I'm retired now and made my first of many mistakes in the stock market beginning the same year I graduated from college. I bought a growth mutual fund from an "adviser" and promptly sold when I made a profit. If the fund would have gone down I would have probably sold at a loss never to invest again. But, by making a profit I figured that this was better than a bank and kept doing it not realizing, at first, that if I didn't sell I had the potential to make even more profits. I enjoyed the potential so much that I became a "financial adviser" guiding people into the right investments suited for that individual.