1) Anyone started trading fresh out of college? In another word, was trading your first professional career? 2) How did you get started? 3) Did you blow up your account and were forced to get a "real" job? If so, have you since made enough to jump back in as a full time trader? 4) Do you believe that, deep down, you can leave trading for another job now that you have acquired the taste for (financial) freedom and whatnot? As for me, I made my debut a couple months before my graduation. This was in the early 90s when the elder Bush was still in the Oval office. As you might recall, the economy was in the gutter back then as well. Not so ironically, the cause was pretty damn similar to the current mess. That's right, savings and loan crisis. Now I wonder who said history wasn't created to be repeated? Anyway, the job prospect at that time was dreary to say the least. So you could imagine how I reacted when I heard from a friend that he made a quick $50,000 in the stock market. Hence my odyssey as a trader kicked into a high gear. Unfortunately, I literally drove my trading account into ashes in the first six months. But, with the generous contribution from my aging parents, I have since managed to make a comeback and, believe it or not, still trade actively to this day. I plan to outlive my shelf life as long as possible. On the question of whether I can leave this profession for good, I don't think I can. What can I possibly do? I've never held a job in my life. Moreover, I ain't so young any more.