DislikedNewbegger, I feel as though we have gotten away from your initial thoughts with this thread. I would suggest you either set some strict rules in regards to what you want to see, or start a new thread with a different title. Having "Can YOU make money as a trader?" as your title is like dropping a Hydrogen bomb on an already burning fire. If you really wish to "post my thoughts on making money as a trader" and "go over what I think is the mindset you need as a trader, to be able to take money from the beast that wants to devour any trading capital...Ignored
This thread is a good representation of what a beginning trader has to go through to learn the game. There is a dialogue inside the mind. Is the market going to crash, is it going to go sideways, or is it going straight up? The arguments between people who know they are right are similar to thoughts in our minds. We have to clear our head from that kind of thinking, from thinking that our thinking is right.
The "Yes it can be done" people and the "No it can't be done" people are great examples of the battlefield of trading. We have to learn to push out these thoughts out and focus on proper execution of our "tested" trading strategy with indifference to the outcome.
After a while it will become instinct to ignore the noise in the market and focus on the process of excellence in trading.