Those of you who fancy zen know the parable. For those who don't, a novitiate asked a master "What did you do before you achieved enlightenment?" "Chop wood, carry water." "What did you do after you achieved enlightenment?" Well, now you know the punch line. Why do I post this? Because I want to disabuse struggling traders of the notion that trading success will have the secondary benefit of changing them for the better. Admittedly, I took the route of systematic algorithmic trading, which does not require one to develop the divine immanence Jack Hershey implies is necessary. Sure, I had to develop SOME discipline to get to this happy state, but now that I have it made I have gone back to my long accustomed slovenly disgusting self-indulgent ways. My goal always was to be utterly undeserving of success.