Egg 1 - The Birth of an Egg
Crack, and out came the hatchling. "Why am I here, What do I do?" Just like the newly born chick, all of us must start somewhere.
First, Don't Rush Yourself. Take your time. Study slowly and diligently at first and in time all you learn will become second nature. It took me six months before I thought I understood Candlesticks and stock trading and another year before I felt comfortable trading. Upper most in your mind should always be to Guard Your Money as Every Trade you make has a Risk.
Second, Have a Trading Plan. Write the plan down! How much money do you have to invest? How much can you afford to invest in one company? How much can you afford to lose? How long do you plan on holding a stock you just bought? How much time can you allocate to trading on a daily, weekly basis? Set weekly, monthly, and yearly goals you would like to reach and be conservative in your estimates.
Third, Practice, Practice, Practice !
The steps presented on this website are the ones used daily by the Hawk. Not just Monday through Friday on trading days, but seven days a week, 365 days a year. Sounds boring, and sometimes it is, but consistently practicing became a normal part of my day. Believe me, it's never boring when you can put money in your pocket !
If you have a 401k account see if a self-brokerage account is available...the biggest advantage is that, as of this writing, the profits are tax free until you began your withdrawals at retirement.