I agree, if getting rich is your goal, forget it. However, if all you want is to be able to work for yourself, take time off whenever you want, and live a descent life on your own terms (rather than answering to someone else) then that is well within trading forex pairs, or futures, or other liquid assets. Is it easy? No. Is it possible, absolutely. I've traded futures, and now I trade spot forex. I've been trading for 5 years and have no plans to stop and could care less what anyone else thinks of that. The fact is, if you have reasonable goals (don't shoot for the stars), have a net positive system (the simpler the better), and practice good position management, you can make a great living. Those who say otherwise, well, all I can say to them is go on and find another avenue of income. To the rest of you I heartily recommend you keep at it.