Rainmaker986 spent 25 years in aircraft maintenance, mainly working with jet engines. He spent a few years working in manufacturing before leaving it and all other rat-race jobs behind. He is a long-time equities investor and low-risk (in his eyes) trader. He is self-educated and certainly made his share of mistakes along the way. He has tried to learn something from each one and feel he has. In the 25+ years he has been in the equities market he has earned enough to become financially independent, and lost enough to appreciate how difficult it can be. He does not mind sharing what little he knows, but realizes too that "advice is a dangerous gift even from the wise to the wise". Experience has shown him that well-researched dividend investing is the best way to go (at least for him). He continues to follow this line of thinking and those who are of like mind. He hopes that others will see that it can be done even if you start with very little. Patience, study and persistence is the key, along with financial education.