Dropping Out and Starting Up
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Some people might say that dropping out of college at 18, moving to Silicon Valley, and starting a business is a "fantasy," but for 19-year-old Dale Stephens, it is now a reality. As one of the Thiel Fellows, a program led by Peter Thiel, PayPal founder and Facebook investor, Dale Stephens lead UnCollege, a social movement which helps take education beyond the classroom and into the real world. In a piece written by Stephens for Fast Company, he attributes living by the words of Mark Twain to his succes and has "never let my schooling interfere with my education."
From Stephens in Fast Company:
For me, impact means empowering everyone to hack their education and change the world, irrespective of the letters after your name. UnCollege, the social movement I lead, is developing resources and a community to help students take their education beyond the real world. I'm an evangelist for RadMatter, the platform revolutionizing how people and institutions develop and demonstrate talent. I'm writing a book that gives people a framework to gain the street skills requisite for success in today's global entrepreneurial economy.
Naysayers like to dismiss me as an outlier, telling me I'm the 1% of the population that can succeed without a college degree. That's false. I didn't start out with any special connections, I didn't go to an Ivy League school, I'm not a genius, my parents aren't rich, and I didn't graduate from college at 14. If you call me "special" it's only because I learned early to live by the words of Mark Twain and "have never let my schooling interfere with my education."
Read more about Dale Stephens and his successful as a young entrepreneur.