please think for a moment about the following: when a new trader starts trading, he will make certain losses and blow at least a few percent of his starting capital in the trading account. the more he learns about the markets and about what works best for him, he should (hopefully) be able to make back those initial losses and return back to the break even area of his trading account. so after trading for a few weeks, months, or whatever, he is back where he once started. except that one should now be able to start making money by doing just the trades he feels comfortable with and which already made it possible to make back the first losses. but what obviously often seems to happen at this critical point is, that it turns out to be very difficult to conquer the land of gains and stay there for ever. there are gains - there are losses - and suddenly trading seems to be much harder than it was before. though it should actually become a easier - considering that at this point a trader already knows much more about trading than he knew when he started. so - what makes it so difficult for a break even trader to become a real profitable trader???