How long between when you knew investing was possible, and actually buying your first investment? And did you have adequate savings/capital the day you decided or did you have to save? If there was a delay (other than having the cash) what were the obstacles? Fear, uncertainty, negative partner etc? I'm pretty curious as it seems there is such a huge spread among people depending on their risk profile, circumstances and personality. Some have a mountain of money wasting away in a savings account and um and ah literally for years, knowing investing is a "good idea" but not taking action. Others get so fired up that they cannot buy their first investment soon enough and get out of the gates like an Olympic sprinter. For me, I bought my PPOR as soon as I could afford to, then saved like mad while I learned about how the whole "investing in property" thing worked. By the time I had learned enough (saving in the mean time) I was ready to roll (though it did involve copping a nice big break fee on my PPOR loan to shake loose equity).