can some of you guys please advise....a brief history of my career. started prop trading for a firm in 2001. did well. 2 years later left to go self-employed on a much better deal. did well. average Â£100k/year. i now seem to have lost all motivation for day trading. haven't lost any money - been out of the market for a while and just come back to it. i just feel my heart's not in it...and i'm not sure i want to go on with living life month to month and relying on the whims of the market. true, my markets have become infinitely harder...but i feel i have adapted as best i can, and have hit a brick wall...i.e. not making more money - just enough to tread water. tried bigger size / smaller size etc. anyway - it's not the market that's the problem - it's my attitude. i'm 30 this year. is this a factor? so my question / request for advice is this... what did anyone else do when they got to this stage...did they push on through - dedicate themselves fully - and come out the other side? or did you do something completely different? fyi - i have a good econ degree from a top british uni - fully fsa and eurex reg'd. made some tentative calls to recruitment companies (thinking broking/sales type roles) who all said the same thing - no chance with an institution because you've been a prop trader (which seems a bit unfair?!) this isn't a sob story. true, i do feel slightly bitter that friends of mine with lesser qualifications and market knowledge are raking in big bucks at banks. i could carry on doing this job and have an average income for the forseeable future...but, like i say, it seems that my heart's just not in it. any ideas where to go? ps - sorry for rambling on!!