break. I had lots of success in my career and being 35+ I needed to find myself again, getting away from the negative stress not following your own true bliss. I did nothing for like 8 months, spent time with my family and friends, at the beach and didnât even think about work. Then, I slowly started to work on some projects to start up some new businesses, while starting to spend a little bit more time trading (mainly position trading). I had more than U$ 1.000.000 dollars saved being 35+ so I felt really safe quitting my job. Now, after owning my own house etc I have like U$ 800.000 for investments and trading. Anyhow, during the last years at my work I kept trading every week or so, sometimes winning and sometimes losing but I was probably down U$ 100.000 or so after following a lot of lousy broker advices and not understanding trading at all. To make a story shorter, I ended up determined understanding why I couldnât consistently win on trading being intelligent and well-educated. I started to read some books and bought more until I ended up reading almost everything there is while buying Wealth-lab and digging deep into the systems design. Having a finance MBA as well as a masterâs degree in engineering, I also digged deep into heavy trading and finance stuff as well as getting into the study of psychology. I have read almost everything there is which seems to be good, like Van Tharp, Elder, Kaufman, Chande, Conway, Schwartz, Schwager, Katz, Jorion, Hull, Malkiel, Alexander, Shiller, Lefevre, OÂ´Neil, Fosback etc etc and I am not going to mention the titlesâ¦... Also, I have really gone through Van TharpÂ´s Peak Performance Home Study course (knowing my weaknesses and strengths much better and also what I need to get better at in terms of trading) and am developing my own Trading Plan which is going to be completed in a few couple of weeks, as well as taking a Series 7 license. This I started like 2 years ago. I thought I had come far after 1 year when I started to test trade some of my systems. Then I understood I had lots more to learn and stopped trading, to really try to learn everything about trading and what mistakes others have done before taking up the trading again. Since then I have traded very few, except for live trading some of my own systems and I really know now how slippage, commission, limit orders etc work and the difference between back testing and actually trading live. A major part of my capital I have put in a portfolio of hedge funds using portfolio modeling expecting to have around 15% long term which will keep paying my living. I know some trading strategies that some friends are doing fine with in day trading, but I want to wait a little bit more to trade them, maybe just test trade them. I also am working on some position and swing trading systems to add up to my âportfolioâ. As it seems there are some really good traders in this forum, it would be interesting to get your thoughts on my next steps. After a long time, I have learnt all of the basic stuff like cut your losses short, let your wins run, position sizing, stop-losses as well as more complicated trading stuff for stocks, options, futures and commodities. I really want to become very good at this! What would you do next? Looking forward to hear from you.