I'm basically a software engineer who left Silicon Valley to trade. I've recovered most of my losses, and I'm on track to becoming profitable. The income isn't quite there yet, but it's enough that I don't bother with part-time jobs anymore. I live on savings, and I expect trading to cover 1/3 to 2/3s of my expenses by around February/March, given current performance. However, everytime I explain my progress to family, they keep pushing for me to go back to real jobs. No conversation happens where some reference to getting a real job with a salary doesn't take place. Anyone else ever encounter this fierce resistance to career choice? What gives? Do I just dimiss family and tell them off, or what? It is not easy to explain that losses are a part of this game, that losing is part of the equation, and that it takes losses to learn and test new strategies. Should I just give up hope trying to convince these people that it is a good career path, and just trudge onwards? Surely, I am not the only one? If I am the only one, ... then damn.