I guess from time to time I would say this somewhat differently, but what comes to mind is as follows: Here are five steps to becoming a successful trader: 1. Focus on trading vehicles, strategies, and time horizons which suit your personality. You need to be comfortable. 2. Identify non-random price behaviour, wherever you can find it. 3. Absolutely convince yourself that what you have found is statistically valid. 4. Set up trading rules. 5. Follow the rules, but donât be afraid to break them if they donât work. In a nutshell, it all comes down to: a. Do your own thing (independence); b. And do the right thing (discipline).