With the tremendous success of college dropouts like Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and the late Steve Jobs, more and more people are asking the question: is formal education necessary? To be successful, do you need a college degree? Most certainly not, but the truth is the odds are stacked against you. To become successful in a “regulated” field such as a medicine, law, or engineering, you need a college education. Attaining some sort of higher degree will equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to do well in your field. 7% of people working in computer systems related services have only a high-school degree. And with the passing of Steve Jobs, 100% of Apple’s executives have at least a bachelor’s degree.
These college dropout billionaire successes deserve recognition for their accomplishments in life, but they should not be emulated. People like Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs are outliers. They became successful due to their ingenuity, passion, skills, and a whole lot of luck. This infographic profiles these statistical outliers who had to overcome insurmountable odds to become the wildly successful.