I don't have an answer (nobody but you does), but I struggle with this too. I think when we spend so much time and effort but making insignificant money due to account size, there's a very strong urge to bet it all to make a dent in the account. We want to see(show to someone as prove?) real(sizeable) rewards for our efforts. I think you have to force yourself to think long term. Understand that if you conquer your deamons, the payoff will come. Patience and confidence in the face of uncertainty is the hardest part. BTW, don't compare this to rouge traders trading company's money. They take oversized risk and the worst case usually is for them to be queitly let go with huge commission off that rouge trade. The risk/reward is excellent. But if you blow up, the best case it will add years to your goals/dreams. p.s. read my "choose your strategy well" post.