It was some time ago, that I became interested in doing stocks, and becoming a full time trader. I knew I needed start up money so I started saving every penny I was making. I now have $10,000 to invest, I know it's not much, but I'm very young, and from a poor family (this is all my money that I earned). I have been looking at some virtual trade markets, and been studying the basic terms people use. What should I do now? I want to study as much as I can before I even look at trading, I want to study for at least 6 months. -Should I find a mentor (how do I)? -Should I read books first? -Should I do penny stocks? I am not a fan of school, and planning on dropping out. (I'm currently doing an extra year in high-school). Also, what should I do with that money while I am studying? Please, do not let my age fool you, I am no cretin, and no I'm not another young man who thinks he will make a million in his first year, I know trading is an art not a science and it can be years before you see a profit. Thanks.