I beg the benevolent forbearance of moderation on this one for a bit. My rubric is properly psychological because I believe that geography influences character, and most of ET agrees that character influences trading success to some degree. I am a naturalized Texan (as we say, "I wasn't born here, but I got here as fast as I could!"), but innately subscribe to Texas values. I believe that those values contribute mightily to trading success. And I invite fellow Texicans like pspr and Redneck to weigh in. Forgive me if I have forgotten anyone, but I plead terminal CRS syndrome. Pour commencer (we have a substantial French einfluss here), I think Texans tend to be hard minded (not to be confused with hard headed). We are unsympathetic to the values of people, say, in Sanny Franny. We like CA as a place to vacation, but we wouldn't want to pay their taxes. We elect governors who shoot. Hell, we elected a Democrat, Ann Richards, just BECAUSE she's a shotgun shooter! I believe that tough mindedness is essential to a successful trading career. No whining. No pussy blaming the market. Taking immediate personal responsibility for the ills that befall us. Personally, I have persevered as a trader despite manifest evidence that I had little talent for it. I hate to quote a well-known queer, but Michael Stipe said it well: "Oh no I've said too much. I haven't said enough." Over to you, fallow Texians.