First of all, please let me make clear something...I am not complaining because trading requires lots of work, or strong personnality, or even passion... I m complaining about the fact that it requires, like sports, pure solid genetically gifted genius... academic genius not physical genius in this case What happened... u ask? 1st of all, I love trading, I love tracking, trends, news, and most of all...I love the fact that trading tests your personal psychology and inner traits...and I love the fact you need to produce results in trading more than anything else. However, recently I was speaking with some college alumnis about how to work as a prop trader for a top tier firm in Chicago. They basically told me that these top tier firms care nothing about what I wrote above... that your only chance to get in is through college recruiting. Why you ask? because these firms are looking for one thing...wonder kids or math wizards who have the potential for hardcore quantitative analysis, statistical arbitrage, and know how to use majorly complex trading softwares. Some of these kids who have gotten in didnt even know the first thing about trading or had any passion in it at all...they just applied because they were top level math students or econ grads that only knew trading meant lots of money I thought trading could be done by your average smart person who can build the right personnality and passion for it. It seems now, like most things in life...its about natural selection than passion and guts. I m not saying this is wrong...I m just saying that I have to face the facts...as an indiviudal...I dont have the genetic potential to be successful in high level math or statistics. Just like I dont have the potential to play for the NFL no matter how hard I work or how passionate I am at football. Its just I love trading so much. I dont do it just for the money. Theres a lot of things one can do to make money. I love the who philosophy of it. Its helped me build a lot of character. I guess I m just a lil sad to think I may need to depart with it.