Sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of what you need to do to be successful. There’s a lot of people that oppose the idea of starting a business without a degree or some sort of formal higher education. I think that it’s only necessary if you truly believe it’s necessary – it’s entirely up to you and how you feel. I’ve noticed a pattern in entrepreneurial type people who dropped out of college and created a business in an underserved or even non-existing market and absolutely killed it. I’m not saying that college is a good or bad thing – that’s for you to decide. There are certain jobs/lifestyles that absolutely DO need a degree with no questions asked (doctor, engineer, etc.) but any entrepreneur can do just fine without a degree.
To illustrate my point here’s a list of my favorite successful college dropouts:
Bill Gates, Founded Microsoft. Networth $59 billion
Michael Dell, founded Dell Computers. Networth: $17.3 billion
Steve Jobs, founded Apple. Networth: $5.4 billion
Mark Zuckerberg, founded Facebook, Networth $700 million
Jawed Karim, founded Youtube. Networth: $64 million
Kevin Rose, founded Digg. Networth: $60 million
All of these people (literally ever single one) did the same thing. They found either a weak, underserved, or non-existent market and served it. If you have passion, know how, and drive that’s all you need to be as successful as anyone on this list.