My investing history didn't need to be so brief...after all your first million is the toughest.
If you would have asked me what a dividend was while I was in my third year of university I likely would have given you a blank stare. Through conversations with a friend of mine during my latter years of university I became interested in personal finance. When I graduated in 2002 I quickly joined the working world as I needed to pay the rent. Around this time I began to have conversations with people in my life who had an interest in mutual funds, stocks, and the markets. Acting on my new found interest in these topics, as well as a realization of the power of compound interest, I plunked down a hard earned $500 and bought a Canadian Equity mutual fund.
Even though I was earning a very meagre salary, and I had a $4,500 outstanding student loan I felt I needed to get involved and participate in the economic power of corporations growing my capital for me. In hindsight I wish I would have stumbled upon the world of the stock markets, and personal finance much, much earlier. I strongly believe that there should be a mandatory personal finance class in high school or even elementary school. Knowing what I know now, even though my resources were very tight in my high school and university days I might have skipped that extra case of beer or that new golf shirt and bought some shares of Royal Bank of Canada (RY) instead.