I am trading options for quite a while already and I can only break even. It looks like there is something wrong with my approach and I need to change / adjust my trading method. The way I trade currently is collecting a large amount of data and back-testing it. I have a data of about 6 months daily screens of options I am interested to trade and I mostly do strangles. My questions: 1. It takes a lot of time to collect the data and analyze it. Would'n be better or even necessary to purchase a back tasting tool to speed up the work? What tool would you recommend to a very average person with not great math skills? As simple as possible would be perfect. 2. Assuming I am trading weeklies. Am I fated to lose the game from the very beginning? This is because I am not using any sophisticated tools and can not even compare my skills with the experienced "poker players". It is like a playing poker with the very experience player where you have absolutely no chance? 3. As mentioned before I am average person, no particular math skills, improving my discipline, have a sound psychological understanding about emotions and rather good money management skills. Is this enough to trade weeklies? Please do let me know your opinions if this makes sense, If not, fair enough for me and I rather concentrate on long term investment. It will just save a lot of time for me. Thank you.