I've actually started working for myself as a indepedent trader just about a month ago. Since I left the firm, I've had a little chip on my shoulder bothering me. Performance wise, I'm doing better. I'm not satisfied but I've made money consistantly before and consistant alone also. Still, there's a little awkwardness I have inside. Usually, writing posts in here tends to refresh and straighten out what I have in mind but what I write seems to be confused. It seems like I've lost the sharpness within me that I've had while working at a firm. Philosophically, it all comes down to what I seek for and I might have had a different sub-conscious objective toward trading. Or it has changed when I left my old job. So to all the profitable people. What comes after consistent profitability? or What comes after becoming financially secure? Is monetary performance the most important for trading?