I graduated about 2 yrs ago from an ivy leage school. I'm currently mulling over some possible career paths. what are your thoughts? on paper, its a no brainer, take the stable dentist route, right? for those of you who are successful traders, why did you feel compelled to take such a risky path? who in their right mind would chose trader? 1. dentist. pros: self employed, average 220k/year (specialists 300k), 35hours/week, 3 weeks vacation/year, stability. cons: work with teeth, 4 years gradschool + 250k debt, takes several years to establish practice, inferiority complex to MDs. 2. daytrader. pros: self employed, "fun", constant need to adapt, supposed freedom (do you make the rules or does the game rule you?). cons: potentially unstable, "90% failure" rates, constant need to adapt, inferiority complex to bankers, sleazy image. flamers welcome, more fun that way.