From my experience working with MANY trtaders, you are very wrong! Here is a question for you. You might have posted it somewhere and I missed it, but anyhow, how much money have you paid in commissions last year and how much money have you made? Remeber that evey gross dollar you take out of the market comes from someone elses pocket. The question is how much of that money do you keep in your pocket? My definition of a good active trader (over 20 round trip trades a month) is someone who is profitable and has earnings to commission ratio greater than 5. But that's my definition. Why? Because I know of 2-Mil-a-year traders who blew out in their first down year because their ratio was less than one to one! I've mentioned before that reading your journal was like looking in the mirror 15 years ago. Although you are taking the turn into the business world now with management etc., which I never did. Anyhow, as I told you on the phone, most of the GREAT traders I know are out of the market completely at least 1/4 of the year. There are only a few that achieve longevity in this business with one to one ratio. There are plenty who achieve it with ratios greater than 5. This is some food for thought, but if you have common sense and can do some simple math, you will see why a down year will wipe a trader like this out. I've seen it happen many times. Good Trading PS: I was glad to see you pull out of the slump May the force be with you.