I was trading full time for just over three years (you can find me here). I have a lot of good things to say about trading: there is barely any bureaucracy in a trading office because there is one objective measure of your ability—your bottom line and your ability to compound that bottom line over time. Eclectic and ambitious people come to trading: farmers, immigrants, misfits. These people are hungry for money because they recognize the value money can bring materially and spiritually. These people will sleep on an office floor and jump up screaming to market-triggered alarms at 3 a.m. in the morning. And these people will work for months without pay because they recognize that they only deserve what they earn. Why did I quit? I quit trading because I have many other interests too, and in trading I could not allow a moments worth of attention to go to other interests without falling of the professional speculator’s tightrope. I am now pursuing those other interests. That’s why I’m on my mini-retirement.