Jesse Livermore was one of the most successful stock market traders in the early 20th century and it was because of his willingness to learn from mistakes that he was able to rise above the competition. That was something that his contemporaries didn’t appear to have done as well but Jesse took his leads from research and years of experience and was constantly striving to improve himself. One of his biggest and most costly mistakes was in the early 1930s when Livermore was heavily leveraged in the stock market and as it began to plunge, he lost the majority of his fortune and was facing the prospect of bankruptcy. However, from that point on, Livermore took a different approach and decided to change his strategy. He stopped relying on leverage and margin trading and began to focus more on fundamental analysis. He researched the underlying trends and sought out sound investments that he could make based on the data. This allowed Livery to slowly build the majority of his wealth back up and eventually it allowed him to reach his peak in the 1940s. Even though Livermore ultimately lost a significant portion of his fortune, the lesson learned from that experience definitely made him a better investor. It taught him the importance of exercising caution and looking at the underlying fundamentals as opposed to trying to base decisions on speculative tips and rumors. In addition, it also taught him how to diversify his investments and not put too much money into any one sector. The lessons from Jesse Livermore’s mistakes have endured for many decades and are still important today. They serve as an important reminder that even the people who have fared exceedingly well in the stock market have made costly mistakes in the past and that these mistakes have been used to help them become better traders in the future. Rising from the ashes of failure is possible and Livermore shows us that it can be done with patience, hard work, and the willingness to learn from prior experiences.