Successful People Who Didn’t Finish College

Though rare cases, some people have established themselves in society without a college degree. Though counter-intuitive to the post, Thought-Provoking Educational Quotes, you may feel less motivated when you hear about these famous successes! Spanning from the eighteenth century to the present, there have always been people who, without formal educations, managed to thrive and make themselves famous and particularly wealthy. Below are five people who didn’t graduate high school, yet who are widely known as a result of their influence over the world, business leadership, or inventions.

Benjamin Franklin, one of the most well-known men in history, dropped out of school. (photo by superde1uxe)

#1. Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin, the man accredited with partially authoring the Declaration of Independence, did not receive a formal education. His dropping out was that of a noble act; to help earn money for his family. Being the fifteenth child of two parents, you can see how his supplemental income would be necessary for the family.

#2. Bill Gates

Famous for his partnership in the creation of Microsoft, Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard in his third year of schooling. His reasoning, as declared by nineshift, was that he was graded upon behavior and not knowledge. Now, Bill Gates, still incredibly wealthy, pursues greater education with his wife, Melinda, by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

#3. Richard Branson

Ironically uncrippled by dyslexia, Branson did do poorly in school and eventually dropped out. However, that did not stifle him. He founded several companies including Virgin Mobile and a space tourism company, Virgin Galactic. Needless to say, Branson is a millionare.

#4. Harry Houdini

Houdini, one of the most famous magicians of our time, did not have such a peachy start: there was nothing magical about his lack of education. He dropped out of school at the age of twelve and started pursuing entertainment as a career at the age of seventeen. At the age of twenty-four, Houdini had mastered the art of escaping any pair of handcuffs.

#5. Princess Diana

Princess Diana, often known for her philanthropy and overall beautiful personality, apparently was below average in intelligence. She dropped out of school in the UK, entered school in Switzerland, and dropped out from there as well. At the age of 19, she met Prince Charles. From that point, there was no need for a formal education.

This just goes to show that not everyone is cut out for a formal education. Sometimes, your talents are enough to make you thrive in the world that says there is only one way to do it: education. However, there is reason for this: for every small amount of people who don’t get through college and become successful, there is a larger amount of people who become successful through formal education. Although you may feel unmotivated from reading a post such as this one, remember that the most sure-fire way to ensure that you will have a set future, although perhaps not as wealthy as these people, is to pursue an education, whether it be a distance learning education, or a formal one.

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