INTELLIGENT BUT NO DEGREE
Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates are some of the world's most famous entrepreneurs — and billionaires. They also dropped out of college. One in eight billionaires on the Forbes 400 are college dropouts, according to a study by UK job site Adview. Billionaire investor Peter Thiel, is paying $100,000 for kids to drop out of school and start their own companies.
Thiel has a point: Some of the most successful tech entrepreneurs have racked up billions of dollars without ever finishing college.
This should be an inspiring message for Black high school students but it is not necessarily. These white college dropouts who are billionaires today are all white for the exception of media mogul Oprah Winfrey, one of several notable people dropped out of college. While a sophomore at Tennessee State University, Winfrey received a job offer from a local television station and left school to start her media career. The gamble paid off.
Can African Americans take this gamble and don't go to or dropout of college? The answer is, yes they can if they are an autodidact polymath a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas or is an expert of one that is a substantial money producer. Being Black is not a trustworthy skin color for a business loan regardless of what you know or have. But perseverance can produce favorable end results. To a big degree it is not necessarily what you know but who you know to find the money, access, support, guidance and technology. Intelligence doesn't need a college degree but a college degree can promote success in others eyes of you to help you succeed.