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Why a College Degree is Worthless Without Skill

In defining success, it is more of a result-oriented grasp in the majority of all works of life especially looking at a career path. A college degree has naturally been placed by the government to facilitate a better life for graduates who might likely earn a substantial amount, though this has not always proved to be true at most times, there are still struggling graduates without a clear future seeking jobs, and more are welcomed into the labour force annually.

A skill is an ability that is acquired to perform certain tasks or responsibility hence it is important it is practised to create value. Many times, a four-year course that earns one a degree is usually not accompanied by a practical skill, though we can not dispute the fact that these courses are meant to impart knowledge of a skill and absolutely impart the desired knowledge but most times lacks the backing of a practical skill.

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In the world today, the experience is chosen over degree, many companies today look more at the prospect’s work experience past the degree acquired. The experience acquired helps guide the decisions in employing a successful applicant.

10 Successful People Who Were Successful Without a College Degree

There are some rich people that have emerged from being successful with their career following after college degrees but there are also many people that still struggle to get a job or manage a job that is not of interest after obtaining a college degree even with good grades, which brings to light that a college degree is not really prerequisite for successful achievement in different fields. The richest of rich the world recognizes today are most times found not to have attended college or dropped out of college. Below is a list of some prominent and successful people the world celebrate that did not earn a college degree to become successful;

  1. Ted Turner: Ted is currently sitting as the co-chairman of the board of directors of CNN. He was a young man that aspired to go to college but his aspiration was short-lived after he was expelled from Brown University as punishment for his offence of having a woman in his dormitory room. He was able to work for his father, Turner’s media empire which was a Billboard, outdoor advertising business. Sadly after his Father’s death, the business already was worth $1million. Launching a broadcasting system almost 7 years later from his take over hence began the step to launch the first 24hour news, birthing the cable news network CNN. He currently has a net worth of $2.1 billion.
  2. Steve Jobs: One of the world’s great minds as a tech entrepreneur. He was put up for adoption after birth by his young University graduate parent and was later adopted by the Jobs who named him Steve Paul Jobs. He was clearly a talented kid even to the acknowledgement of his elementary school administration. After high school, he got admission to Reed College in Portland, Oregon but soon dropped out after 6 months in his first year. He has always had a great interest in computers from an early age, hence began to devote his time before and after his journey to India. He eventually co-founded Apple with his friend Steve Wozniak who shared similar interests. He also founded some other enterprises like Pixar animation studios and NeXT inc, which were later sold out. His net worth at the time of death is known to be at $10.2 billion but apple today is known to be worth $ 1 Trillion.
  3. Jan Koum: This name may not really be popular among those that are indifferent knowing about brains behind great tech companies, especially messaging app like WhatsApp which is now used on a daily basis but this great innovation would likely forever be in use. Jan Koum is also an American tech entrepreneur who co-founded WhatsApp along with Brian Acton. He got interested in programming at a young age of 18 hence got admission to San Jose state university but had to drop out and fully went in to work for Yahoo! Where he met his future co-founder Brian Acton, they had one time applied to Facebook and were both rejected. When iPhones came into use, his ideation came alive and hence the birth of WhatsApp which sounded like ‘what’s up’. WhatsApp gradually crept into popularity and Facebook bought the company at the sum of $19 billion. He currently has a net worth of $10.1 billion.
  4. Colonel Harland David Sanders: Most may be conversant with the Harland David sanders story, therefore it is worth mentioning the businessman and entrepreneur who founded Kentucky fried chicken, KFC. Unlike most successful people realizing their potentials and putting their skills to use at an early age it was not that way for young David Sanders, but a stroke putting them together on this page is that he dropped out of elementary school at a very early age of 13 years, working different jobs. He found the “secret recipe” for frying his chickens and franchised also his first restaurant in 1952 at the age of 64. He was given the title of colonel by the governor. At his death he had a net worth of $3.5 million, and KFC growing net worth of $15 million as of 2013.
  5. Scott Fitzgerald: Regarded as one of the greatest writer and novelist of the 20thcentiry, was born September 24 of 1896 and died in 1940. He was known to be a very brilliant and shining light but was possessed with writing fiction story which brought to birth many books he later authored. This American scholar also was admitted into Princeton University but was placed on academic probation due to the time he devoted to writing instead of studies. He became renowned and best selling for many books he authored. Scott Fitzgerald’s net worth is estimated to be about $1 million – $5 million in today’s worth. He had accomplished and successful life despite not completing a degree in the university.
  6. Vidal Sassoon: Sassoon became a world-renowned hairdresser for women fashion. He lived most of his early years at an orphanage in London. He had to quit schooling at the age of 14 due to the poverty that surrounded him, which hindered him. He had a great spirit and did jobs until he followed the advice that changed his life forever, he became an apprentice under Raymond Bennosse. He gradually grew in his expertise with his special cut that brought about stylish low maintenance and hair care products which started off to him owning a chain of salons. He has a net worth of about $200 million.
  7. Michael Faraday: this great scientist made a serious contribution to what we know today as electricity and many other great contributions to physics and chemistry. It is largely known that Faraday barely had two years of formal education but it didn’t stop him from great discoveries and breakthroughs in his field in the sciences. Many great inventor and scholar in the field of science also looked up to his work and is known that many further inventions came through the study of this great achiever.
  8. Folorunsho Alakija: her story may seem uncanny, but like the others had in-depth skills for business which catapulted her to be the most influential and richest woman in Nigeria having a net worth of $1.5 billion. She attended some of her early nursery education in Nigeria before completing her primary education in London. She then studied at pitman’s college in London for secretarial duties of which she started off. She is known to be versatile, as she steps from being a fashion mogul into the oil sector, she’s no doubt a skilful businesswoman mostly know for her tenacity.
  9. Tyler Perry: Tyler is one of the most successful movie producer, writer, and filmmaker of our time, having a net worth of about $600 million. Tyler Perry was known to have a troubled childhood especially incidents of molestation and abuse which as a boy made him consider suicide once. Though he did not complete high school he earned a GED. He learned from a show that one could write out emotions as a therapy hence launched his writings which turned out to be popular works of his, such as Madea goes to jail, A family that prays and even more recent TV shows and films like sistas and a fall from grace respectively.
  10. Mary kay Ash: Ash, of course, is the founder and brains behind the popular cosmetics brand “Mary Kay”. Ash was an active lively woman who had her education only up to high school before being sent to marry at an early age of 17, this did not stop her from acquiring her business venture. She is known to have a net worth of $98 million and the company $1.2 billion at the time of her death in 2001.

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It is evident from these different stories above that it is not essential to acquire a college degree to become successful in any field of interest, be it science, fashion, and beauty, computer, and I.T or politics even. Self-learning is largely what most of these great minds went through, and surprisingly most of them had opportunities to study in one prestigious college or the other but their interest chose other parts for them. Success may not necessarily mean the net worth benefits from the creation or enterprise but it is more of an actual fulfilment from exploring one’s interest and making it to give value to the society at large, it is only natural proceeds come from such endeavours.

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