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List of some of the world’s famous college dropouts

As they say, college is not important being knowledgeable is, these famous men taught us that.

We are told from the very beginning that we must complete our education by studying in the premier colleges and universities. These colleges, universities and educational institutions are believed to be the ultimate road to professional success. While it is true to an extent, but it is not the ultimate truth. Determination, vision, hardwork all are also definitive factors for our success, and just a degree cannot be key to success. Here are some of the famous people whose life story taught us that.

Steve Jobs

The most influential and famous entrepreneur of all time, Steve Jobs does not require any introduction. He was the reason Apple is what it is today. He quit Reed College, Oregon, just after one semester. He later admitted that he did that because of a lack of funds. He started Apple from the family garage with his trusted friends, and rest they say is history. Jobs, however, credited a calligraphy course from Reed College that inspired typography in the first Macintosh.

Michael Dell

Another tech genius, founder of Dell Computer Corp, Michael Dell, was another college dropout. He dropped out from the University of Texas in his first year. He started upgrading old computers in his dorm room and started to sell them for extra bucks. He started his first company when he was just 19years old, known as PCs Ltd, which became the famous Dell Computer Corp later on. He became the youngest CEO at age 27to reach Fortune 500 list.

Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook revolutionize social media like never before. Its founder Mark Zuckerberg started it in his dorm room in Harvard. When it started to grow beyond the walls of the university, he decided to drop and shift his energies in making Facebook grow. According to the book the Facebook Effect, that dropping out was not a difficult decision at all; it just took Zuckerberg five minutes to decide to quit Harvard. Clearly, it was not a bad decision at all.

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey quit the ambitious full scholarship course in communication at Tennessee State University midway when she got a chance to work for a television show. She was quite good at it, too, as she was able to pull talk show’s rating from last to first within few months. She never looks back since then.

We are not glorifying being a college dropout, but it is important to understand that degrees are not important; learning is.

Priyadarshini Kaul

Priyadarshini Kaul Mishra has two Master’s Degrees in English Literature and History. She is actively following her passion for the language by being a content creator since many years now. Besides this, Priyadarshini is a true bookworm at heart and tries to be an avid reader despite being a full-time mother now. She is also a professionally certified baker and puts on the oven mitts every now and then.
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