Is it possible? Could one really learn some of the most difficult life lessons from a third-grade dropout? The video below certainly proves that is is possible and, in fact, the life lessons and wisdom shared is for everyone. I hope you read and like me, manage to get a lot out of the short but powerful video.
A few other highly successful people who didn’t finish high school and gone on to lead lives that have impacted many of us on a daily basis:
John D. Rockefeller – Possibly one of the wealthiest American’s of all time. He left high school and only took a few bookkeeping classes at a local community college before landing his first full-time job at 16.
Henry Ford – At 16 he left the family farm and headed to Detroit where he started working as an apprentice in a machine shop. He went on to build his first car in 1896 and would go on to revolutionize the assembly line.
Amancio Ortega – Perhaps his name not as well known as Rockefeller or Ford but, many of you have probably shopped in one of this high school dropouts stores. He left school at 14 and ran errands for local shops and in 1975 he founded the store we all love called ZARA.
Kirk Kerkorian – For those of you who have travelled to the US and enjoyed what Vegas has to offer. Well, Kerkorian dropped out of school in the 8th grade and bought his first piece of land in Vegas and opened the original MGM Grand seven years later.
Richard Branson – Sir Richard Branson struggled with dyslexia and dropped out of school at 16. Starting through a humble mail-order record retailer called Student Magazine, the company later became what we now know as Virgin Records stores and music label.
David Karp – Remember Tumblr? Karp dropped out of high school at 15 and developed the site in his mum’s backroom of her apartment. He sold the company to Yahoo for 1.1 billion in 2013 and remains the CEO and has an estimated net worth in excess of 200 Billion.
I find this all fascinating. Incredible stories and journey’s that have been lived. Mark Twain once said, ‘Don’t let schooling interfere with your education.’ I certainly don’t think the above-mentioned individuals did that.
Be encouraged, lovely parents.