It seems, at least to me, like it's a commonly accepted wisdom that the first few trades a rookie trader makes are profitable, and form then on they go downhill. That got me curious. I remember a year ago when I first traded at a prop, my first day I was in the positive more than on any of the rest of the days I spent at the prop. What is it in the mentality of a trader that enables him to make money in the market when he's ignorant, and start losing money once he supposedly becomes more *aware* and educated? Sort of a paradox. My own opinion on this is that when we place our first trade ever, we wait to see a move in either direction, and trade on the momentum / with the trend, as it seems like the most obvious method to take money out of the market. This is indisputably the only proven consistent method to profit from trading. Yet something happens in the trader's head that changes the perception afterwards, or at least that's what it seems like. I remember joking with my fellow proppers that if a firm wants its new traders to be profitable, they should teach them to just trade the opposite of where they think the market will go. Imagine what would happen? 90% of traders would be profitable Discuss.