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Stop Shaming College Graduates, When You Dropped Out

Why are college dropouts bullying those who choose to get their degrees. | Imperfect Concepts #blogging #smallbusiness #advice

This has been in my chamber for awhile in the sense of something I wanted to write about. There are going to be some people really mad about this article. You can guess which side that will be, the college dropout.

No one cares you dropped out of school to run your business and that you believe that you can make billions like Mark, Bill, Steve or Jack. There is one thing that separates you from them that you fail to realize. Those billionaires who never graduated are super brilliant and willing to work long hours. Most content creator or tech company college dropouts want easy money the fast way.

I use to follow several college dropouts, I had to unfollow them because they felt it was cool to shame college grads for understanding the importance of commitment and sticking it out. To be honest, most of the college drops I do know are habitual quitters. They start something don’t the traction they want so they quit. They have started a million companies and none have gotten them to Bill Gates status.

College Dropout Entrepreneurs

The ones I know are so focused on proving the world you don’t need a degree to succeed and make money. Thats their driving force. As someone who has a degree and runs a businesses I have nothing to prove to those who have college degrees or not. The college dropouts I know are so focused on making money they are always chasing it. That is the quickest way to repel money from coming to you. The tweets consist of “omg I just made six figures this year without having a degree.” Okay, the last part could be left out. They are always trying to prove something. That is an insecurity that they are trying to project onto others to make themselves feel better.

5 to 10 years down the line

You will still ONLY have a high school diploma. Thats the thing most of these college dropouts don’t realize. What happens when your gravy train bust. We are in a tech bubble. No one wants to actually verbalize this but companies are going under left and right. Laying off stay without notice and some are taking investor money and running to the caymans. What happens when you need a job in the future in the skills you “created” are not needed.

Why are college dropouts bullying those who choose to get their degrees. | Imperfect Concepts #blogging #smallbusiness #advice

We have become a society that puts successful college dropouts on a pedestal. However, one thing most don’t note is how anti social these people. We have heard the stories of Steve Jobs and we saw first had what Mark did to his friends for money and success. Just because you’re able to make traction without your business by being a college dropout doesn’t mean immediate and for life success. If you study all the people who have achieved this which less than 1% of people who try. They have had some serious setback while on the road and when they were on their high moments.

I am avid supporter of furthering your education. College taught me how to network, be independent, and most importantly it taught me to stay committed when times got tough. There was a time I worked three jobs just to make it. Those four years gave me the hustle I have now. My last two years of college I interned for the schools foundation doing PR for them. The thing is they never had interns. I went in there needing money for us to go to the NABJ conference. The executive director loved my forwardness and determination. Literally, when I came back from the conference I proposed they hire me as paid PR Intern.

Here is the main thing why do people feel the need to knock someone for an accomplishment they didn’t achieve. There are so many people who are first time college graduates in their family. There are people who worked three or four jobs to pay for classes. There is an 80 year old wanting to fulfill a life long dream. I don’t condone shaming invidivuals like them or me who chose to go a different route than you.

Trust, I know people who do not have college degrees who are executives and more at companies. They work extremely hard, obtain certificates and more to achieve success. Their focus is being a better person. Not shaming others for taking a different route. You can do what you want when it comes to education but no need to shame others for doing something else.

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  • Bloop!!! Drops mic and exits stage left. Again another great point of view. I have to admit I’ve gotten caught up following the dropouts and watching their success and almost feeling guilty for going into debt for obtaining an undergraduate and a MBA. There is definitely nothing wrong with getting degrees but I just don’t agree with going into severe debt to do so. Thank you for bringing things back to reality.

    • imperfctconcept

      Yes, know that I am wiser I would tell people not to get into severe debt to obtain a degree. I am thankful for having mine and what college taught me. Glad I could bring you back lol

  • This. Right. Here. I mean, you being successful without a degree is cute and all. And having a degree does not automatically mean you will be successful. But it does guarantee a marketability that you just won’t have without it. Those ceilings and caps can come at you fast.

    • imperfctconcept

      Life comes at you fast either way. Stats show its harder for only high school diploma people to earn. Even its an associates degree obtain something for your future self.

  • Baby Shopaholic

    GURL! You telling the truth!

  • I love this one. I am a college dropout, but still understand the importance of an education. I may never attend college again, but will certainly pick up classes that directly benefit my passion.What I will never do is shame someone for gaining an education, an expensive one at that. You are 100 percent right on people projecting their insecurities. Society says you only will be successful if you’re in school. This is where the insecurity stems from. However, if your successful without school, then a person shouldn’t have to actually say it. Success is Success. I’m never going to let society dictate what success is for me. I am successful because i reach my goals when i set them. I am not successful because I went to school….or not. Kudos to those who stick with it! – Riche

  • [insert standing ovation] This!!! I wish those folks who drop out and ridicule others for finishing their degree realize it’s not about the money. I got my degree because it help me learn about networking, marketing, accounting (which is not my friend but at least I know how to do it so no one will take advantage of me). You learn so much from being in school far beyond making x amount of money. Those that are successful without it God bless you. But don’t down others for doing what you didn’t. Well said. Well said.

  • J Simmons

    Ok. I know I’m late to the party, but I love this article.

    • imperfctconcept

      It was one of my favorite articles to write.

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