I have a decent history of retail equity trading and some basic commodity futures experience, to go with excellent software and database skills (15+ years / engineering background). I'm thinking of going Prop. What does it take to be very successful ($10k / day +)? How hard did you have to work to become consistently profitable, say profitable 4 days out of 5? What's a reasonable starting cash stash, i.e. how much did you place as your initial deposit with your prop trading firm? What was your starting buying power? How long did you trade with your prop firm before they increased your buying power to higher levels? $2m? $5m? Do you trade using automated statistical strategies or by watching the charts? Thanks to anyone who's willing to take the time to answer.