"It never was my thinking that made the big money for me. It always was my sitting. Got that? My sitting tight!" Jesse Livermore For people unable to sit tight like me, automated trading should be the answer, but only as long as you don't sit at all in front of the screen. If you happen to sit in front of the screen, you will still have to sit tight. Which I didn't do, because I am a rebel and I will break all rules, even my own rules. After using an entirely automated system for a few weeks now, I have realized that I haven't let it run by itself, but I have tried to make a few trades on my own, and have also tried affect its executions on a few occasions. I thought I would have made more money by doing this, but ultimately I didn't. Actually this is what happened each time. I made an extra (discretionary) trade and it was profitable, then I got confident and made a second discretionary trade, which was slightly unprofitable, then I got mad at the market and made a third trade very unprofitable that wiped out all the previous profits and showed an overall negative balance. This was the very reason I started developing an automated trading system - I can't sit tight and I always end up losing my emotional and financial balance with discretionary trading. So now I am going to have to deal with being bored. Essentially it comes down to not looking for any excitement in the market and not getting any fun from it. The system takes care of everything and you shouldn't even look at the screen - of course once you have made sure that everything runs properly. I will have to find things to do. A lot of things to do. The system is finished. All the research is done. It seems to work. I will just have to wait and let it run. After trying for 10 years to make money with discretionary trading, and constantly losing it, it is time for me to accept that I am unable to do it. I now have to find something else to do. It's just a reminder I am writing here to remember in the future where I was at. If anyone else wants to share similar experiences please do.