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Meet the 19-Year-Old Day Trader Changing Lives

Written by Tatiana Robek.

What it takes to carve out a successful career in the high-stakes world of day trading is a question that only a small portion of those who try it might answer. At 19 years old, Justin Werlein might be one of the youngest people with the necessary experience to offer up an answer to that question, and a good one at that.

“Up to 90% of trading is all psychology,” he says. “It’s not just technical stuff, looking at a chart. A lot of it is dealing with emotions, especially when you’re risking large amounts of capital in a very fast, short amount of time. And a lot of the time, people can’t endure that level of stress and anxiety that brings on to their life.”

Justin is not your average 19-year-old. While his peers are immersing themselves in the academic rigors of college or stepping into their first jobs, Justin is breaking barriers in a field where few have dared to tread, and fewer have managed to find their way.  

Born and raised in the middle-class neighborhood of Danville, Justin Werlein was blessed with loving parents and a supportive family that provided him with a strong foundation. Even though his early childhood was marked by a rebellious streak, leading to multiple suspensions in elementary school, these experiences only molded him into a stronger individual.

“I feel like there were things that have happened in my life that other people would say have affected them negatively,” Justin says. “But I think ever since a young age, anything that has happened to me negatively hasn’t stuck with me for a long time.”

After a career-ending concussion in hockey – a sport he had dedicated his life to – he was forced to find a new competitive outlet. It was during this search that he stumbled upon trading. A competitive endeavor, trading appealed to his drive to be the best. It quickly became Justin’s new form of competition, his new arena.

Forced to move to Boise between his junior and senior years in high school, Justin was in unfamiliar territory. “It was a little rough when I initially moved here. I was completely focused on trading at the time,” he recalls. “I didn’t have any desire to make any friends. My only goal and focus at this time was to succeed with trading, and I didn’t want any distractions.”

For over a year, Justin dedicated his life to the world of finance, making sacrifices that might have seemed too high a price for others but, for him, were necessary stepping stones to success. Trading appealed to him. It became his new arena, where he’d have to fight himself instead of others. Trading required discipline, time, and, most importantly, psychological fortitude.

There was also a fair share of challenging moments that tested his resolve. After working hard to triple the size of his account in his early trading days, he watched it all go away over a week. It sent him into a spiral of shame and embarrassment before he decided to turn it into one of the most valuable lessons he learned about trading.

“When you first start trading, don’t focus on making money. It will take you a lot of time before you start making money,” he says. “Focus on the process and not the profits. It took me two and a half years to start making money.” He uses his platform on social media, as well as membership Discord channel, to teach that message to other traders, too.

Trading is not an easy road. It’s fraught with stress, anxiety, and the constant risk of loss. However, Justin Werlein considers his youth an advantage. It offers him a safety net, allowing him to take on risks and endure setbacks that older people might find more challenging to handle. At the age of 19, Justin is well on his way to achieving his financial freedom goal and setting his community on a path to success, proving that anything is possible with resilience, commitment, and the right mindset.

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