In high school, I developed an interest in investing by going over stock ticker symbols in the newspaper with my father. From there, I began trading stocks online in college and eventually parlayed my interest into a career in Institutional Equities at a couple investment banks.
For many people, investing in the stock market over a lifetime, has been financially rewarding. I know plenty of people who have retired early due to their investments. On the flip side, I know several people who lost their shirts during the dotcom crash and housing meltdown due to margin. They invested way too much at the wrong time.
The sooner you can start investing, the better investor you’ll be. You’ll learn from your mistakes when you have less money, so you can make better decisions when you have much more. Always start small and work your way up!