There is a legitimate way, but perhaps not in the way you perceive. It is a tricky road. Sig, sle, Des and OMM are not telling you that you are an idiot. I, ME, are telling you that you are an idiot if you simply ignore them and what they say. Meanwhile, just TRY it with live real money trading! Stop with the academic, and give it a shot with your cash! Your academia will only get you so far. Just try your methods of long and short, and see how it goes! You have to learn when to listen to the peanut gallery, and when to ignore them. You'll only get that confidence by doing it with real money, man.