This is a fact: Speculation is the hardest business there is on the planet. Only a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population can do it successfully on a long term basis.. much less for a full career. Saying to someone "JUST DONT DO IT" is actually the correct call, but then people just arrogantly brush it off. The problem is that anyone anywhere can open up a brokerage account and start speculating right off the bat, without the amount of years required to stand on one's own, and without having to go to websites like this to find comfort with the rest of the herd (not to badmouth this site ok?). Brain surgeons don't have this problem. Anyone can also say "I wanna be a surgeon as a career." But not anyone can just go into a hospital and start trying it out. Takes YEARS of training and absolute committment..... why can't the public realize that about the hardest business on the planet?