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Dropouts
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Dropouts

Do we really need education to be successful? The list of billionaire dropouts is long, but does everyone who dropped out started a great company the next day? 

 

Voiced by: Sydney Shore 

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Dropouts 

 

Everyone knows how important it is to get a good education. But many famous people prove that hard work, drive and a little bit of luck helps to overcome the lack of education and succeed.
Bill Gates, a co-founder of Microsoft and the richest person in the world dropped out of Harvard. He and his friend Paul Allen formed Micro Soft (later Microsoft) to write software for the Altair.
Sir Elton John at age 16 quit London's Royal Academy of Music to become a pianist in the pub. At 17 he formed a band called Bluesology and by the mid-1960's they were touring around the world.
Benjamin Franklin had many titles, except one, he wasn't a high school graduate. At age 10 he dropped out of Boston Latin School and went to work with his father.
Al Pacino quit High School of the Performing Arts in New York to pursue acting career.
Mark Zucherberg dropped out of Harvard to create that well-known site we all spend so much time on.
Walt Disney always hated school, so at age 16 he quit to enlist in the Navy. Since he was rejected because of his young age, he joined the Red Cross.
Marilyn Monroe left Van Nuys High School when she was 15 years old to marry her first husband James Dougherty.
Colonel Harland Sanders had to leave elementary school and start working. Since his father died and his mother worked, he had to cook for his family. This experience helped him to found Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). In spite of the lack of education, he runs successful businesses that brought him millions every year.
Famous director Quentin Tarantino dropped out of school at age 15 to take acting classes and do community theater.
Well-known billionaire Richard Branson left his boarding school when he was 16-years-old. He started a magazine for youth, ironically titled “Student”.
Obviously, education is not necessarily the earnest of success. But hard work is!