With the cost of college or university degrees rising exponentially in most of the world, some people are beginning to question whether a degree is worth 5 or even 6 figure sums of debt to get into before they are even 25 years old!
Here we shall take a look at 5 people who have go on to be successful and/or happy people without degrees, which may help you with your decision to go to college or university or not!
Multi-millionaire and founder of the Virgin company, Branson is known for his adventurism such as circumnavigating the globe in a air balloon, as well as his philanthropy. So it may come as a surprise he built his fortune by dropping out of school when he was only 16, and then gradually built his first business selling discounted vinyl LPs to students. Which is a little ironic!
One of the greatest directors of all-time, Tarantino is known for cult-classic films such as Pulp Fiction and From Dusk Till Dawn during the 1990’s.
However, few people seem to know that he actually dropped out of high school in Los Angeles when he was only 16 years old, and eventually after working a job in a video rental store for 5 years before eventually writing and directing the film that catapulted him to stardom, Reservoir Dogs, in 1992.
With a current net-worth (January 2018) of 92 billion dollars, Bill Gates – the creator and founder of the Microsoft corporation – is the second richest man in the world, just behind the creator of the Amazon company. Gates made it all the way to the prestigious Harvard University, and despite getting consistently good grades, decided to drop out in 1975. He went on to found Microsoft just a few years later. More so, he has said that he does not regret this decision because he learnt everything he needed to know outside of university, through experience but also making it a point to read a minimum of 50 books a year!
So you may have heard of Facebook, and this is the guy who created it.
Another Harvard University drop-out, Zuckerberg was already a computer science genius in his freshmen year. But he dropped out of University in his sophomore year because he saw the potential of implementing his ideas for Facebook…Needless to say that was a great decision! He is now the 5th richest person in the world, and represents the 2nd Harvard University drop-out here who are one of the top 5 richest people in the world (just behind Bill Gates!). Funnily enough, despite dropping out to create Facebook, he was given an honorary degree in 2017 by Harvard University!
One of the greatest actors in the late 20th and early 21st century, Pitt has starred in cult-classics such as Fight Club, as well as more classically-stylised films such as Interview with the Vampire. But Pitt – as it turns out – was only 2 weeks away from graduating a Journalism degree at the University of Missouri. The reasons he has given for this decision are sketchy, with Pitt stating that he just just “was not ready” to commit to jobs like all his fellow graduates were doing. So he just decided to move to Los Angeles after having “moments of epiphany..“, without ever finishing his final 2 credits.
As strange as this seems, you just cannot argue it was a bad decision, considering how successful he has been as an actor.
So there we have it! We have 3 of the richest men in the world, along with a legendary director and an actor who have all been hugely successful despite never getting a degree. So it is more than possible to achieve great things without going to college or university, with just some luck and more than a little tenacity!