I found demo trading great for starters, but for me the real learning really kicked when I chipped in my own coin. I could not attach real, intrinsic value to demo dollars; essential errors and mistakes did not carry the same pedagogical weight.
Furthermore, there are additional details to take into consideration when you trade your real dough Iike variable spreads, low liquidity phases and fees that are not reflected in Paper Trading in TradingView+Oanda.
So I opened an account at Oanda with a “sacrificial” 3k$ and let me tell you that its a different ballgame altogether. I feel my losses and they cut for real, same goes with my wins. The brain’s plasticity is much more sollicited that way, and the added motivation makes me much more disciplined.
One’s gotta give some to get some!