A friend of mine recently graduated from an American College, and was very happy that he got a job in one of the best companies in the world. Ecstatic, he “inboxed” me on FB, “After putting in all these years of education I can finally earn a buck load of money.” It made me wonder, he did not need “all these years of education” to earn his “buck load of money”. To begin with, the owner of his company did not study as much as him although my friend graduated from the same College that the owner had once enrolled for. For the ones waiting for a more elaborate description, many call my friend’s new employer as “Harvard’s most successful dropout”. Others just call him bloody rich. Bill Gates.
Incidentally, both the co-founders of Microsoft Inc. never completed formal education. Paul Allen and Bill Gates never formally graduated from College, yet Microsoft today employs the best scoring students across the world. Bill Gates was famously quoted saying, “I used to fail in a few subjects, but now many College toppers work for me.”
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Add to this list of dropouts the flamboyant Richard Branson, though he dropped out of School at the presumed tender age of 16, he is today one of the richest people on the planet. His success story sounds more like a fairytale when you hear that after his first successful business venture- “Student Magazine” (pretty ironical, eh?), he brought a 79-acre Caribbean land when he was just 24 and was even knighted in 1999! Today his business empire is spread across a vast array of over 360 companies.
Talking of successful dropouts, one can never forget the legendary Steve Jobs –one man who revolutionised the way we listen to music, our computing lifestyle and among the things that matter in today’s age- practically everything! Although a dropout, he did accept his gratitude towards his College education in his grand speech at Stanford, where he said that the calligraphy lessons he took at Reed College, formed the basis for the typography used in the first Macintosh Computer.
Dean Kamen, Ralph Lauren, Larry Ellison, Michael Dell and the conspicuous John D. Rockefeller (who is often regarded as the richest man in history even though he spent the last 40 years of his life in philanthropic activities), the list is vast, with new additions every day. Every minute, an entrepreneur leaps out for an idea buzzing in the air. The list doesn’t just end with entrepreneurs: Abraham Lincoln and George Washington were School dropouts too. History bears testimony to their success and influence over this world.