You can't possibly appreciate the impact of your emotions if you have been trading a simulator. It equates zilch-zero with what you'll face if you try to pull a living from the markets with a 25K stake. You're more likely than not to blow through that as tuition. Learning to trade is as much learning what NOT to do, as what to do. And you'll need a decent amount of capital to survive the learning curve. The greatest reason for the failure of any new venture is undercapitalization, and that is true for trading more than most. Concentrate on building a backup career and resume, and a much larger account balance, before even thinking about fulltime trading.