Its too bad this post will sound a little depressing...because I blew up my account again in January. Embarassing right. I didn't even make it to the market volatility. I'm 27. Been trading since I was 16, when I stole the password to my mom's IRA and lost 30k. I became interested in trading at age 10 when my dad showed me compound interest in microsoft excel, and we would input some amount + percentage and drag the cursor. In high school, he showed me Reminiscences, and I was hooked. All I thought about as a kid was how to "make it" trading so I wouldn't have to work a real job. (Whatever that means). Turns out sitting at home watching a screen all day and playing video games isn't all its cracked up to be. I did get my bachelors from a good school in 2012, when I went to work for a software company. I wasn't a computer science graduate, but I had enough friends who were software engineers that I have made half-assed attempts over the years to switch. In the end, I get distracted by a couple of good trades, and go back to focusing on trading. If I were more disciplined, I would be a software engineer right now in a cushy job. I did try the "full time route" twice. I semi-retired at 23 with 400k, and at 26 I tried again. Both times I blew up within 6-9 months. As a trader my biggest weakness is taking excessive risk, especially after taking a loss, and relying on my trading to be successful. As I said, its too bad that my first post is coming from a low point. But I did want to say hi. My plan right now is to stop trading, and focus solely on programming, so I can have some income again. I will try to get full time work, but contract work would be nice too, and probably more attainable at this point.