I remember when I first started investing. I read a couple of articles (books were TL;DR) and I thought I knew everything. Besides, my idiot friends were investing and made money, so how hard could it be?
I actually did pretty well with my first trades. Of course, none of that had to do with skill. First, I got lucky with many of those picks. Second, I started investing in a bull market, so it actually would have been harder to lose money in that time period.
Now that I’m a much more knowledgeable investor, these are the things that I was doing wrong, and you probably are too.