Skip College to Lower your Chances of Success

Sometimes people will mention a wealthy or influential person who didn’t graduate from college and use the example as proof that you don’t need to go to college to be successful.  For example, they will note that Steve Jobs didn’t get a college degree nor did Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg.

The part they forget to highlight is that all three of these people actually started college and were in college when they got the inspiration to become entrepreneurs.  These men are rare outliers, but even then, they were catapulted onto successful paths due to experiences they had in college. Hence even for these men, going to college was critical to their success.

A study by Jonathan Wai and Heiner Rindermann, supports this point.  The authors found that among the nearly 12,000 top US leaders they examined, 94% attended college. So, is it possible to make an impact without a college degree? Absolutely. But is it a good idea to skip college? Not so much.


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