Started out as an infantry soldier in the Canadian Forces. Upon deployment to Afghanistan in 2004, I stumbled across 'The Intelligent Investor' by Ben Graham and was hooked (kind of weird to find your passion in a book left behind by another soldier in a base in Afghanistan, but life is odd like that). When I came back, I accpted an honorable discharge, and left to do what I love to do. Got hired by a quality prop trading firm in Toronto through sheer force of will (it's tough to get hired by these places with no university degree) and a little luck. It also didn't hurt that I was able to show a year of solid trading in my personal account. Started there in 2006, and learned a lot from a few old, grizzled traders. Discovered I do have a natural skill for trading. Recently struck it out on my own with my own bankroll. By no means am I infalliable (one can always improve) and I still have room to learn. But so far in my short trading career, I have found a good degree of success. Being a good trader is not being always right, because you're not going to be. Certainly, a knack for making the right calls is very important. But THE most imprtant thing to being a good trader is not the calls you make, but your discipline in trading those calls. The discipline to cut your losers quickly, and the strength to let your winners ride. I trade aggresively, but never make a trade without being properly hedged. My bread and butter is statistical arbitrage (pairs trading).