“The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that is changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”
It’s ironic, isn’t it? We dedicate our life to education, to getting a degree that will hopefully guarantee a secure future but does college guarantee success? Well, maybe in a lot of cases, but today let’s talk about people who have challenged this popular belief, people who dropped out of college and then went on to redefine success, in fact they have become the definition of success.
Most of you know him as the founder of the technology company Microsoft and one of the richest man in the world, and what’s more? He was a brilliant student growing up, so brilliant he invented the computerized version of tic-tac-toe when he was thirteen years old! He started studying at Harvard and then decided to quit to follow his passion and be fully committed to his business.
Mr Dell was a Pre-Med student at the University of Texas, where he started his company Dell from his dorm room. He left college founded his company, making personal computers a household name, and went on to become the youngest CEO to feature in the Fortune Top 500 corporations at the age of 27. Today his company has offices in more than 50 countries.
The man who made countless childhoods magical and created characters such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck etc was a high school dropout! To top it off he was let go from his first job for not being creative enough! He went through several rough patches including finding his company, that failed. He touched gold in Hollywood. His animated feature films got him the fame and success he was looking for. Till date, he holds the record for winning the most Academy awards and nominations.
The founder of Apple lasted in college for all of one semester. He’d always had an aversion to formal schooling and after quitting Reed College he worked for a video game company and then backpacked through India. He started Apple with his high school friend in the Jobs family garage and released the first product in a year. The rest as they say is history!
You probably already know Zuckerberg started Facebook from his Harvard dorm room. He dropped out of college in his sophomore year to work full time on his company, which became the world’s largest social network with over a billion active users. He is now one of the world’s youngest self made billionaires.
And that’s just five of them, there are a lot many success stories that went through failure and paved their own paths, instead of following convention. We are not saying it’s better than college, just that sometimes the best advice you can get is that of your inner voice. So, follow your instinct and you will not regret the decisions you’ve made, in fact whatever you end up with will be fulfilling if not much else.