lol. you don't need me, you just told the story. and kenliles just told it again. and i bet if you ever found capitalistoppressor or others they would tell it again. those trades are not "the story." they are like bloody war stories veterans don't like to tell family for fear of the impact it may have - on themselves and others. "yeah we were holed up together in a network of trenches, running out of munitions as an enemy squad was circling. the battle went on for days. the tide started to turn when we got word that their rearward supply lines had been compromised. we started repositioning our troops with what arms we had left. with coordinated sniper style attacks from different directions we started taking down enemy units. we were so low on ammo we shot each of them in head to save bullets. we murdered every one of those bastards and left their bodies to rot. those were the days!" (not!) profitable trades destroy many traders, like losses do, but in many ways they are much worse. recall the jesse livermore story. jesse went from 0, to millions, to bankruptcy... 3 times! he was divorced twice. his wife became an alcoholic, shot his son who was basically a partying drunk himself. he lost the $100 million he made shorting the crash of 1929. he spent a lot of his adult life in depression. he eventually committed suicide shooting himself in the head with a gun. his son became a full fledged alcoholic too and shot his dog and tried to kill a cop before committing suicide himself. i had similar experiences around the tech bubble although not to that extreme before realizing where i had lost myself. i have seen the stories you have brought out of people @DaveT. they remind me of the story above, which is nothing more than a tragedy. luv's 2c: the real story is how you live your life daily so you can have fun, enjoy life, keep learning, keep level-headed, and keep taking sensible risk. you need all the other things for the last one to happen. for if you do all that, you will surely find yourself again in a position of great advantage. and you will know how to come out of it and keep having a great life.