Successful Dropouts: They Do Exist

Apparently I’m one of them – though I’m still working on the success bit. We’re not as rare as conventional wisdom might have you think. Most of us are somewhere in between unmotivated Cheeto-eating couchdweller and hyper-genius Steve Jobs clones.

I talked to the Successful Dropout podcast about what opting out is like – my experience in skipping college, getting a full-time startup job at 19, and developing my self-directed style of education.

You can listen to the episode nowThe show’s host Kylon Gienger and I also discuss:

  • Opting out/dropping out of college as a rite of passage
  • How Praxis helped me get my dream job at BitPay
  • How to thrive in your first startup job when you’re a scared, unskilled kid
  • Bitcoin – what it is, how it works, and why it matters
  • How I became a marketing/PR director at 20
  • How to deal with objections and fears that come with the non-college path
  • Why you shouldn’t try to be a successful person (ooh, piqued your curiosity with that one, didn’t I?)

If you want to hear more stories of successful dropouts, check out Kylon’s interviews with some of my opt-out and dropout friends:

Know any successful dropouts who would be a good fit for this podcast? Want to ask Kylon a question for the show? Drop him a line. This show and Kylon’s platform are playing an important part in removing the stigma around choosing the non-college path.

Listen to my Successful Dropout interview now.


James Walpole

James Walpole is a writer, startup marketer, and perpetual apprentice. You're reading his blog right now, and he really appreciates it. Don't let it go to his head, though.

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