I would like to address an idea that came to me that I think would be of benefit to newer traders. There is a certain mystic that surrounds successful trading and often times it is perpetuated by some traders because it assuages their egos. I'm definitely generalizing but often you will hear that successful traders will need to be " brilliant strategists with lightining like reflexes and nerves of steel". But the reality is that although those qualities are all admirable they are far from necessary to be successful in the markets. First, although strategy is important it does not have to be brilliant. A mediocre strategy executed with discipline and consistency is enough to succeed. I'm defining success as a positive P&L. Secondly, a trader has many options available to them so as not to require super quick reflexes. Scalpers and those doing arbitrage will certainly need it in large supply but there are so many methods which do not require it. Many successful traders only put on 1 or 2 trades a day. Sometimes even less than that. And last, having those big balls (women I mean you too because it's just a figure of speech) is just a creation of a large ego. Experienced Successful traders practice solid money-management. They only risk a very very small portion of their capital on any given trade. Not exactly a swashbuckling scenario. On the contrary, over time , putting trades on may begin to seem routine. So there you have it, trading de-mystifyed, and something very achievable even for the most "average" of people.