This is actually a very relevant and wise observation.
It always amazes me how much is written on the forum about the abysmal failure rate amongst Newbies (80+%), and about all the possible causes of these failures - but little about how this situation can be improved.
And I am also inclined to think that one big reason is a general lethargic approach amongst the traders themselves. Almost amounting to a belief that failure only happens to others and not to oneself.
It is possibly a lethargy that creeps in due to the fact that a trader is self-employed and has no one else to report to other than themselves. So it is easy to sweep the failures under the rug and just carry on - until there is nothing left to carry on with.
If every trader had to report and explain their performance to a boss at the risk of being sacked for failure due to incompetence there would certainly be far fewer retail traders still around today - or they would be trading a lot smarter!
This is the natural conclusion of the above. And I agree there is a tendency towards sloathfulness when progress is slow or non-existence. Again, perhaps due to the self-employed nature of retail trading where one has to self-motivate. This means the need to cure faults is easily replaced with finding excuses for them.
But I differ from the issue here in that I don’t think the burning issue is the “why”, rather it is the “how”.
There are so many introductions from Newbies stating a burning desire to change jobs, find financial freedom, help their families, etc, etc. And these all seem to be genuine purposes for starting trading. However, it is true that the extent of the real sustainable motivation behind them is perhaps suspect.
But I think that, regardless of the reason for trading, the real burning issue for any trader is how am I going to achieve sustained and consistent profitability. It is certainly not going to happen by constantly doing the rounds and trying out all the countless strategies and formulas offered on forums and YTs.
If there were consistently successful stategies and EAs etc, then they would spread like wildfire across the globe and we would all be where we each wants to be in life! But I have yet to hear of even one such provenly successful general method, either manual or automated, that can be applied equally well by anyone.
It takes a lot of deep and intense systematic study and work to evolve a trading plan that can consistently perform and adapt in all kinds of market conditions - but that applies equally much to any superior profession. Why should trading be treated with any less respect and commitment?
If you have a genuine “why” driving your ambition then apply the same drive to finding your “how”.
Just my thoughts, anyway…