Thursday, November 17, 2011

Do we really need a college to be successful?

The three most popular surnames in the world today- Gates, Jobs and Zuckerberg. Apart from being really popular names, do you know whats in common between them? Yes, ofcourse they are all billionaires. What else? Well, they are all College "Dropouts". While Bill Gates and The youngest billionaire in the world, Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard, Steve Jobs dropped out of Reed College just to pursue their dream. And they did really well. One made the dream of personal computers true,  other gave beauty to technology while the third one gave a whole new meaning to social life. But the list does not stop here.

In fact, Apple and Facebook gel really well together with dropouts. As Steve Wozniak,the co-founder of Apple was also a dropout from University of Berkeley. And even Sean Parker, the co-founder of Napster and founding president of never graduated.

Larry Ellison-the founder of Oracle, Jawed Karim -the brain from bangladesh behind Youtube and big contributor to Paypal , Julian Assange who shook the world with Wikileaks , Azim Premji- once the richest man in India, Dhirubhai Ambani- the man with a dream to affect every indian's life, Mukesh Ambani- man who left Stanford to look after the family business and now the richest man in India, Ted Turner- the founder of CNN network and who was expelled from college after being caught in girl's dorm. These are not just names but a whole institution in themselves. 

Not just the business tycoons or IT gurus, but the people from media, art and sports are also premium members of the dropout club.Thoman Edison, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Frost, Charles Dickens, Henry ford of Ford Motor company,James Cameron- the man behind Terminator, Titanic and most expensive movie in the world,Avatar dropped out from University of California,the great director and one of the wealthiest film-maker Steven Spielberg,Pop Sensation Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta popularly known as Lady Gaga, Se7en and Fight Club star Brad Pitt, Matt Damon popular for Bourne Series are all part of the dropout family. To name a few more, Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio who said "Life is my college now", Jim Carrey, Jackie Chan, Daniel Radcliffe, Julia Roberts ,Walt Disney, Tiger woods and the greatest cricketer of all time, Sachin Tendulkar , never had a time to go to college or in some cases, to complete their college.

These "jewels" have definitely made a mark in their life that many generations are gonna follow. These are the people who knew how to dream, to dare and eventually dropout taking the biggest risk of their life. Maybe they wont have anything to write in the "Qualification" column of their resume but definitely the rest of their C.V. will be nothing less than an inspirational biography.


  1. A college is to support a student, rest depends upon student whether that support is fit for student's interests or not.

  2. College or no college, these people were hardworking, which payed off. They would have been equally (or even more ) successful if they would have worked that much along with college, or would have joined institution which aligned with their interests. So its not being college drop-outs that made them successful, but being innovative and thinking differently.

    1. Thats exactly what i was stressing on. That in the end , if you are good enough ,you can make around a change. College or no college, its passion or interest that pays.
      Thanks for your views :)


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