My Roller-Coaster Ride to the Millionaire Milestone

by | Oct 3, 2023


Seeing so many of my students grow from struggling newbies to market masters is the most inspiring thing in the world to me.

And as I proudly look upon my pupils, I can’t help but think about my early days as a Tim Sykes student…

How I went from being a miserable accountant, stuck in a cubicle all day, to a multi-millionaire trader, living out my wildest dreams…

That said, my road to trading success wasn’t easy. It was long and challenging. 

It took me over ten years to make my first million. (A lot of people have never stuck to anything for ten years!)

As most of you are early in your trading journeys, I’m sure you’re experiencing many of the same growing pains that I did when I first entered the markets.

But how can you overcome these hurdles to flourish into the brilliant trader you have the potential to be?

Keep reading to hear a few of my ideas…

How I Evolved Into a Consistent Trader

I’m gonna let you all in on a little secret…

Roughly 10 years ago, I was working as a general accountant. I was always good with numbers and conservative about saving my money.

But like many Americans, I hated my job. I longed for something more exciting.

I’ve always had a fascination with day trading. But initially, I didn’t have the confidence to take the plunge. 

Then, one fateful day, I clicked on a link for a Tim Sykes webinar … I had no idea my entire life was about to change.

I loved it. I immediately connected with Sykes’ approach to the markets. 

But let me be clear about something … When I first started studying with Sykes, I had no idea what I was doing. 

I had all the obvious signs of a newbie trader — loose strategy, shaky pattern recognition, and poor execution.

But hey, we all have to start somewhere, right?

Little did I know, the real work was just beginning. I dove headfirst into the Trading Challenge

To say I was hooked would be an understatement…

I watched all of Tim’s video lessons and webinars three times each. Then, I organized them by category and started answering questions from fellow students. 

Doing so helped me internalize every key chart pattern — first red days, first green days, supernovas, blow-off tops, etc.

After that, my results went on a massive upswing. This wasn’t a coincidence — my hard work was finally paying off.

Now, as I reflect back on this turning point, I notice certain key improvements have been critical to my evolution. 

Here’s why I think I’m the trader I am today…

The 3 Improvements That Made Me Millions

Nothing is more rewarding to me than seeing noticeable improvements in my (and my students’) trading. 

I live for this progress. 

Even when a play doesn’t go perfectly … If my execution marks an improvement over my last trade — I view that as a win.

But how SPECIFICALLY have I grown and evolved? 

What areas of improvement have made the biggest difference in my trading career? 

(This could help you, too.)


As a newbie trader, I’d hesitate and second-guess my trade ideas. 

But these days, if the chart pattern is perfect for me — I try to pull the trigger fearlessly. 

Note: I still miss entries and exits sometimes. You can never expect to trade perfectly.


Sometimes I had a good idea for a trade, but it wasn’t the perfect time to enter. 

These days, I strive for zen-like patience with my setups and picking the best time to strike. 

Note: As an options trader, timing is everything. Being too early (or late) is the same as being wrong.


When I started trading, I was less picky with my setups and got into trades I should’ve avoided. 

Steer clear of my early lack of discipline. Wait for ideal setups and perfect chart patterns. 

Don’t copy other traders’ plays or chase my trade alerts.

Note: Avoiding FOMO is a skill you must master.

Final Thoughts

My trading journey has been a long, hard road. But I wouldn’t trade my time in the markets for anything

Now, it’s fun to look back on my hard work and all I’ve accomplished.

Remember, it took me years and years before I had true confidence in my trading abilities. And even then, it was another several years more before I made my first million. 

Everyone has to start somewhere. The key is how you evolve

Confidence, patience, and discipline — focus on these three trading virtues and you’ll be taking your first steps toward success.

It won’t be easy. But if you stick with it, you might be amazed at where your trading journey can take you.

And speaking of your trading journey…

Are You Ready To Take The Next Step?

Here’s the truth … I wouldn’t be a multi-millionaire if I hadn’t joined Tim Sykes’ Trading Challenge so many years ago.

And I want you armed with all of the tools necessary for success in the stock market.

So, if you’re passionate and dedicated, ready to take on anything the market throws at you, then I’ve got something for you…

My mentor, Tim Sykes, has helped traders learn to succeed for years. More than 30 of them (including me) are now millionaires.

Are you ready to take your trading game to the next level? Do you have what it takes to face the Trading Challenge?

Let’s find out…


I’m excited to see you there!

Meet Mark:

Mark Croock is a former accountant who after studying under Millionaire Trader Tim Sykes turned his small account into $4.11 million in trading profits by applying Tim’s strategies to options trading.

He started Evolved Trader to pay it forward and help other traders learn how to leverage options


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