I'm a trader who started in the 90`s. Today I am making allot of money for my firm. While I have faults, I survived our 08/9 and dodd frank job cuts. I love my job, but in short-I have enough saved where I could easily work for myself. I am curious about other people who have done this, and if they think it was a good choice for them. What did your firm and family think? Even though I am paid well, I am making way more money for the firm-even though they do give me allot of capital to work with. Fortunately for me I have made no code for the firm, just descretionary trades. I suppose that means I'm a dinosoar. I bet I make much more than any one Python programmer.