It was around 2002 and I had been dabbling with trading for a few years, but I wasn't making money doing any of these things. I had bounced from method to method for 3 years without making any money.
I had spent hours every night studying charts and looking at indicators, patterns, candlesticks and price action... with nothing to show for it apart from a huge pile of papers and a whole lot of confusion.
In my search for answers I read over 200 trading books and discovered systematic trading. I was hooked because finally with this approach I could actually test my ideas and discover what was actually profitable without risking real money!
Plus I was busy as hell in my day job and I just didn't have the time to look at the charts for 3 hours a day.
Systematic trading allowed me to continue trading despite having a crazily busy life. I was working long hours, travelling every week and had a young family. By following my trading systems, which took just 20-30 minutes a day, I was able to grow my account to over 7 figures as well as pay off all of my debts and mortgage from my trading profits.
This didn't happen overnight, it was a journey and by 2012 I had made more money that year trading just 20-30 minutes day than I did in my day job (which had a pretty solid 6 figure salary at the time - working 12-14 hours a day mind you).
So in 2012 I left my job and have never looked back!