What’s up, guys! I wanted to tell you all my story of how I got into trading and eventually went full time as I feel many could relate.
My journey began in High School. After everyone, teachers and fellow students, kept describing what they wanted to do after they graduated, and I personally did not know, I got frustrated. All I knew was that I wanted to make a lot of money. And in movies and on TV, the people that make the most money were always people on Wall Street. So, I figured, okay…I’ll start trading stocks. This was the very beginning of my trading journey.
I went online searching for how to make money trading stocks (I had not even heard about the FX market yet). I found a certain famous Penny Stock Guru and his course. I bought the first part of his course and went to work. Unfortunately, I wasn’t making the money fast enough or consistently. So my parents told me I had to go to college.
I went to college because I was still looking for what I wanted in my life and I’ve heard from countless people that college is where you figure out what you want to do. So, I went to college under the business program because that related to Wall Street. Along the way I added a Finance Major to my College degree. All this time I was still trying to trade penny stocks, but I just could not become consistent. I also worked two jobs to support myself and pay off my student loans. So about halfway through college I was still just as hungry and one day on Instagram, I stumbled across someone’s Forex profits and I was in awe. I messaged them looking for info on how I could possibly get some of those profits. And this is how I entered the FX Market.
This person I messaged on Instagram…was a part of an MLM (Multi Level Marketing) company that specialized in Forex Trading. That’s right. I came to know this market through a Pyramid Scheme. At the time I thought it was great, but over time, I pulled no one into the company and the trade copier they offered actually lost me money. I became annoyed. If you didn’t have 2 people below you in the company, you had to pay $200 every month. So I was paying $200 every month just for the privilege of losing money with the trade copier. After several months of that garbage, I decided I had to leave. I just couldn’t take those loses anymore. But that being said, I did not give up on FX trading. I had seen people’s profits. I just wasn’t making any at the time. I thought to myself, “Hey if they could do it, then why can’t I?” And so, I left the MLM company and went searching on Instagram for someone to teach me.
I’m not lying to you when I say, ThatFXTrader was the first page I found. I followed Albert for a month (just to see if he was actually good) before I finally messaged him asking to be taught. Thankfully this was early in his Instagram days, so received the 1-1 classes. I consider myself so lucky and so unbelievably blessed. The first and the only Mentor I talked to on Instagram was actually the greatest teacher I could ever ask for. Not only did he teach me everything I needed to become a successful trader, but he also stood by me when things got tough and he has become an excellent friend of mine.
That was about two years ago now. The amount of times I have considered quitting and just giving up is too high to count. Just because I am currently consistent, does not mean I always was. There were many low points in the previous two years. And at certain points I completely considered quitting for good. Deep down I knew I was not meant for any normal desk job, but the difficulties that faced me at the time clouded my judgement. So, I thank Albert for always talking me out of the Mental Prison I worked myself into every time over the past two years. No matter how hard times got for me (and there were some VERY difficult times) he always managed to convince me that I NEEDED to keep pushing. No matter how much it absolutely sucked at the time, the good times to follow were just too great. I could not give up on myself. And I thank God that I did not. I have no idea where I would be today if I had actually given up at any point in my journey. The only thing I know is that I would not have been happy with how my life turned out and I would not have as many friends as I have now.
The amount of friends I have met throughout the past two years is so awesome. Shout out to everyone that I ever worked with. I love you all and I hope you are all doing phenomenal. I think people forget that all of us that offer assistance, are real people. ThatFXTrader, Albert, he is real. I’ve met him. We hung out in New York City and we’re planning to hang out again next month. He’s a cool dude. We went out for drinks and when we left the pub, he kept yelling out to everyone in Times Square that he could help them change their lives hahaha. The man genuinely cares about people, especially all his students. And I am proud to call him my friend.
Back to the story, it was very tough balancing college with studying Forex. Especially when your parents, friends, and family all tell you, that you are just wasting your time and should quit. The amount of work I have put into this craft has really made me value any success I see from it, no matter how small. I officially went full time when I graduated college. I did not have a massive account when I did go full time, but I was consistent enough and had enough money saved up to cover my living costs in the event I went on a losing streak. Everyone thinks you need a million dollar account to go full time. That’s just not true. Yeah that is great and it helps but you just need to be able to cover all your expenses plus a little extra to ensure account growth. Don’t quit your job before you’re ready to be a full time trader, but don’t overthink that transition either. Just think solely living expenses. That’s it.
So that’s my story. I’m just a guy with a College Degree in Business Administration and Finance that learned how to make a living independently. In the end of the day, the goal is not millions of dollars (well that is a goal). The main goal is freedom. I work so that I can say I do not have to go to a job that I hate everyday and answer to boss that irritates me. Freedom is all I am after. And I am so grateful that I’m blessed enough to have the chance to achieve that freedom.