I've been studying trading for a while now and think that day trading fits my personality best so that is what I have been focusing on for the past couple of months, and today was my first day of live trading. I learned so much more than I ever learned paper trading or sitting here reading about strategies. I was trading mostly citigroup (NASD:C). At the end of the day I was down about $200 and I can see why but don't really know how to fix it. My two biggest hurdles right now I think are fear and greed. Fear. I would go long at what I thought was a good position and it would continue to go up for a few ticks, around 5 or 10, then it would start to retrace and the time and sales window would be full of flashing red and I world get scared so I would sell at a small profit, or actually considering commissions none at all, but then five or ten seconds later it would shoot back up. Greed. I would be in a position and it would be down a couple of ticks and I would sit there and wait for it to come back up so I could break even or not take such a big loss and it would keep going down and I would convince myself that it had hit bottom and was due for a rebound and I would keep moving my stops down just a couple more ticks so I could stay in. Can any professionals out there give me any advice? I know this isn't something to be mastered in a day or even a couple of years but anything would be helpful at this point. Maybe someone can shed some light on how you go about picking stocks the day before.