A lot of people have jobs that they don’t like. They work at jobs they don’t like for many reasons. Food needs to be bought, the electric bill needs to get paid and we need a roof over our heads. I myself am not a fan of my current job. I have a little over 4 years in, and will probably do many more. There are days when I think my job sucks, that I wish I could quit. I have to remind myself that it could be worse, that no matter how much I think I hate my job, there are worse jobs that I’ve done and that this job is just a stepping stone to something better.
I don’t hate everything about my job. For the most part, I work with a good group of people. My pay is decent and the benefits are good. The thing that I hate most about my job is that it doesn’t challenge me intellectually. It never will. I really think my job makes me stupider (see, that’s not even a word). This is one reason why I read a lot, to learn and experience new things. It is also one reason why I am so fascinated with the stock market. It is constantly changing and I learn something new everyday.
My ideal job is to become a successful stock trader. I will do this eventually, but not until the timing is right. I have set some rules for myself, here they are in no particular order.
- Be 100% debt-free
- Have a minimum of 1 year EF
- Must have consistent profits for 2-3 years prior
- Trading account minimum of $50k (preferably more though)
After looking at these rules I set for myself, it will probably be quite some time before I quit my job and try trading full-time. I am fine with that because I think this is the safest way to do it. I know how stressful the market can be, I trade everyday. If I were to try this right now I would be stressed out of my mind. I made the debt-free and 1 year EF rules that way I wouldn’t be worried if I was going to make the bills for the month. Trading because you need the money only stresses you out and makes you worry about making the wrong decision. This is not the way to trade. I can’t be scared to lose money, it has happened before and will again. It is just part of the game, the key is to make more than I lose.
I look forward to the day when I can leave my job and go full-time in the market. I know I will be happier. I will get to spend more time with the wife, and at some point maybe a child or two. My main priority will always be to provide for my family. If stock trading doesn’t work out and I have to work a job I don’t like so be it. I am ok with that as long as my family is provided for and they are happy.
What is your ideal job?