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The Dropout Hall Of Fame

I often struggled in school – In my mind it was never engaging enough or relevant enough or fast enough, and it always took up way too much time out of every day. As a result I rarely made time to study and barely scraped by with just enough effort to maintain passing grades. I finally graduated high school and did what most other high-school graduates are pressured by their peers and parents into doing – I went to college. It didn’t take long before I had taken all that I could take. After two semesters of college, I dropped out and never returned.

TODAY I BUILD COMPANIES FOR A LIVINGΒ 

So how is that possible? How does someone skip that ominous “right of passage” into the professional world of white collar careers and success? The answer may come as a shock to some, but unless you plan on being a medical doctor or an attorney (along with a couple other very specific professions which have state-verification of education as part of the license acquisition process), YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO TO COLLEGE.

“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education”

~Albert Einstein

THE PROBLEM

The modern “for-profit” education system often does more harm than good by leaving all of its unsuspecting victims in hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt …and still unemployed. Here are some statistics reported in USA Today:

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USA Today: Salary Sticker Shock
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USA Today: Starting with negative balance

Additionally, here is a noteworthy statistic from The Wall Street Journal:

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“Student-loan debt in the U.S.” Source: The Wall Street Journal

So why is the “system” so flawed and how are so many people tricked into feeding this debt-enslaving machine? Here are a few thoughts from the well respected visionary, Prince Ea:


THOSE WHO FOUND A WAY

So how do we know these shocking opinions of the traditional education system hold any thread of truth at all? Let’s examine some examples of well know individuals who dropped out of school and yet still managed to have a productive, successful life. Many of these people rose up against overwhelming odds and often endured hardship, poverty, and the scrutiny of their peers but were not shaken from their path toward greatness.

Please consider the following:

Bill Gates

Dropped out of Harvard

Founded Microsoft and became the wealthiest man in the world

Dropped out of Harvard

Co-Founded Microsoft

Steve Jobs

Unable to pay tuition, dropped out of Reed College after one semester

Founded Apple and Pixar

Dropped out of the University of Waterloo

Founded the Ethereum Blockchain and Bitcoin Magazine

Dropped out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Became America’s most celebrated architect

Buckminster Fuller

Expelled from Harvard twice

Became internationally famous for his geodesic domes

James Cameron

Dropped out of Fullerton College

Became an Academy Award-winning director

Mark Zuckerberg

Dropped out of Harvard

Founded Facebook and became the world’s youngest billionaire

Dropped out of Sacramento State to intern at a theater

Became a legendary American actor, producer and film director

Dropped out of Ripon College to pursue carpentry

Became the legendary star of Indiana Jones and Star Wars

Lady Gaga

Dropped out of New York University

Became an internationally famous pop star

Tiger Woods

Dropped out of Stanford University

Became one of the world’s highest paid athletes earning $100M annually

Richard Branson

Dropped out of high school at the age of 16

Founded over 100 companies and became a multi billionaire

Michael Dell

Dropped out of University of Texas at Austin

Founded Dell, Inc. and earns around $14,000,000 annually

Larry Ellison

Dropped out of both the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago

Founded Oracle, the second largest software company in the world

David Geffen

Never attempted going to college

Founded Asylum Records and Geffen Records, and co-founded DreamWorks

David Karp

Dropped out of Bronx High School of Science when he was 15 years old. He never attended college

Founded Tumblr

Ralph Lauren

Dropped out of Baruch College

Founded the clothing line Polo Ralph Lauren

Kirk Kerkorian

Dropped out of school in 8th grade. Never attended college

Strategically invested in Vegas casinos and has a net worth of over $16,000,000,000

Dropped out of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Launched the website, Digg and earned $60,000,000 in 18 months as a result

Orville and Wilbur Wright

These brothers both dropped out of high school together and never attended college

Invented, designed, built, and flew the world’s first airplane together

Expelled from high school due to poor grades and never attended college

Invented the light bulb, video camera, telephone, and over 1000 other things


DROPOUTS WHO BECAME PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

Really? – Yep, I’m not kidding. These dropouts held the highest government office in the United States of America:

George Washington

Andrew Jackson

Martin Van Buren

William Henry Harrison

Zachary Taylor

Millard Fillmore

Abraham Lincoln

Andrew Johnson

Grover Cleveland

William McKinley

Harry S. Truman


FINAL CONCLUSIONS

A couple points on how I personally interpret all of this information in the real world:

To Fellow Dropouts:

If you don’t have the money to go to school or you had to drop out to take care of your dying parent or sibling or you got pregnant or kicked out or WHATEVER… You still have just as much of an opportunity to change the world as anyone else on this planet. Those of you who know my story are well aware of the horrible struggles I’ve been through along my entrepreneurial journey. [Read about my entrepreneurial journey here] Always remember this: Not a single GOOD thing in this world is EVER easy to get. So take heart – you’re on the right path if you’re fighting against the bad situations you have found yourself in.

To The Grads:

If you were privileged enough to attend and successfully graduate from college – good on you. I don’t giveΒ any preferential treatment to the owners of diplomas over those who never had that opportunity or decided to do otherwise. In my experience, a vast majority of the people who are good at staying inside the intellectual box of structured education never truly break free to challenge the old and often obsolete and ineffective ways of thinking of which they were taught never to question. They never truly learn the beautiful art of disruptive innovation.

To Everyone:

At the end of the day, the level of success you experience in life all comes down to what your perspective is on life. Either you become consumed by your passion to succeed and you let your hunger feed your hustle — OR — You take the easy road of blaming others and trying to ride upon some small minded system held together by the worthless admiration of fools. The choice is yours. I’ve said it to many of my friends and business partners before, but I’ll say it again:

“You are only limited by what you are willing to believe you are capable of doing. Excuses only satisfy the ones who make them.”

~ William Thompson

Just remember, you only have one shot at this life. Stop waiting on more certifications or more money or more time or more education or the approval of your parents and friends and the people you look up to. Drop your fears right where you are standing and stop believing all those lies about how inadequate or unable you are and start doing what you were put on this planet to do. ONLY THEN will you be happy, and ONLY THEN will you truly realize the beautiful and awesome creative powers you possess.


Read more about the transformation process of becoming an entrepreneur in my article Fear vs Freedom

Setting goals will settle your future. Read about goals in my article here: My Goals

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