Finish college and/or grad school. Land a job and work it for several years then go into trading. If it doesn't work out you will have something to fall back on. But while you are in school and then working keep hammering away with a paper trading account. Many poo-poo that but you will learn a lot AND by the time you start for real you will have a good understanding how several markets behave. A friend of mine has a BS from an Ivy League school and a law degree from Georgetown. He practiced law one year and has been a pit trader for the last 15 years or so. He lives very nicely. Or you can follow the path of my son-in-law: HS diploma. Started his own business. Bills out his time at $90 an hour. 28 years old and owns a home on a half-acre lot in S. Cal.