I wonder how many other traders have experienced this frustration: You started trading stocks at least 5 years ago, when trading was fun. The movements of stocks had a rhyme or a reason. You were reading the tape, specialist, marketmakers, news, chart or whatever... but most importantly you had a good "feel" for what was happening in a stock. You could almost trade and profit instinctively. Even losing money was somewhat fun, because you sensed that a buyer or seller was gone and you were a hero for getting out fast when you saw that happening. It was a sword-fight to be sure, but the game seemed fair and you knew your opponent and countered his moves. Moves were smoother, ticks were six cents, and there was enough liquidity to average into some nice sized positions. That has all turned into an utter sloppy mess. You are regrettably now dealing with a tedious daily grind trying to make what you can with small positions that you can get out of in low liquidity. Watching the penny ticks is tortuously boring and makes you regret starting another day of this slow monotony. Your once exciting job now feels like working an old factory assembly line. One thousand stocks became like trading futures due to the SHO rule. Boxes, penny scalper and nx'rs wreak havoc everywhere thanks to all the new regulations over the past few years. Of course to survive you must adapt and adjust, and you need to keep yourself motivated to do so. Would anyone like to share how they have kept themselves motivated to withstand the drudgery and adapt to the new market over the years?