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I look at investing as being similar to starting/owning a business. It's not for everyone, due to risk. All you can control is trying to be as educated as you can about the risks you decide to take and whether you'll be able to abide with the possible negative outcomes.

It's necessary that a certain percentage of humanity take the plunge; it's how we've raised our standard of living. Where would we be as a society if people weren't willing to "go into business?"

So it's a worthy, albeit risky, venture. Only you can determine if it's for you or not.

I'm happy to have lived through this downturn. It's taught me a lot about my temperament and what, if anything, I've learned about investing.
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