Investing is not magic. It's a skill.
Just like riding a Harley, if you want to cruise along the highway and feel the wind in your hair, you have to first learn HOW to do it. Get your license, understand the bike, understand the traffic rules, then play within the rules.
It's exactly the same with investing. Most people go with the flow, putting their money based on a friend's recommendation. They may end up losing money, and swear never to invest again. Would you ride your bike on a busy highway without a license? Of course not.
If you want to make your money work for you, take investing seriously and first invest in yourself. Learn it like a skill. There are no shortcuts.