I would be careful not to listen to things such as: bring a large sum of cash, open an account with a discount broker, make sure screen contains a lot of colours and charts of all sorts, stare at screen for whole day, some TV behind you, voice from pits, etc. There is only one thing where there might be a difference with a pro: the bottom line. Except that "you would look like a pro." You need education my friends, and possibly a longer time frame. In trading, people lunch on cash from other trader's cash. So it is either no lunch for all, or lunch for some and hunger for others. PS: I will be surprised if this thread stays here. Most likely it would fall to CC, which is fine with me. I want it to fall down there as a matter of fact.