First off I would love to just hear from someone who has already become a successful stock trader and a quick story on how they got started, what they did for education, what trading platforms they use, etc. I've looked over a good amount of posts here but, sorry if I offend anyone, haven't necessarily heard anything very credible from anybody yet. Not to say people here do not know what they are talking about because of course I have no real way of knowing their credibility, but I would love to see someone's opinion that is matched with some hard evidence and their own experience. Again sorry if you find that statement offensive, but if you're trying to voice your opinion about something I would hope you take into consideration next time you make a post and instead of bashing something and capitalizing SCAM, how about showing some evidence, a well thought out opinion, or an alternative to what you're claiming is a "SCAM"? How would you know it is a scam without any sort of caparison? With that said, my real point is I am stuck in a phase where I am extremely interested in learning more about trading on the stock market and have learned most all of the basics. Are there any recommendations on what steps to take next? There are so many educational programs out there to choose from but many seem to be very overpriced and possibly less professional. In my opinion, I feel like having a mentor would probably help you learn and master new strategies most efficiently, and many educational programs seem to offer having a mentor along with purchasing a whole bunch of education classes. The one I am currently looking at is from a company called Tigrent Learning, which I was extremely surprised to find that when I searched "Tigrent" on this forum I had 0 search results. Also its important to note that Robert Kiyosaki's "Rich Dad Education" is where I came across this. I basically received an e-mail from the Richdad.com saying there is a free "stock success" seminar coming in to town and after liking what I saw I did decide to go to the $500 3 day training (which could be 250 since you can bring a "free" guest). This 3 day training class I just completed is what led to the sales pitch on buying the Tigrent Learning stock education program, which if you wanted to buy the FULL package it would cost just under 40k. The one nice thing though is that which every package regardless of which one you want, you can bring a guest with you. So it really is half that price when you find a friend to pitch in. If you go to TigrentLearning.com and look at the top where it says "Financial Instruments" and under that is all the possible classes they offer, each one being about 5k normally but with full package you get all 10 classes and a mentor for 40k. So anyways does anyone have any information on Tigrent Learning? or have any high recommendations on something else? You know something funny is after looking over the forum I have found mainly negative reviews over Maverick Trading, which I guess is some sort of prop firm? Many people have bashed and said SCAM or basically just said BS and worthless, however this is the really really weird part. The instructor for this 3 day training I just finished, admitted he took the Maverick Trading course when he got started in the biz and right now he is now an extremely successful investor. After 5 years of being in the business he was easily making 10-30k a week. (I understand this might sound crazy but trust me this was straight from his mouth and is very very possible with the right capital) Anyways so I'm sitting there thinking he says he did Maverick and now he recommends Tigrent (of course because he is getting paid to do this, it is his job) and I don't know what to do now! On top of admitting that he has used Maverick in the past, I noticed that some of the educational tools he was using to teach us during the 3 days was obviously Maverick Trading stuff! He brought out a paper showing steps to take before getting into a trade and then when I went to the Maverick Trading site and starting looking around I noticed all these similar things. My last question is what about free online education? How thorough is the stuff out there for free that you can learn? One of the things I found funny about this 3 day training class is that I honestly only learned about 3 or 4 things in this class. You know why? I had 3 week period between the free little seminar until I attended the 3 day class, and I was so worried I would be lost in this class trying to learn all these option strategies and info about futures and ETF's that I went online and studied everything I could find. I watched videos and read stuff on wikipedia and looked at educational material at online brokers. In the end I learned so much free stuff to prepare for this class, that I learned virtually nothing in the class. The most advanced thing we talked about was what the Forex is and how to do a Bull Call strategy haha. What I'm getting at is that I essentially learned everything the $500 3 day training taught me! So how advanced can and professional of a trader can I become while the learning is still free? Right now I can go to Etrade.com and look at tons of articles and videos and stuff for free education, I can go to my optionsxpress account and view free stuff, I can go to stocktradingtogo.com/free-education and learn TONS TONS more! So has anyone learned enough from free material online to consider themselves a "professional trader"?? And when I say professional trader I strongly believe that making 50-80% ROI would make u qualified as a professional. So in conclusion: What do you recommend? Why do you recommend this? What is your experience with stock market? What sort of successes have you had? How did you achieve these successes? Please leave legitimate and full answers to this thread. Basically like I mentioned in the beginning, prove you credibility in some way if possible.