If 5% of traders are successful, meaning they report trading as the majority of their income, why would you even bother? 5% means 5 out of 100 and its only the majority not all of their income. Meaning they can make 20k a year from trading and 10k a year from something else. That would be eligible for part of that 5% but is that what you expect, if! You are successful? If you are part of that 5% is that what you envision? Also how many hours do you work, technically? If you are successful, meaning you are in that 5%, and you work 80 hours a week would you be happy with, 20, 30,40 or 50 thousand a year?