In any case, forum or real life, it’s best to keep your finances, private. The profits, private.
Forget about a grand a day. Start with a goal of $10 a day in the market. Start with a goal of $20 a day in the market. Compound and grow small accounts first. If you can’t consistently grow small accounts, you will never be able to grow a larger account. In fact, don’t trade a large account until you have grown a small account to a significantly large figure first, multiple times. And never increase your risk percentage.
My only advice is you will never learn everything about trading, but you can learn as much as you can and it’s a learning process that will span your entire trading career. What counts is your passion, time devoted to education, finding out exactly what type of trader you are, understanding yourself when you are in the market, and most importantly your discipline when you are in the market. When I say discipline I mean your willingness to always acknowledge and accept and cut your losses quickly, within seconds, before they become large. Never risk any more than 2% on any given trade. With time you may be able to gauge certain trade opportunities to increase your position size (risk) based on the reward to risk ratio, but this is for experienced professionals only. Until that day, if it ever comes, stick to 1-2%. Your discipline to strict money management, risk management and proper position sizing is essential and the only other essential aspect other than that is sticking to your method or system you trade and the rules and not changing them, give your trading style a nice time period to work, so you can gauge if it’s even worth taking live. Like Phil mentioned, it’s all about percentages, it’s all math. And I encourage you to develop, or find a system that works for you, that puts the winning percentage on your side, with that, and the money management, you’ll find success, slowly. Crawl before you walk, walk before you run, run before you jump. And when you can’t jump or run, lower your risk, lower your position size, and go back to a crawl until you get back in sync. All of this may not make any sense to you now, but it will in time. I wish you the best.
Don’t be a gambler. Respect the market as it is always right. And don’t expect to be making a grand a day any time soon, or ever for that matter because it’s not important! Focus on the percentages and the math and managing your money and compounding. Longevity is the key. As your account grows, if it ever does, and continues to grow, and you stay disciplined and keep your profits as the market doesn’t give them out easy and is quick to take them back from greedy undisciplined traders, you will be on the road to capital gains, with those gains, same 1-2% risk, but greater rewards.
There is a lot you have to learn, be prepared for thousands and thousands of hours of studying and reading and learning and applying because this is not easy. And only time will tell if you have what it takes. You will find the the most basic aspects of trading revolved around your exposure to risk and how to protect yourself and be disciplined. Like I said, it’s all simple math and percentages. Always have a calculator near.
Trading is not for the weak, never trade blind with real money, and never underestimate your risk. The market is always right and the market will humble you, it will frustrate the hell out of you, it will send you back to the drawing board many times, it will kick your ass over and over until you learn.
I do know people who average a grand or more per day, those few I do know, have been trading for 15+ years.