Maybe it's just movies, get-rich-quick advertisements, or the very uncommon case that gives this impression, but it seems people think it's possible to multiply your money dozens or hundreds of times in the market and become a millionaire in just a few years. Thinking logically this shouldn't be possible. Even the best performing companies seem grow by maybe 10x or so before becoming stable, and even that can take a decade. Starting with $10k, you would have to invest in exactly the right stock(s), wait a decade to grow it, then sell and start over again, and wait another decade.
By what multiple can money grow with just wise investments? And how long does it take? For example, Warren Buffet had to have made his fortune doing more than just buying and selling, right? There's no way that alone could turn $10k in 1950 into $50B today... could it?