Bit of a background, started studying options and futures mid 2014, started with a small account of 8K. Actually trading, as opposed to pure 'theory' or 'paper trading', got me really engaged and accelerated my learning. I was trading 1 lots, and by years end, I was down 2K (3K of it was pure brokerage cost) - only options at this stage.
Based on my results, I knew I could make it work, if I either searched for a cheaper broker to fit my trade style or upscaled my account to 'minimise the impact of the fixed charges' (in hindsight, I wish I had done both), but I opted for latter. I increased my account size to 20K and by end of 2015, I increased my account size to 26K (and paid 6K in brokerage, made about 600-700 trades FY).
Which takes me to this year where I've developed a relatively high trading confidence and still eagerly learning as much as I can to improve my success rate, and reduce risk. I finally got rid of the other broker/platform and moved to a significantly cheaper and better platform (about 1/5 of the cost of old one) (but by no means perfect). Up scaled my account to 6 figures and also added futures to my arsenal.
Year to date I've made just over 3000 trades, and sitting at over 40% return since January (50% from futures/50% from options). I've been disciplined until last month, where ego got in the way, and I decided to take 'big bets', which I've never done before. I paid for it, 7% gone within a couple of days because of pure ego. Lesson learned. I'm back to where I was before the mistake was made, but it made the last few weeks feel really unproductive and I'm angry at myself for making it. How do you guys keep your ego in check and not get too large? At the moment, I think remembering my recent mistake will keep me in check going forward.