Incredibly Successful People Who Dropped Out of High School

Dropping out of high school is not recommended; completing your education will give you the best opportunity to find a solid career and succeed. In the U.S., 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. However, a few students buck the trend and drop out of high school to go on to find incredible success. Here are some of those ‘failed’ students who surpassed their expectations.

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TB Joshua

Nigerian pastor TB Joshua dropped out of secondary school in his first year; written off by many, he has since 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 every ten tourists visiting Nigeria are heading there to visit SCOAN. The Church has a huge YouTube presence, 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 later. Dropping out of school didn’t seem to harm Branson’s career prospects; however, 50 years later, he has amassed a cool $4.9 billion fortune and has overseen around 500 companies, two-thirds of which have had his Virgin logo plastered all over 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 at the age of 15 after going to care for her first child. Aretha has since received honorary degrees from top Ivy League colleges, sang at the inauguration of 3 U.S. Presidents, and won a monstrous 18 Grammy Awards, not bad for a high school dropout.

Quentin Tarantino

The legendary filmmaker Quentin Tarantino also dropped out of high school at 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 filmmaking and directing but managed to reinvent the film industry on his way completely.

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 done for.

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