You can always go to a casino if you are looking for something risky and exciting, but if you are serious about trading, then I do not think that those are good drivers. Part of becoming a successful trader over the long-term involves learning how to properly manage and mitigate risk.
Your education can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be. I advocate trading on an demo account until you have proven to yourself that you are consistently profitable. If you trade on a demo account, it is important that you trade in the exact, same way that you would trade if you were trading on a live account.
All that being said, people are different and there is no one-size-fits-all. I think that enjoying what you do can be helpful over the long-term.