HI Sebastiano! Thanks for dropping in here!
Glad you like the pics, I have always been keen on photography, and especially of nature. I just thought it could be amusing and liven up the thread a bit to draw a few links between us traders and the world around us!
I am from the UK, but live in the Nordic area in Finland, so there is plenty of nature around here!
The question of full-time trader is perhaps a worthy topic all of its own but here are a few personal thoughts since you ask!
Although it is the dream of many, I have never personally had any desire to trust my income entirely on trading for two reasons, 1) I love my normal work anyway and 2) trading for me is an activity combining logic, strategic planning and tactical initiative. Although it is sometimes frustrating, it should always be pleasurable, challenging and stimulating. If I were to add to that the need to earn a regular and significant sum of money to live by, then it would destroy those key attributes.
If I were solely dependent on trading for my income then life would be a component of my trading rather than my trading just being another component of life - and that would add a very negative dimension to trading: i.e. the need to perform even when you or the market is not "right" for it. But for others, trading might just be their thing!
We are all so very different from one another, and it is important to find the right combination of trading aspects that let us live in harmony with our trading, whether it is capital, position size, timeframes, and so on - and, of course, these aspects change as time goes by. A person who is young and single will have a different set of criteria when they are married with three kids and a mortgage, etc!
Today has been a typical example. It would have been a disaster trying to force pips out of it. It did manage to drift a bit higher as expected but so far still within yesterday's range. For me, this was a day off, I took a quick 7 pip dip off NY's open and I am entirely happy with that: I wasn't anticipating anything today and I still have a few pips more than yesterday -that is, for me, the difference between trading with the financial performance millstone and trading without.
A relaxed trader is likely to be more successful than a stressed out trader desperate to earn his mortgage payments for this month (and maybe even last month's too!)!