I often gave back profits 6-7 years ago when I started trading full time. I can recall being up $1000 by 10:30 and thinking that I need to "work" (i.e. trade) the whole day. After all, I had always worked long hours in the corporate world so I think it was a sense of guilt if I quit early in the day. Finally the guy who ran the office told me to quit and go enjoy the day if I hit my profit objective. So that's what I did. As far as going to the next level, as you state, I wasn't focused on making more and more $$$. I wanted a balanced life where trading would support me and also allow me to spend time doing the things I enjoy doing outside of work.