I was inspired to start this journal by this thread: Took out a loan to transition to full-time trading. 24 years old. The poor guy did not make it. I hope I will. I maxed out my credit cards (36% APR) and started day trading forex with $15K stake. After three weeks of trading I am down to $10K, however, I am not losing hope. I also quit my job for trading forex full time. I have a wife and kid who I need to support (wife not working). Our minimum living expenses are about $3K per month. I have $20K in my checking account. I gave myself three months to prove that I can succeed as a trader. I am aiming for $10K total profit by the end of the summer. If not, I will start looking for a job.