It didn’t make sense to me.

At 10 years old, I realized that if I wanted a car at 16 then I’d better do something about it! Money didn’t grow on trees. And so I took on odd jobs to save up.

At 16, I found myself working for some family friends of my parents. Like my parents, the couple in question – Bill and Pat – were teachers. But unlike my parents, I saw the life this couple lived, the farm they had, the cars they drove… and it didn’t make sense to me!

So I plucked up the courage to ask them how they did it.

“We trade. We’re in the markets.”

And they handed me a book which I read that weekend. And so they gave me another book by some guy called Warren Buffett, which I also read in a weekend.

This week, our editor David Cross and I spoke about how I first got into trading.

I shared some of the lessons I learned and gave the names of three of my favorite books on trading.

And I shared one simple way that I use to practice my trading that helped me prepare to trade without some of the inherent risks of trading. Catch up on my interview with David right here.


Ben Sturgill

Ben leads two services at RagingBull. IPO Payday can help you pinpoint, position, and profit from IPOs. In Daily Profit Machine Ben guides day and swing traders to profit by trading the SPY Index. Ben hosts the RagingBull.com podcast where he shares thoughts on wealth and success with traders, businesspeople, entrepreneurs, and experts to uncover and share some of the wisdom needed to live a successful life.

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