I think the very first thing you need to ask yourself is whether trading the markets is something you're passionate about. Trading is not a get rich quick scheme, it is as good as you going out there to find a job, and trying to get promoted over the years. The effort in obtaining success in trading is not a simple and straightforward road.
In trading, you need to earn your capital, build your capital, do research on a daily basis and make effective decisions very regularly.
For me, it is my passion to understand how the global economy works and also be closely updated with current affairs (i.e. politics). As such, when I research the markets, I don't feel like I am dragging my feet to do something dry and boring.
I need flexibility in my life because I am the main caregiver to my sick mum and I would like to have more time with my son to see him grow up. Trading gives me this flexibility.
Therefore, I guess what I am trying to say here is that trading is not for everyone. It might sound like a very lucrative job to be in but if you do a plus and minus, you'll realize that trading is just like any other day job with its pros and cons.
Hope you find the light at the end of your tunnel soon.