Some of the most successful people in the world never graduated from college. For every famous dropout, many other dropouts exist who quietly lead prosperous and fulfilling lives.

The bottom line is that you don’t necessarily need to graduate college to make it in life, but your path could be a lot more challenging if you don’t have a degree. With a clear vision of what you want, almost anything is possible. But it generally takes a lot of drive, courage, skill, effort, and luck in order to attain such high levels of success.

This is not to encourage you to not go to college, but rather if you are just unable to do so for whatever reason (financial or otherwise) do not give up. Believe in yourself. Sometimes you just have to move forward with all your goals and dreams and not have the attitude that as you have not been able to receive the education you would have liked that your life is now over.

Here are some of the more famous college dropouts who succeeded massively in life.

1. Walt Disney

The maker of the adorable Mickey Mouse dropped out of school at the age of 16 and went on to become the most fascinating and well-known film producers of the world. With an average of 3 Disney films produced every year, the Walt Disney Company earns annual revenue of a whopping USD 35 billion.

2. Henry Ford

Do you own a Ford car? If yes, then you’d be pleased to know that its founder Henry Ford was a dropout as well. He ran away from home at the age of 17 and began his career as an apprentice in a garage. Today, with a multi-billion dollar company, Henry Ford is one of the richest people in the world.

3. Milton Hershey

Milton Hershey went on to become one of the most loved chocolate makers, with education only till the fourth grade. Now with his internationally marketed chocolate, one hardly associates his success to education

4. Michael Dell

With the most popular PCs ever created, Michael Dell hardly needed a computer science degree to sire his computer-empire. A university drop out at the age of 19, he left education to run what would later become the largest manufacturer and sellers of PCs and servers. With a whopping $57 billion annual revenue, Michael Dell is one of the most successful men of the world.

5. Steve Jobs

Everyone owes their modern computing experience to Steve Jobs. Not only did he pioneer the most well known computing system in the world, Apple Computers, but also was the first person to initiate the graphical user interface featuring a mouse and an image screen. He did all of this with just a semester-worth of education, in college.

6. Bill Gates

In spite of being a college dropout, Bill Gates is one of Forbes’ Richest People in the world. His multinational company, Microsoft Corporation, is the largest computer software manufacturers in the world, earning an average annual turnover of more than USD 51 billion.

7. Woody Allen

The multifaceted artist is an actor, director, writer, musician, playwright and comedian and is considered to be one of the foremost cinematic pioneers of the modern era. Having dropped out of college because of poor grades, he now belts out an award-winning movie every year.

 

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Some of the most successful people in the world never graduated from college. For every famous dropout, many other dropouts exist who quietly lead prosperous and fulfilling lives. The bottom line is that you don't necessarily need to graduate college to make it in life, but your path could be...