A lot of good ideas in this thread. I was getting seriously concerned about what to tell people, once I start out full time. A few whom I have told, gave reactions like Now I have got some cool ideas. I have found that people don`t really give credence to anything that isn`t taught at university.. until you start puffing smoke from your BMW in their face. Since I neither have the BMW, as yet, nor do I have the temperament to "show" people, I think its best to answer something plausible and move on. I don`t need to justify myself to people.
When people ask me what I do for a living my stock answer is: "I am a professional slacker".
I kinda am really though cuz I only work 6 months a year and then can do anything, go anywhere in the world, at anytime I want for the other 6 months. Preferably with the hotttest chick I can get my hands on..LOL AND I don't even trade full time yet! COOL HUH
This advice resonated with me so much that wanted to share this with you - how many of my mornings from a young age started with 4:30am (say, right from age 12) and those have been the best mornings of my universe.
Whenever I broke my silence I had to pay something for it, mostly to myself, many times to others.
Trading is so satisfying in itself that now no other profession can ever do.
For me my trading is just an entertaining hobby, so I don't mention it when people ask what I do for a living.
I simply tell them "I'm a programmer - and I find binaries interesting"
Most people then think that is a reference to the binary numbers that computers deal with - and I just leave it at that.
Even if I was trading full-time for a living, I wouldn't talk much about it.
In that case I would probably say "I work with computers from home - and I find binaries interesting".
Many people find it "suspicious" if somebody can make money "out of thin air", by just watching some charts and drawing lines on them, buying/selling non-existant items with non-existant money.
Day-trading is considered "gambling", or "speculating", not "honest hard work".