Case Study: Mariana Studied For a Year — and Became a Millionaire By 20 {Infographic}

By Timothy Sykes

Last updated on April 19, 2022
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Mariana is a trailblazing Trading Challenge student. Not only is she my first female millionaire student, but also the youngest. She was just 20 years old when she passed seven figures in trading profits.

I’m so inspired by Mariana’s trading journey that I dedicated my 86th Karmagawa school to her:

She may be young, but Mariana’s success is no accident. Her story is the perfect illustration of ‘preparation meets opportunity’ — and the results are extraordinary.

Mariana’s Guiding Principles

  • Grind every day and STAY HUMBLE
  • Be willing to adapt
  • Use trading tools to track opportunities
  • Keep learning every day

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Mariana’s dad urged her to find a career where she could support herself. She gravitated toward the stock market and joined my Trading Challenge right after high school. Mari didn’t get serious until 2019. Early on, she lost — like most traders. But she learned from the experience and made three important changes: scaling down positions, studying harder, and ruthlessly cutting losses.



Joins my Trading Challenge right after high school but doesn’t start trading yet.


Attends my Trader & Investor Summit, gets inspired, and starts studying.


Starts trading and has a string of losses before adjusting her strategy and approach.

December 2020

Mariana becomes my first six-figure female student.

February 2021

Mari has her best trading month yet and crosses the million-dollar mark!

May 2021

I dedicate my 86th Karmagawa school to Mariana.

August 2021

Has her biggest losses ever — totaling $90K.

September 2021

Adapts to the changing market and makes over $63,000, reporting about $40,000 of it from short selling.

April 2022

Up over $1.6 million in trading profits.

Go-To Strategies

  • Dip-buying Nasdaq and OTC stocks. She considers going long her home.
  • Shorting isn’t her favorite strategy, but Mari will go wherever she sees opportunities.


  • Over $1.6 million in trading profits
  • Average 4.98% gain per trade
  • Average $1,382 gain per trade
  • Passed $1 million in February 2021

Source: (April 2022)

Trading Superpowers

  • Supreme patience — studying the market for a full year before trading with real money!
  • Maximal restraint — from savoring crème brûlée to waiting for the very best plays.
  • Powerful perspective — Mari’s $90K+ losses prompted time for self-care so she could come back with confidence.

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Take Your Education Further!

What did you learn from Mariana’s story? What can you take to your own trading? Let me know in the comments!


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Comments (1)
Author imageTimothy Sykes
Hey Everyone,

As many of you already know I grew up in a middle class family and didn't have many luxuries. But through trading I was able to change my circumstances --not just for me -- but for my parents as well. I now want to help you and thousands of other people from all around the world achieve similar results!

Which is why I've launched my Trading Challenge. I’m extremely determined to create a millionaire trader out of one my students and hopefully it will be you.

So when you get a chance make sure you check it out.

PS: Don’t forget to check out my 30 Day Bootcamp, it will teach you everything you need to know about trading.

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