My interest in the stock market is relatively recent. As it happens, I incurred heavy losses on my initial investments that were more or less chosen due to familiarity. After that loss, I realized that whims and intution are not going to make me money and started reading. SA came about a year ago and I have enjoyed the association. Some of the articles on investing strategies have been especially illuminating.
I have more than recovered my initial losses several times over in the last few years. However, the market has been on an upswing so the real test is going to be when the bear comes to take the candies away. I do have some strategies in place that I adhere to no matter the conditions so that should help.