The title is pretty self explanatory. I am new here and I feel that this forum would be the best place to learn how many of you traders got started. I'm not interested in trite things like "how much money do you make?" I am simply interested in your story, the process, the lifestyle, etc. What was your biggest "ah ha!" moment? What did you have to overcome? What did/do you regret? Did you have a mentor? Do you need a background in programming? How did you decide what you were going to trade? I live in Atlanta so it's a little hard for me to actually find traders to talk to and stuff. I've also noticed the following.... It seems that you actually get more honest, concise, and considerate responses in forums like this rather than real life. I had one interview at a local prop firm called OPUS, and I just didn't get the vibe that he was interested in anything beyond letting me know how much money he had, it was actually bothersome. I don't know if people feel more comfortable behind a computer screen or what, but regardless, I feel more comfortable here. thanks.