Before you read this post , you should first take a look at my first imfamous post here: http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=78466. Now here's my update. Man!!! How naive I was when I made my first post!!! I recently graduated and joined a prop firm. Came into this firm all gung ho, feeling like the MAN, thinking I knew everything and shit and BAM!!!! I lose around 1000 right off the bat in a couple days. It's been approximately two months since I joined this firm and I'm on the verge of finishing off my first deposit of 5000. Below is a picture of my equity curve... <a href="http://img150.imageshack.us/my.php?image=equitycurveem9.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/6/equitycurveem9.th.jpg" border="0" alt="Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us" /></a> As those of you who trade know, trading can be a very humbling experience. You can throw all your hopes and dreams straight down to the toilet. I've been been getting ripped a new asshole trying to trade on a daily basis, LOL!!! It looks my goal of obtaining $200,000 in 2008 is all but improbable. It's possible, but highly improbable. My first goal should simply be this: survival!!! I have to stay in this game long enough to know how to play this game until i start to "GET" it. The advice I received in this thread was gold. I was an immature, naive dumbass blind kid, having a false sense of hope, ignoring all advice, thinking everyone was trying to get to me and put me to the floor. I guess I had to get my ass handed to me before I started opening my eyes. I had to get my ass pummeled to the floor, experience hungry non-forgiving traders taking my money away from me(like taking candy from a baby) to understand what some of you had to go through and what some of you were trying to get through to me. I apologize for my naivety and ignorance to all who I ridiculed and ignored. With that said, I have to ask you guys a question(preferably those who went the prop route and/or trade on an intraday basis). What did you guys do to start making money(6 figures or more) on a consistent basis? Share me and everyone else your story of the trials and tribulations you faced when you started trading and the key determining factors that contributed to your success, what you learned through this journey, etc. etc. It'll be a good weekend read with all this snow up in NYC!!!