I start my journey in stocks few months before the short squeeze memes came to fruition. As a good newbie i melded in, made decent monies and then put half of it in an even darker short squeeze (IG Telecom or something, i don't even want to open my broker to verify, it awaken dark memories kek) who declared a chapter 7 literally the day after, so i lost everything, and the other half in various scam juniors miners, where i'm down -95% in average.
My expensive lesson was :
>stop being a retard dude, stocks are a giant scam backed by nothing, entirely designed to siphon cash away from the real economy, and you aren't part of the big bois allowed to profit from it
I believe that if it weren't for stocks, inflation would be much, much worse, as all the trillions in standstill there would be used to chase an ever decreasing amount of goods (we don't produce anymore). Stocks, like bonds, shitcoins and various digitalized "assets" are the last greed-fueled sponges preventing the USD to descent in a hyperinflationary spiral.
This is why i know stick to 100% tangible assets. Mainly PMs, but antiques, collectibles, liquors, cars,.. also are a decent alternative.