It started off for me because I was getting fed up with petrol prices going up on me. Each week it was costing me more and more to fill up, it was on my mind as it was constantly in the news. And I thought if it's going up there should be some way to make money from this or at least to hedge against this. (I hadn't linked this until now but when I was at school it was something I had wanted to do.)
After buying into oil, I thought wow, this is good and then I started thinking all the things you have listed in your o.p.
Now I still have some of your list in mind but it is slowly changing to the personal development side, using my grey matter and the challenge to continually grow the account at the fulcrum between optimal growth and potential downfall.
Challenge every day. This elusive feeling of getting an edge over market which sneaks off as you bear losses and then gain again. Its a kind of occupation which complexity stretches with every step you make towards improvement.
No other job can offer you such luring opportunity where you can reach top qualification and the progress meets a blank wall.
I still have ambitions to have just a little bit too much money. I don't want a super-yacht of my own in Antibes, just the chance to take an extra trip to Antibes each year in the off-season. I keep trading. Persistence will win.
the infinite variables regarding strategies and markets and the eternal puzzles and challenges presented to traders ....
money ? .........if you are in it just for the money you will already be one of the high percentage that fail..... ...its just a by-product of success........like many successful professionals - $$'s are a bonus to doing what they enjoy doing 24/7........ :smart:
For me it was pure curiosity. I never thought about being rich or driving a Ferrari or anything like that, it was obvious to me that to make serious money you'd also have to risk serious money.
I would occasionally hear that the price of oil had gone up, or the dollar had fallen and I wanted to understand how and why that happened. I was pleasantly surprised to find that ordinary folk could trade on stock and currency markets, so I gave it a go. MUCH harder than I expected, came close to giving up a few times. At last I developed a profitable strategy, and more importantly, I learned HOW to develop profitable strategies. But there are no shortcuts, it's just hard work.