I've just reached my one year anniversary of trading, it has been decent. A little about how I trade and with what: I have about 500K TOTAL in my trading account, and about 10% of that in the bank. My annual nut, including saving 20% of (anticipated) profits, is 100K. So, if I can make 100K, pay 30 in taxes, put 20 in the bank, that leaves me with 50K to pay my nut. In my first year, I made 100K profit (102 to be exact). I trade electronic mkts only, and a few pit straddles/strangles. I start year 2 with 500K to trade with, and 70K in the bank. My question is: am I just running on a treadmill here?? I know that if I can be consistent, my account will grow....but isn't this too slow?? Can I keep this up and ever grow this into something substantial?? Some years will be better, and some will be worse. I realize that. I'm just a little frustrated feeling that I didn't make ENOUGH and that to TRY and do that would expose myself to additional risks that I would rather not take. I easily could trade with bigger size, but i trade scared and always assume i'm wrong. Is this conservatism going to kill me? Or is it a good thing.. Just looking for some words from an experienced trader who may understand what i'm thinking... Cheers...Happy New Year (glug glug) PS - the wife took me to the Olive Garden - which was lovely..can you say 'gift certificate'?