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Business Success: Is It College Degree Driven?

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Ever since childhood almost all parents have been hard on education with one voice. And it is still a burning issue in families where there is a school leaver standing on the cusp of one of the most vital decisions.

University diploma has always been a blue-chip possession and at all times considered to be a voucher for an easy employment and a successful career. Meanwhile, those who failed to go to college are said to have no other career opportunity but a street sweeper.

Still, despite this deep-rooted tendency and a kind of stigma, there turned up people who by personal example busted the stereotype about a higher education life-saving role.

Who are these men of enterprise and what helped them make a breakthrough? Here are representatives of different epochs with one common feature: they are accomplished businessmen, rich, successful and uncredentialled. Once they decided to choose business, instead of endless university essay writings.

Thomas Edison is an American businessman who has blown up a society with his inventions that later gave rise to telecommunication and mass media industries. Who would have thought that he could do it without degree. Frankly speaking, nobody placed high expectations on Thomas Edison. At school, he was distinguished by inattention and restlessness.

However, there were subjects he was passionate about and science was among them. Hours spent on reading, a thirst for knowledge, fresh thinking and an enterprise have helped Edison come up with inventions of the universal importance and go down in history as one of the wealthiest and influential men.

While alive Thomas Edison met one more, at that time a would-be prosperous entrepreneur without a degree, Henry Ford. This billionaire and a world-known manufacturer who have produced cars that are now driven by millions of people started his meteoric career with reassembling of a simple watch.

Later, his interest in small mechanisms has boiled over into a true passion for engineering. Encouraged by Thomas Edison, with heart and hand on his occupation and fresh eye on the way the whole manufacturing process should be arranged, Henry Ford have contributed not only to personal wellbeing but to national and world property.

20th century has also brought its business geniuses with no higher education marked in their CVs. Although Bill Gates dropped out of the most prestigious American institutions, Harvard University, this event didn’t put him off becoming a founder of the largest software company and the richest men in the world.

As nearly all wizards, Bill Gates was notable for early interest in his future engagement – programming, spent hours on reading books and elaborated unique management strategy. All this resulted in his leading position as the wealthiest man, and his Microsoft enterprise was awarded the status of the largest software company in the world.

New generation, in its turn, brought force business professionals who hadn’t gone to university to scrape up a fortune and got their names mentioned among the richest and significant entrepreneurs as well. Matt Mullenweg is one of them. A soon-to-be founder of WordPress, a  free blogging tool and management system which now occupies up to 20% of the web space, started its prominent career at the age of 18. (Read also: Why Former Students Do Not Work By Profession)

He continued studying arts at school and music classes. Having dropped out of Huston University, he could absolutely be given to programming, which, in consequence, has brought him fame and wealth.

These are only few out of hundreds of prosperous businessmen such as Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey who have come up on top without higher education to support them. Alternatively, there are some common features that helped them make a breakthrough.

First, they all started their way early with much passion about their labour love. Secondly, they all had a real thirst for knowledge which they quenched with much reading and self-learning. And finally, these entrepreneurs excelled at progressive ideas and unique strategies which they were not afraid to present to the world.

However, one shouldn’t undervalue higher education and the role it plays in our life. Although it may not bring you a big fortune and a world-wide recognition, it will serve a solid launch pad for a distinguished career especially if you have come up with your calling. Even if not, “education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned at school.” Albert Einstein.