I agree that a positive mind-set is great. Right now, at 3:30 AM Eastern Standard Time, I am up against one of the greatest programming challenges of my life. I am currently stumped on how to do something. When I get stumped in life, I usually stop what I'm doing and go for a walk. Focusing too deeply on any specific problem generally leads me to over-analyze a situation and my thought processes begin to breakdown and loop in an endless defeatist circle. However, if I start walking around and clear my mind, 95% of the time I'll have a MOE. What is MOE you ask? A MOE is a "moment of enlightenment." This is that common "Ah-ha!" experience. When you try to take a complex-system and program it, it becomes easy to get overwhelmed with the complexity of the system as a whole. The only thing you can do is breakdown the system into sub-components or "modules" and then link it all together like legos. ----------------------- I see a lot of posts on this board that say, "Trading is a mirror, etc." All of this, to me, is purely psychobabble and worthless. Why is it worthless? Because it is vague, undefined and non-applicable. If I went to work tomorrow and taught a new golfer how to golf by saying, "Golf is the essence of a good swing and the exclusion of a bad swing." -- The guy would leave, demand his money back and never come back again. It is pure horse-shit. Like anything else in life, if you want to get good at something, you have to work your ass off. Those sayings can be appreciated AFTER you learn how to be successful at what you are doing and not before. Trading and Golf are very similar. There is a basic concept of a correct and fundamental "modern golf swing." However, you will see guys out on the tour that have very different swings. What does this tell you? It tells you that what works for one person will not work for another -- one man's method to a million is another man's certainty to bankruptcy. "Yada yada yada ..." -- BUT, in the end, you've got to do your own thing and find your way. You're going to encounter a lot of people in your life who will make every attempt to shoot you down or tell you it can't be done. I have countless stories of Tiger Woods suffering from that on a daily basis as a kid / young adult player. Put yourself outside the circle of bullshit, psychobabble and endless river of "this is how you do it" systems and go take a walk, clear your mind and start from scratch. Sometimes we have to start from scratch. That doesn't mean starting at the very beginning, it means starting at a better one. Don't let people on this board tell you anything that you feel otherwise different about. Many people here are impressionable people and many people here are outright assholes. Just do your own thing and filter out the extraneous.