Yes trading is hard, but it isn't as hard as it is always portrayed. The hardest part of trading is mental stability and as you say discipline. Without that its very hard to succeed. What I do read from my snapshot is good traders tend to grow equity over the long term, DarwinIA is definitely a marketing tool and don't chase lucky winners.Trading is very hard. Winning some notional allocation won't magically make you or your strategy better. In fact, it can bring out the worst in undisciplined traders. There's a reason why there are over 4,000 Darwins but only around 80 have made >50% returns. That number will fall even further if you remove iffy migrations.