Hi All, I feel like a few of the traders here on ET are at this stage in their development or have passed it. I am just curious how you guys dealt with it. So, I started this thread back on Dec 5, 2016 just a few weeks before a personal family tragedy hit us. https://www.elitetrader.com/et/threads/need-advice.304928/ Anyhow, here I am in Aug 2018. I'm a significantly BETTER trader than I was back in Dec 5, 2016. I'm actually net profitable on most of my recent trades. I've developed and expanded in several directions. I got rid(for the most part) most of bad trading habits. I practiced a lot and made significant money and progress in sim. Now I'm making decent to great money in my REAL accounts. Catching great moves. Some with size/huge leverage across different instruments(futures & cryptos). There are days where I make more than my entire day of my consulting biz. Most recently, I made in one trade in my real account that approaches what I would make in an entire month. Now, I don't expect that to be the norm. But the possibility is out there. More importantly, I cut cut losses faster than before. In my most recent run, my biggest winner is 10x my recent loser on actual money. I mean this is not the long-term average(yet) but just to show I have the discipline to ride winners and cut losers. It's a sign of good trading habit. I feel like there's a semblance of an edge. Cautiously optimistic. So, this is exciting time for me! I feel like I'm at the edge of endless possibilities. I would never imagine I would be here back in 2016 or definitely not in 2001-2003(my first try/ foray into day trading & prop trading). Since 2003 I went back into corporate world, grad school, then moved up the corporate ladder, have a family, etc. For those of you who are noobs, yes, it can be done. It takes a long, long, long time. At least for me it did. Is it worth it? It's up to you. There is always opportunity cost to everything. I did it full-time for only a few years. The rest of the time I did it on and off in between corporate jobs. I think that's the safest route. Because to make a living from this requires a lot of skills, patience, and capital. One must have to have a backup plan and develop other career skills and assets to pay your bills. Yet, I feel like there's still so much more to develop. From a consistent loser(to be honest that's what I was) to now a decent trader, it was a treacherous journey with so many disappointments. These last few months have been a dramatic change and positive development. I feel like one always need to develop more edges in your toolbox. There's always room for improvements. This is a field where the learning and improvement are never-ending. Which is fun, exciting, but also daunting. How did the consistently profitable traders who make a decent living deal with the uncertainties? I mean even when you have an edge the future is unpredictable as we all know. You make some. You lose some. As long as your winners are bigger than your losers in the long run then you are fine. Or the best antidote is to always have other stable source of income and trade on the side forever... I'm at a stage where I feel it makes sense to scale... I have tiptoed into scaling.. Just curious. Thanks in advance.