I think a lot of traders start off thinking that they will grow their account organically by trading a small account with one lot and adding more lots with more profits. However - I feel it is nearly impossible to make decent money or even appreciate decent performance when you're trading 1 lot. For example: 10YM points a day on average is like over 15% a year and similarly for ES - 1 point a day average is over 10% a year. Yet when you're trading one lot - averaging 10 YM points or 1 ES point a day feels like shit because its only $50/day. Hence even if you're trading well - you feel like you're constantly under performing and eventually start taking bigger risks and trading more often to 'outperform'. All this increases stress - and you develop bad habits. Now consider increasing size from 1 lot to 10 lots. Now all the sudden your 10YM points and 1ES point a day average now yields $500 a day on average - which is decent money. So now you don't really feel like taking bigger risks or over trading to 'outperform'. I think this can greatly reduce stress. I'm going to give it a try but I'll start with 5 lots first. Obviously - you have to first be performing decently and consistently with 1 lot to even consider sizing up. But I think waiting for organic growth to size up organically is leaving a lot on the table - and exposing yourself to too much stress if you expect to make decent money trading 1 lot. And especially now with the increase in margin requirements waiting for 1 lot to grow to 10 lots (which comes out to 1000% or whatever) is too much to expect. Any thoughts?