Trader Success Story: How a 23-year-old turned $1500 into $128,000 in 1 year
November 28, 2017

Tim Grittani, a 23 year old millennial who successfully turned $1,500 into $128,500 in a span of a year by trading stocks. Read more about this trader success story to find out how he did it. 

The Early life

Tim was raised in a middle-class neighborhood in Chicago and has spent his teenage watching his father run his own business. Although the business did well, he didn’t get to live an extravagant life. His parents didn’t make hundreds or thousands of dollars to support that kind of lifestyle. 

But Tim wanted to soar high. As he was growing up, he wanted to figure out a way to make lots of money, so he thought of venturing into entrepreneurship. But due to lack of funds, he couldn’t start a business.

Eventually, he came to the realization that the best way to learn about entrepreneurship was to attend University and figure out things from there. 

The College life

While in college, Tim started to look for easy ways to make money. One of the avenues where he saw a huge opportunity was gambling. He started trying his luck about all forms of gambling and eventually got addicted to it.

From poker to sports betting, he did it all. At one point, he got lucky enough and made $9,000 from a sports bet. Sadly, his luck didn’t last long, and over the next year he lost all of that money to bad bets.

It was at this point that Tim realized that he needed to quit gambling and focus on learning about his two passions in life: finance and entrepreneurship.

Turning $1,500 into $128,000

Tim Grittani spent the next few months learning how to trade stocks. After acquiring enough knowledge, he wanted to start trading immediately, but the same issue persisted… he didn’t have enough money to open up a brokerage account.

The brokerage account required a minimum of $12,500, but he didn’t have that much money. Family and friends came to his rescue and he was able to borrow the difference.

But the borrowed sum came with one big stipulation…

Tim wasn’t able to trade with the borrowed money. The money had to sit in the account. He was only able to trade with his portion of the money, which was $1,500 at the time.

Because of his limited capital, he decided that he was going to focus on buying penny stocks. He didn’t want to mess around with expensive stocks like Google or Apple for obvious reasons.

Within the first six months of using what he learned in the training course, he made over $40,000. At one point, he made $11,000 in 15 minutes. He bought the stock AGRT at 40 cents and sold it at 70 cents… all within 15 minutes.

The Future

Over the next 12 months, Tim is on track to make even more money… $250,000 in profit. So far things are looking good, and he is already ahead of schedule. The training program has worked out so well for him, he went to the Maldives with his mentor and is now starting to enjoy the finer things in life.

He also realizes that although he is doing well, he needs to continue to improve his financial education as things change over time. To improve upon his education, he isn’t just reading what he can find online; instead, he is focusing a large portion of his time on networking with other traders as that is providing him with more insights than anything else.


There are two main points you should learn from this story…


There are a lot of people who give advice on how you can make money. But very few people take action because it requires a lot of work.

Whether it’s the training program or advice on how to start up a blog or any business, anything worthwhile takes time and hard work. So, don’t be afraid to work hard because if you don’t, you won’t get results at all. Take right actions and who knows your story becomes a trader success story someday? 


Secondly, if you want something badly enough, go out there and fight for it. Not everything works out the way you expect, but if you keep trying, sooner or later you will do well.

For example, Tim didn’t succeed at first with gambling, but he eventually reached his goals through the stock market. 

What other lessons can you learn from Tim’s story?

Author: Neil Patel

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