Over the past three years, I have built my companies to six- and seven-figure revenues. Before creating and running these companies, I attended the University of Winnipeg for two and a half years before dropping out to pursue my online businesses. I don’t regret attending college. It served a purpose, steering me in the direction of my career. However, I did not need to finish my diploma in order to achieve what I wanted in the future.
If you are deciding if college is a good investment for you, just remember that after completing high school, it’s all about pursuing what you want. I had every intention to graduate with a degree until entrepreneurial opportunities arose.
My e-commerce company, HighKey Technology, was formed when I was 19. My partners and I started dropshipping under the brand name and sold almost $50,000 of wireless earbuds within three months. With this small note of success, I quit school.
Don’t get me wrong: School is a good investment so long as you need it. Whether you choose to go to school depends on what you need to get where you want to go. For doctors, lawyers and other professions, it’s a must. I didn’t need to continue my university education to further my learning of how to run an online business. If you need college as a platform to cultivate your interests as I did, that’s great too.
The decision to go to college is uniquely specific to your situation. Do you have the opportunities and means to develop your career without a formal education? That’s a question only you can answer.
If you are not looking to continue your structured education after high school, that’s OK. Just make sure you don’t stop learning. In the pursuit of your purpose, you must learn more about what you enjoy.
Make sure to be self-reflective. The course of your life will be affected by not asking yourself hard questions now.
The internet has an infinite amount of knowledge if you look in the right places. If you continue learning what you enjoy, it’s very likely you will develop the expertise needed to be successful.
Invest in yourself. Remember that.
College is a great place to start. For me, college guided me into my current business position. I wouldn’t have gotten where I am today without it, but I didn’t need to finish college to accomplish my goals.
When I decided to leave school, it was partially a financial decision. Instead of investing further with school, I still continued to invest in myself by covering the startup costs of my e-commerce brand.
I choose to continually invest the majority of HighKey’s profits back into the company to continue growing the brand. This is still investing in myself. I will continue to do this until the payback is large.
My investment in post-secondary education and starting my companies resulted in me scaling myself to closing large deals in order to make great returns for my companies.
Do whatever you need to do in order to obtain your life goals. This can be financially beneficial, but most importantly, do what you aspire to do every single day. I live every day with dying anticipation to fulfill my purpose, and I cannot wait for the future. I want everyone reading this to be doing the very same.
Compare my situation to your own, but don’t follow it like a blueprint. There are lots of variables that are funneled into making the decision to continue with post-secondary or not—parents’ ideals, financials, friends, society and countless others—but you have to realize that the goal is there for you to obtain. It just might be a different journey based on these circumstances.
Whether to go to college is a decision every person makes. It’s a decision only you can make. This decision is a big fork in the road in early life, and it represents how you will choose to take action in your coming life. The end goal is to live life on your own terms—and nobody else’s.