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First of all let me start with Trading is Hard, it was for me anyway, if you think you are going to take a few classes or read a couple of books, buy a get rich quick trading system or indicator and make a bunch of money, forget it, I tried most of them and they don’t work.

However, if you work hard stay, learn as a professional, stay focused and keep learning and improving you can definitely make money. How long and how hard I hear you ask?

Well I have now been trading for just over two years, focused 75% of my time, probably 6 months and I am making $10,000 to $15,000 a month, have not had a losing month for over 2 years and looking to step to making an average of $25,000 a month this year. But remember, I am not a super smart guy, maybe street smart OK, very driven and focused and it really has taken me two years, $75-100k investment in my education, 12 weeks of class in school and I still attend classes for a couple of hours every day. So it definitely can be done but do not think it is easy. If you read my content it may help you avoid a few pot holes but honestly you are going to have to learn by your own experiences and mistakes.

Remember when you start to trade as an individual you are trading against all the Wall Street expert traders that have spent their whole careers trading, the machines and dark pools that have
completely changed the dynamics of the market. It is tough but can be done, I have now had 24 profitable months in a row, my performance is not great but it does show you can be profitable
and like all new profession and let’s be clear this is a profession like no other, you get better with time experience and practice, there is not a day goes by that I do not learn something new.

My conclusion is that there are no short cuts, if you want to be a successful long-term trader you need to learn the profession and that take dedication and time.