The most amazing aspect of trading and the biggest confliction in trading is not the actual process of trading. The biggest confliction in trading is the psychology behind how a person decides to become a full time trader. Not only is it the psychology behind how a person decides to try trading, but another surreal aspect is what a trader needs to do in order to become successful. It is truly a profession where a majority of people who start out need to actually mentally change themselves in order to become successful at it. So we are at the beginning of the decision to become a trader. What type of personality, mentality (whatever you like to call it) actually tries to become a full time trader? Certainly the timid valedictorian who has been accustomed to following a straight and narrow path their entire life is not attracted to the profession of trading because they know the profession involves heightened risk and a confusing path that is unorthodox. The type of person who is attracted to the profession of trading is willing to take risks and may even like the idea. Another large majority are even gamblers and some are even reckless. The point is that a significant majority of start up traders are risk takers. If they weren't then they wouldn't be doing what they would be doing. So what is a risk taker? A risk taker is willing to risk harm, loss or injury in the hope of gain or excitement. They don't follow the rules. They follow what attracts them at the moment. They may even do physical stunts such as sky diving or base jumping. They don't have any discipline because they know if they go all in with the risk and they make it out alive the reward will be amazing. A risk taker may take the risk of simply not conforming to society in order to conform to their own beliefs hence becoming a day trader. The bottom line is that somewhere either in the conscious or subconscious a trader starting out has some tolerance and even attraction towards risk. Now let me ask you something. If you had a choice which set of adjectives do you value more? Do you value discipline, rules, structure and organization more? Or do you value fun, excitement, intensity and euphoria more? The truth is that a person who values discipline, rules, structure and organization is very unlikely of taking on the "risky" profession of day trading. On the other hand the person who values fun, excitement, intensity and euphoria is much more likely of taking on the profession of day trading. There is just one little problem. In order to become a successful trader you have to value discipline, rules, structure and organization. Trading is a rare profession where a high majority of aspiring traders must actually change their value structure in order to yield success. To be a trader you must change the person you are.