When I was a young child my parents used to tell me to study hard. They would say how important it is to score good grades in exams so that in the future you can get a good job and also earn a decent salary. So what happens was that me and my siblings would strive to at least be graduates. This was a proven fact – that the graduates would make a significant higher amount of money compared to the non graduates. Of course as with anything else in life there are exceptions. For example those entrepreneurs who have created a fortune from computer or internet related businesses. These include Bill Gates who is the founder of Microsoft and Mark Zuckerberg who created Facebook. These people did not need college degrees to make money because they had good ideas as well as the necessary skills that empowered them to create fantastic businesses.
However for the rest of us, the degree would serve as the basic passport for us to get inside a company. Notice the difference here? The people without degrees start up a new company based on their own competency, but for the rest of us, we still need the degree as a stepping stone to get a job. This is the big difference between the employed and the entrepreneurs. Unless you can be someone like Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg, I think it is still better that you take the path that most people take and get yourself a good education.
So it really is a big question mark over when education plays an important role. When we are young, it would be difficult to know what we want to do in the future. Thing may get clearer as time passes, that is why there are some people who suddenly decided that studying to them was not important and hence they gave up on their studies to pursue their dreams. For me, I guess I always had something in mind, but because my parents would love to see me graduate with a degree that is also why I decided to take up a degree too. I think in the long run it still is better to pursue a degree because you never know when it might come in handy. Of course if you are as lucky as Bill Gates who manages to start a huge business that brings him lots of income and gives him plenty of job satisfaction, then of course the degree becomes secondary.