A college drop-out who was told he would struggle to find a job with just four GCSEs is having the last laugh after becoming a millionaire.
Luke Blackburn, 23, was told he would never amount to anything after he quit studying six years ago.
But he now owns three houses and enjoys a luxury lifestyle after amassing a fortune trading on the foreign exchange market.
Luke from Brough, East Yorkshire, secured an apprenticeship with an IT company and learnt about Forex trading on YouTube.
He took out a £1,000 loan and began to trade while also working full time.
Luke said that his main goal at the time was to earn a few extra hundred pounds a month to supplement his salary.
But his trading took off and he found he could also make extra money by sharing his tips with other people.
Luke now enjoys fast cars, expensive watches and six foreign holidays a year.
The online trader said: ‘I’m a working class guy from Hull.
‘I’m a pretty down to earth person, I’ve come from a normal family with normal jobs.
‘I’ve worked hard and as far as I’m concerned I can spend my money on whatever I like.
‘I never wanted to worry about paying for anything.’
Luke said that growing up, his parents struggled for money and to provide for him and his two brothers.
He continued: ‘My parents worked very hard and gave us whatever we needed.
‘My mum always said “you need to do well” and definitely instilled a strong work ethic in me.’
Luke left the IT apprenticeship after a year, saying it was ‘too much to balance trading and a full-time job.’
He added: ‘My parents thought I was mad to leave but I told them I would make a success of it.’
Luke now has three buy-to-let properties, four luxury watches and frequently picks up bills for his parents and other family members.
He said he rakes in between £15,000 and £50,000 a month through his trading and teaching business.
Speaking of his fortune, he said: ‘It’s a difficult question to answer but once you add all of my assets up I’m worth about £1,000,000.
‘Despite the money though the goal was never to become a millionaire. I just want to be stress free and comfortable. I don’t want to worry about bills or anything like that.
‘I can work wherever and whenever I want to. I don’t need an office. All I need is a laptop and an internet connection.’
Luke said his main tip to any wannabe trader was not to get too stressed out when things are going badly.
He said: ‘It’s great when things are going well but the crucial thing is how you react when things aren’t going the way you planned.
‘Don’t rush, don’t try and have a specific goal, just let it flow and don’t put stress on yourself, don’t take it too seriously.
‘If it happens, it happens, if it doesn’t it doesn’t.’