What is the difference between a surgeon with a scalpel and a maniac with a box cutter? The surgeon is cutting flesh and so is the maniac with the box cutter. The difference is they have different goals. A surgeon cuts by design to heal a body and the maniac cuts to destroy, but they are doing the same thing.
Many people invest, but their goals are completely different. The professional investor invests with design. He understands what he wants to achieve and sets about making those goals a concrete reality. On the other hand, the novice may be investing just like the professional, but because he does not know what his goals are, he may be destroying his capital account and not building it.
There are three reasons why you should educate yourself about investment first before you set out to do it.
When you hand over your money to someone else, like a financial planner or investment advisor, you introduce another layer of risk. When you invest for your self and the skill level is good, you can achieve some miraculous compounding objectives. So the largest reason you should learn how to invest is because nobody is going to care for your capital and your returns more than you.
When you learn to invest correctly you have a control of your own funds. This allows you to act quickly when opportunities present themselves. You do not have to apply to some financial organization to get your money back.
Finally, investing is not only financially rewarding but also it is a fulfilling activity when your goals are being met. Investing adds an incentive to life and gives you a real sense of purpose.