For new investors, the market often seems volatile and scary. Sometimes it helps to keep the big picture in mind: Stocks bring returns over time and with luck or excellent analysis you can even multiply your money.
When you consider a few absolute NO-GOs like too much risk in a single position or applying a completely wrong strategy, save regularly and invest long-term, it is almost impossible to lose money in the stock market.
For example, if you take the average return on equities over the past decades of around 7% per annum, and you save $500 a month, an initial investment of $5,000 grows to almost $100k in ten years, and after 20 years you can look at almost $300,000 and after 30 years at even $600,000.
But what if you want to grow faster and experience more aggressive returns? If you are a risk taker, you can act actively and as a good trader you can earn a higher return. At 20% per year, an initial investment of $5,000 and monthly savings of $500 can already help you grow to more than $200,000 after ten years and, after 20 or 30 years, to proud $1.5 million, or over $9 million.
If this does not make you curious about systematic learning of the art of trading and investing, then I do not know what will.