Hi, guys. Iâve just gotten an offer from a large prop firm, and Iâm seriously considering it. I would be trading equities intraday, and Iâm told that some experienced guys will be showing me the ropes. I have a fairly small bankroll, but the firm is offering heavy leverage. The problem is, I donât have any real experience with the stock market, other than long-term investing (which is very different from day trading). I recently read an article in the September 2007 issue of Trader Monthly Magazine about the Top-30-Under-30 Traders, and I noticed that I have very little in common with these professionals. Most of them come from elite educational institutions, but I do not. Most of them seem to have serious quant backgrounds â there are a lot of math and physics and technology whizzes among them. I, on the other hand, have almost no understanding of physics or mathematical models. I took basic college-level math. I can use a computer for only basic consumer applications, like the average young person. I also notice that some of these traders have a background in team sports, which I also donât have. Iâm not sure what the correlation between team sports and successful trading is, but it seems to exist nonetheless. In addition, some posters on this board have said that it takes an âedgeâ to be successful at trading. I can honestly say that I donât know what an âedgeâ is in this game, so I doubt that I have one. Many of the guys on this board talk about losing money for years and years, before finally becoming consistently profitable. This is one thing I know for certain: I do not want to invest many years to a losing enterprise. I can understand giving it a try for a year, or a year-and-a-half. But some guys here are talking about having lost money for more than five straight years before they started taking money out of the market regularly. I just canât do that. I guess Iâm asking if I should bother pursuing this at all? Given my lack of a quantitative (or sports?) background, my lack of an âedge,â and my small bankroll, am I just wasting my time and money? Donât get me wrong: I donât want to sell myself completely short. I can muster about $25,000, but it would suck to lose my entire savings over the course of a few months, so Iâm only committing a small amount at first. Also, I wonât be trading with money that I need for bills or living expenses. Iâll be living with my family unless and until my trading career takes off, so I wonât have to worry about food, shelter, or utilities. Still, it seems that Iâm starting from behind the 8-ball in a business that has a very high failure rate to begin with. Does anyone have any thoughts? BTW, Iâm going to post this message on more than one board, so donât be surprised if it comes up on another part of this site. Iâm not spamming, I just want to get the most responses possible in the hopes of potentially heading off a big mistake. Thanks in advance for your help.