for me it was quite personal, as in why did I need to embrace so much risk exposure and why did I keep breaking my own trading rules?
revenge trading, doubling down, not getting out, so many red flags in the beginning
if i may add, journaling is a must, you can't regroup with yourself if you are not speaking in detail from the past
a trader that doesn't journal while not trying to minimize risk exposure will usually fail until he/she does
As you eloquently put it, understanding that every step down in your account equity requires substantial and increasing effort as well commitment to break even again (which some traders mistakenly feel compelled to translate into taking on greater risk, with sometimes disastrous consequences for one's total equity).
Do yourself a favour and listen to tradewonk's advice here, manage your assets and risk properly, and protect your profits at all costs.
Good on ya, tradewonk!