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High School Dropouts – Dale’s Daily Data

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What do all of these people have in common? Self-made billionaire John D. Rockefeller, inventor Thomas Edison, McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, Vidal Sassoon, Harland Sanders and let’s throw in Lucille Ball, Glen Campbell, Sonny and Cher and the Wright Brothers just for fun.

Pretty diverse list. All from different backgrounds and all became highly successful in their careers. Any guess? All of them were high school dropouts.

Nobody would ever encourage somebody to drop out of school, but some people are driven in other ways. For some highly intelligent, gifted students school might be viewed as a waste of time. Some students might be forced to quit school because of family obligations and then later get their GED. But there are some people so driven to a certain calling in life they just can’t go thru the rigors of regimented schooling.

Abraham Lincoln himself estimated he only had about a year for formal schooling. He earned a law degree by studying on his own with borrowed books.

Oscar winning actors Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Michael Caine, Humphrey Bogart, Anthony Quinn, Sidney Potier and Sean Connery are on that list.

So are singers Aretha Franklin, Roy Rogers, Elton John, Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Ray Charles and Julie Andrews.

Plus comedians Whoopie Goldberg, Jerry Lewis, George Burns and Jack Benny.

And what if Walt Disney never pursued his dream? There’d be no place for athletes to go after they win a championship.

Most young people need direction. They have no idea what they want to do for a living and for them the advice is to stay in school.


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