âBy three methods we may learn trading: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience, which is the most bitter.â - Confucious [Ok, the original had 'wisdom' instead of 'trading'] Reflection/Thinking is the best way to find a trade. You understand the trade. Imitating a successful method is easiest, but you don't understand/own the method yourself. Experience - if you last long enough, you can work some things out by trading until some things sink in. More suffering involved than the other ways.