The basic issue is this: ever since I was a child I've enjoyed a certain fascination with the stock market. But I never had a chance to explore it as a child so I pretty much forgot about it until last year when I applied for work at a financial services company. They showed me that despite the many frauds of the financial world - it can be used to help people... which basically was something that I'd been trying to convince myself of since I was five. And there it was, staring me in the face.
I didn't get the job due to regrettable mistakes, however, it was enough to light the fire under my ass and get me to make a decision that it was worth it to investigate the stock market and pursue my ambition of helping people through investing in their own future (I have always, always, asked myself why people don't invest more then they do.) I found some guides, followed their advice, and joined a stock market simulation game to try out my ideas. My ideas turned out to make a small amount of money, so I pushed the boundaries a bit and asked some friends and family to make some random predictions.
My own Mother, with zero ability to care about the market, still called winners 75% of the time - which held as a ratio between me, her, and several of my friends. Having convinced myself that if random people could pick winning stocks on a whim without any prior research then it was certainly possible to do so with proper research, I moved on to the next step: actually constructing an investment plan. Perhaps I got a little bit too excited, but I basically shared the details of the process with anyone who would listen as I was absolutely certain that this could work.
Then, to my horror, slowly but surely I convinced a few of my friends that I had some logical, conservative goals for this. Which turned this idea from an interesting intellectual exercise into a potential career decision. More importantly, one where I could potentially be responsible for other people's money and not just my own - something I am not entirely comfortable with. Which is a catch-22: I'm not happy about risking their money but I cannot deny the advantages that additional backing would bring.
Thus, for the last month I've been fighting my own misgivings about this as I've slowly come to realize that despite originally intending to NOT make investing my career... I may instinctively shifted in that direction. And the thought that if I can make a system that is profitable I can potentially help another person avoid the life of poverty I've lived for so long is beyond alluring. I just am not sure whether now is the wisest time to make this particular leap of faith.
To make a long story short I am seeking a reading in order to clarify the issues surrounding the present situation in which I find myself. I want to know if my doubts are just me being pessimistic or if there are real issues that I can sense instinctively but can't see that are giving me pause. Any insight into this issue would be appreciated.
(Also, if it helps my birth date is 05/07/1986.)