If you were to ask me my trading philosophy as a child, I would have told you that buying stock was fun and exciting. I recall as a child visiting my grandparents and each morning as my grandmother read the paper at the kitchen table, she would look up the price of her Sears & Roebuck stock. My grandparents would ooh and aah (teasing of course) if the price was higher. While sitting at that same table, I would witness that same couple pull out their church tithing envelopes and consistently and faithfully give to their church. Those two events made a lasting impression on me.