I quit trading 8 years ago. I think after 8 years I finally pinpointed the reason I did not succeed. I lost approximately 25k in 2010 and quit sometime in the beginning of 2011. I had no 1 major blow. It was a long series of losses. My downfall? I rnow firmly believe it was the relatively huge success I had in 2009 where I made around 275k. I consider myself a piker who traded and made a little money every year from 1999 when I began to 2009. Most of those years in a range of 50k to 125k. I made a conscious decision to push myself in 2008 and 2009 and it worked because the market was there. I was emotionally drunk after the success of that last good year and never recovered as I bled away in my final year. At the time I blamed my demise on hft. The real issue was that i did not adapt to the market. I think my self imposed banishment has been long enough. I will spend the next 6 months studying the markets and determine if infact I can make it. This will be the first time I will have taken the market in a serious methodical manner. Comments welcome.