I first got interested in investing after receiving my first pay check following college. I was fortunate enough that my my college tuition was paid by my parents, so I didn’t have any debt when I graduated. I was thrilled when I finally started earning money from my first job. I guess what made me different from my friends was that I made the decision to invest some of those first dollars instead of going out on a shopping spree. However, I really didn’t know much about the stock market, and thanks to those money-sucking informercials thought that day trading was the only way you could make money in the markets. Over the next two years, I lost thousands of dollars in the market, and became very discouraged.