I have NEVER been negative in the 2+ years I have been into derivatives. I now have a good understanding of options and have the comfort to scale. This is what I did.
Start doing Cash secured puts and covered calls on the stocks you like. I never booked loss; took and gave physical delivery if I had to (which was once I think). Build derivative profits 1-2 lakhs.
While I was doing above I followed price movements and studied index options.
Started Index option selling with small sizes. Later entered option buying with 1 lot. As I found success, I started to scale.
Today I place daily Index Short Option trades and ~15 trades a month Long Options. I use different brokers for short and long options and my size is much much larger than when I started. I hope to reach 100 lots in my short options strategy by early next year after which il stop scaling.
Btw I like programming and everything I do today is systematic.