Have you noticed the large number of threads devoted to asking for recommendations on one guru or another? Almost without fail, the threads turn out the same â a little bit of faint praise, and a good smattering of criticism. Member after member reports that so-and-so was a disappointment, and revealed little or nothing new. Read more closely, and you will find that the book, the seminar, the service did not instantly turn the individual into an overnight success â hence the bitterness and disgruntlement. Trading, as we all know, can be the key to wealth, security, and freedom. Isnât it a bit unreasonable to expect that all that will be delivered for a few hundred bucks? Even the most casual reading of various threads on ET reveals not a thirst for learning, but rather a lust to have something presented on a silver platter. Wild charges are flung back and forth ranging from incompetence, to dishonesty, to outright fraud. Names are named. Currently there is a thread concerning Don Miller, where the charge is made that he âonlyâ made $400,000+ in the past couple of years, and how dare he charge for teaching his methods! Much of this would be laughable, were it not so common. Of course none of it is any of my business, but it troubles me nonetheless. And if you really want a good laugh, or a good cry, depending on your point of view, consider the fact that all of the so-called secrets of successful trading are reported and repeated right here on this forum, day in, day out, over and over again. For the most part they are over-looked by the masses because they are free, and come from people without âfamousâ names. Go figure... The unskilled, the uninformed, and the unsuccessful talk and debate among themselves, ignoring for the most part the knowledge that they supposedly gather here to absorb. Life, ainât it a hoot? Well, if nothing else, it just gets curiouser and curiouser.