Greetings everyone. I'm one of the many people out there dissatisfied with being a 9 to 5 office peon...not that I'd enjoy being a 9 to 5 office manager either. It's just the daily routine of commuting and having to deal with so many people - rather tired of it. I actually spend a lot of my time at the office staring at stock charts and reading financial/economic news. So then it hit me, if I enjoy doing this so much, why not try my hand at being a day trader full-time. I actually first got the idea a couple of years ago from one of my distant cousins who trades for a living, but didn't give it serious consideration until now. Of course, I don't have the illusions of a typical twentysomething bent on making a quick buck. It's risky as hell. I've had to endure some painful losses in my two and a half years of playing the market so far. Even my cousin who got me started lives a relatively modest life, staying at his family home and driving an old Honda. That said, I'm wondering how good you have to be in order to live off day trading alone? I certainly at least have a knack for doing my research, as I spent the time after I graduated from college before I got my full-time job analyzing charts and fundamentals. I think all I'm lacking right now is time and perhaps a little more starting capital. So how did you guys get started? Anything in particular that's a must-read if one wanted to pursue this type of career?