My trading odyssey started back in 1998. Wade Cook of all people got me interested in trading options. JDSU, ARBA, National Discount brokers, real networks, you remember the stocks. Trading was interesting, fun and profitable. I had a solid strategy, I had an edge, things were looking good. Like many other traders, I dreamed about the "fantasy trader" life. Like the characters Michael Douglas played in Wall Street and a Perfect Murder. The top dog with the beautiful office, the art on the wall, a few bloomberg monitors in the back. By 2000 and 2001, things slowed down, I spent many many hours on fridays and saturdays at barnes and noble, reading books on trading, trying to make sense of it all. I knew you could make money (Market Wizards books especially helped me believe that), but that "edge" that I once had in the wild bull market days didn't look like such a great edge now. Fast forward to 2003, I continue to hone my strategies, but the market is doing things I didn't expect it to do. I thought the market would fall at least below 9000 heading into what is usually the worst time of the year (sept, oct). Instead the market rebounds. Recently, its hit me that ,"the jig is up". If you keep doing what you've been doing, you'll keep getting what you've been getting. If you are trading and not getting the results you want, there is a huge world of opportunity out there away from your trading screen. It's taken me a while to figure that out. I know people making solid money as hot dog cart vendors, vending machine owners, dry cleaner delivery service owners, import/export, web design, etc. There are alot of ways to make money. In other businesses, you have a heck of alot more control over what happens compared to trading the market. One of the things holding me back was the amount of time I've invested in trading. A hell of alot of time. I enjoyed alot of it, I like reading about market history, I know how to protect my money now (don't follow the crowd, etc), but in my mind I was telling myself, "I can't quite, I've invested too much into this". Again, you've got to let that go if you think you can do better else where. I'm going to start some businesses, and focus much less on trading. Not give up completely, but finding better opportunities. If trading has become boring, tedious, or just plain unprofitable for you, open you eyes up to opportunities out there. They are everywhere.