Dropping out of high school is not something that is recommended, completing your education will give you the vest opportunity to find a solid career and go on to achieve great success. In the US, an average of 1.3 million students drop out of high school every year and the unfortunate truth is that many of these go on to lives of crime and unemployment. There are however a few students who buck the trend and drop out of high school to go on to find incredible success. Here are some of those ‘failed’ students who far surpassed their expectations.

TB Joshua

Nigerian pastor TB Joshua dropped out of secondary school in his first year, written off by many he has since gone on to become a hugely influential pastor, prophet and the creator of the Synagogue Church of All Nations. With the pastor’s help, the church has gone on to have a huge following and recent tourism figures show that 6 in very 10 tourist visiting Nigeria are heading there to visit SCOAN. The Church has a huge YouTube presence as well, racking up over 170 million views and counting over 400,000 subscribers. The man they called ‘small pastor’ at school may not have completed his education but he certainly didn’t fail.

Richard Branson

The entrepreneur, adventurer and owner of Virgin quit school when he was just 15 years old after deciding that he had had enough with the ‘failing’ education system, something he has been vocal about in later years. Dropping out of school didn’t seem to harm Branson’s career prospects however as 50 years later he has amassed a fortune of a cool $4.9 billion and has overseen around 500 companies, two thirds of which have had his Virgin logo plastered al lover them.

Aretha Franklin

The first female artist to ever be entered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Aretha Franklin left school without any qualifications age 15 after leaving to care for her first child. Aretha has since gone on to receive honorary degrees from top Ivy league colleges, sang at the inauguration for 3 U.S. Presidents and won a monstrous 18 Grammy Awards, not bad for a high school drop out.

Quentin Tarantino

The legendary film maker Quentin Tarantino also dropped out of high school at the tender age of 15 and began working as a movie theater usher and taking acting classes. The man who has since gone on to give us such film classics as Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill and Reservoir Dogs not only went on to an illustrious career in film making and directing but managed to completely reinvent the film industry on his way.

As we stated before, we cannot recommend that you drop out of school, but if things don’t quite go to plan and you find yourself leaving before your time, then you can take solace in the fact that, as the people quite clearly demonstrate, you’re career is not totally done for.