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Things are okay now, but I got shithoused in the LEH bankruptcy. My stock went to zero, I had no income, and my portfolio got cut in half. Those were dark days.
I vowed two things:
1) To never put myself in a position where I could lose it all again, and
2) To have some fun for a change, for crying out loud.
Seriously. I had just spent the last nine years trading and didn't do anything fun. I went about 3-4 years between vacations once, without even taking a day off. When I got home at night, I would get right on the Bloomberg terminal. On the weekends, I read financial books.
All that dedication has paid off, but it was a crummy way to live.