Success With No Degree is an Exception

You always hear great stories from the media about people like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg who dropped out of college and still made their millions or billions. The media portrays them as wunderkinds who somehow succeeded against all the odds and made the world their oyster, not the other way around but what they don’t see is a bunch of potential college graduates eschewing the normal way of doing things, hoping they can become as successful as those they hear of on TV. But here’s some news: you need a degree. Those people are the exception, not the rule.

You really have to understand how the people that the media talks about are only relevant precisely because they aren’t the status quo. They are only unusual because they achieved great success without any credentials. Essentially to do this you have to have either some kind of great idea that nobody’s thought of yet or have a ton of real world experience but in today’s world where pretty much all kids are babied beyond belief and most ideas are already in practice, that just isn’t very likely. The fact of the matter is that college degrees are becoming necessities in today’s world and you don’t want to be one of those left behind.

Degrees are becoming almost a requirement for almost any kind of job in today’s world. Whether you want to be a librarian, doctor or office worker, you need a degree of differing height. In a world where pretty much every good idea has already been mined to some degree, it just isn’t very likely that you’re going to get rich off of everybody else forgetting about something. Sure there are going to be exceptions like Zuckerberg, but those are few and far between. 

The best thing you can do is to go to college and get your degree in your desired field. One day you may come up with that great idea to get yourself rich, but you have no idea if or when that day will come. In the meantime, just go to school, get your degree and try to earn as much money as possible as soon as you can. Chances are you’re not going to become Bill Gates, so don’t put all your eggs in that basket. Get a degree. It's your best chance. 

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