One of my favorite things to share with stock market investors is the following phrase.
"People get out of the stock market exactly what they want to get out of the stock market."
One thing I can say for sure is that if you want winning performance out of your investments you better be prepared to do the work and know that losses are the cost of doing business.
Whether you feel the stock market is a gamblers paradise or a safe haven for the long term to increase your purchasing power in years to come, you will probably get from the market what you want.
A short 15 months ago on March 23, 2020 my assets were a tad over $5,766,000. It was an ugly time. I didn't sell into the negativity and bad press. I held, day after day. It didn't feel good but I knew Covid mania was temporary. Life would go on, in America, around the world.
If you want to do the work, put in the time, suffer the pain of declining markets and have some success remember, no one cares more than you about your money. Get in that relationship with your goals. Know that preparation eliminates fear. The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.
You can't stop hard work, preparation and attitude. Success isn't owned, it's leased and rent is due every day. It's not how life happens to us. It how we happen in life.
Remember, God feeds the birds but God doesn't drop worms into the nest.