I am new to trading, but I am not at the same time. I got my start in hedging for a grain elevator that I owned back in the mid 1990's. In all I have traded off and on for 20 years. I have had big runs of success and failure. I have consistently traded commodities. Lately only the ES. Recently I came to a place in my life where I had the opportunity to trade full time. In the past, mostly, I was trading around other things in my life. My first day to trade as a full time trader was March 27th, 2013. I am down 82% from where I started. I work 8-15 hours a day 5-7 days a week trying to figure out what my edge may be. I obviously have not found one yet. My confidence is unshaken. But, maybe that is a bad thing... My fear is that with all of my work, reading and such that I am still not making forward progress. I guess I already know that you probably can't give me any concrete answers. And, I guess, I am not really asking for any. Hell, I don't even know what to ask for. I learn as I go from the mistakes I make; or at least I try to learn. I clearly see all the ways I started wrong. But, am I truly closer to being profitable? I guess reading some of the posts by Jack Hershey and others I realize how far I have yet to go. I wonder if my early successes have hurt me rather than helped me. My "system" is a technical one based on price action and volume. No indicators. Well, I use ATR to help place stops. I generally try to find term trends and or play reversals. I am not looking for sympathy, but I sure don't need more ass kicking...the market has provided me with plenty of that.