It really doesn’t take much to find great careers without a degree. If you can truly identify your personal interests and desires, you have what it takes to finding a fulfilling career.  And, with the advent of the internet, even more opportunities are possible.  As you will see, a degree is not necessary to find a satisfying career and to make A LOT of money.

Like any career, on-line or off-line, it will take actual “nose to the grind” work to become good enough in your chosen field and start making real money.  This is why you need that personal interest to keep you going when the inevitable obstacle sneaks up.

If you go the off line route, you may think finding great careers without a degree is difficult, but the stats say otherwise.  For one thing, according to financial expert Dave Ramsey, more than half of the jobs in America (64%) are created by small businesses (500 employees or less), a lot of which really look more at how you carry yourself, who you are as a person, and if you know things that will help you get the job done.

And only about 3-4% of jobs base their decision on your degree, not if you can actually get the job done.  This is not to say a college degree is worthless.  Rather, it is more important that you educate yourself in something that will allow you to go out on your own and do the job (which in turn will bring home real money).

It gets even easier when you start looking for a career as an on-line entrepreneur.  There are lots of GREAT careers for the online entrepreneur that don’t require a degree.  Blogging, Internet Marketing, and Building and/or Flipping Websites are just some of the possibilities.

Lessons From Three Multi-Millionaires On How They Made A Lot Of Money Without A Degree

1. Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the most influential architects in the twentieth century, never even attended high school.  But, one of the things that made him successful was that he never spent more time bragging about his one piece of work (through various forms of self-promotion).  Rather, he spent most of his time DOING work.

“I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen” – Frank Lloyd Wright

2. Rachael Ray, one of the most widely known names in the food industry, never even got a degree in the culinary arts!  Yet, she some how appeared on numerous Food Network shows and talk shows.

How did she find herself in a career within the food industry without formal culinary training?  Well, her success just proves that all you need is a passion for something and you can succeed on our own terms.

She met problems with optimism and solutions instead of fear and doubt, and that kept her going.  After all, lots of practice makes “perfect.”

3. Michael Dell, founder of multi-million dollar computer company Dell, Inc., learned at the age of 12 that if you have a good idea, it pays to do something about it.  For example, while working for a newspaper company, he noticed something while making cold calls to prospective customers.  It was the newlyweds and new homeowners that were buying most of the subscriptions.  So, he did something.  He hired some of his buddies to look for these two types of people.  Then, instead of just calling these people to try and sell them subscriptions, he created personalized handwritten letters for them.  He made $18,000 that year at the age of 16, more than his school teacher.

At the age of 19, with just $1,000 of start up capital and a desire for fulfilling his idea, he did the “unthinkable.”  He dropped out of the University of Texas and pursued his dream, with no college degree.  It took him 7 years to become the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

If you identify your true desires, your passion, and you work at learning something well enough so that you can execute it, you can find many great careers without a degree.

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16 Responses to “You CAN Find Great Careers Without A Degree-Proof By 3 Multi-Millionaires”

  1. Simon says:

    I think making money from a website through blogging and affiliate marketing can be achieved if you are determined to put in the effort, learn how to implement correctly and attract traffic however there is a heck of a lot to learn in making a success out of one’s passion running a business this way yet all the relevant training is available, it’s purely down to grit and determination to keep plugging away, just like the dedication your mentioned entrepreneurs have put into their working lifestyles.

    I think the amount of training involved here is comparable to a degree yet success will only come your way once experience steps in.

    The benefits for me were finding a self employed opportunity on a budget, online is by far the cheapest way to start-up due to the low hosting costs compared with the vast expenditure required to operate traditional high street businesses, I’ve been there.

    What’s your favourite online piece of work?

  2. C says:

    Great points, Simon! 

    I love the Print on Demand (POD) business since it involves art / graphic design, which I love, and creativity.  The possibilities are endless since new trends, words, events, etc. are constantly evolving.  I also love the marketing part using video (SEO) and social media like Facebook and Pinterest.

    We are lucky in this day and age as entrepreneurs.  There are so many tools that are cheap or free that can reach a global market.  I’m sure you’re taking advantage of that, too. 

    Much success in your endeavors, Simon!

  3. Steph says:

    I appreciate this article very much. It is nice to be reminded that many successful people have essentially “created” their own path, without a cookie cutter degree, based on their passions.

    It is reassuring for someone like me, starting a business online, to know that my passion and dedication will ultimately see me through to success – similar to these great examples!

    Thanks again for the inspiration!

  4. C says:

    Hi Steph:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    University tuition have become so out of reach for many students that it is important to let the younger generation know that degrees aren’t necessary if you want to do well financially.  These pioneers of the “no degree” class are truly inspirational and hopeful to many people.  This is why I had to make a note of it on my blog.

    I’m sure you will have success on your on-line business venture.  How much depends on your persistence and (applied) knowledge.  If you see this, I would love to hear what kind of business your passion has led you to.

    Thanks again for your comment!


  5. Stephen says:

    Great post and very accurate.

    It’s common misconception nowadays that you NEED a degree in order to succeed. This is complete rubbish and just the way we are trained to think.

    The key is being patient and continuing towards your ultimate goal one step at a time. If you really want something then you will get it, it’s all about commitment.

  6. C says:

    Hey Stephen:

    If one can read, write, and speak, they have the tools to self-educate.  Work experience also is under appreciated.  That is GREAT education in it’s own right.

    Like the saying goes, “where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

    Thanks for your comment!


  7. Eliane says:

    I agree. Degrees by themselves are not going to make anyone successful.

    You can achieve amazing results in any career by following the examples of these 3 inspirational people!

    All of them were passionate about their work and dreams, they learned from their mistakes, took action instead of just planning and they knew their audiences.

    I personally like the online world because I see a great future ahead. But the truth is online or off-line careers… it doesn’t really matter, as long as you get educated and go for it with tons of dedication.

    All the best,

  8. C says:

    Hi Eliane:

    Thanks for your input.

    Yes, the online world has virtually no limit.  That’s what’s so appealing in this industry.  The RIGHT knowledge and able to apply it is key in any endeavor.  If a degree is required to advance in your career, then it makes sense to invest in one.  But, like you said, dedication and persistence is a big part in “succeeding” in any profession.

    Much success in your online career!


  9. Jen says:

    While there are several who have made careers without a degree, I would never advise a young person to not get a degree. So many people I have met, end up going back to college at an older age because they realize in the workforce, it’s needed for the money they wish to bring in. Now granted, hopefully online endeavors will be successful and you won’t need to use that degree, but in my opinion, young people should never be steered straight to online money hopes. It should be backed with a solid degree.

  10. C says:

    Hi Jen:

    Thanks for chiming in. 

    I definitely agree that if your career requires a certain degree then it is well worth the investment.  The problem lies when the thinking is a degree, especially one from a prestigious university, is everything.

    A lot of kids out of high school do not know what career they want to go into.  In this case, real work experience is great education in and of itself.  After all, most everyone goes to college to make good money in the end.   So, why not get paid and build your work skills at the same time?  At the very most, if one is unsure what career path they want to go into, local community colleges offer EXCELLENT value in terms of  a degree.

    I feel for those kids that have graduated from  “prestigious” universities, only to not make the kind of money or landing the kind of job they had hoped for.  And…. are now stuck with huge debt right out of the gate!  Welcome to the real world.

    Anyway, thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  11. Rolands says:

    Great article! People nowadays thinks that if you get a degree you will earn a lot of money,but that is not true. Most of the richest people have had low grades in school or even no university degree and that is because they think different and they take risks to achieve their dreams. These millionaires on your list are a great example of that.

  12. C says:

    Hey Rolands:

    Thanks for commenting.

    You’re right.  The mega rich are usually into some kind of business or investment.  That takes calculated risks.  And, you’re right, they definitely think differently, i.e. risky to remain an employee all your life, invest in assets rather than liabilities, etc.

  13. Robert says:

    Great article.

    It is a great reminder that we can do anything if we put our mind to it. This is America.

    As important as education is, it is what is in us that makes all the difference. Sometimes that little difference turns into something really big.

    Many greats including Thomas Edison failed often and yet succeeded. It is up to us to never give.

    If you enjoy what you are doing there is a much better chance that you will succeed at at.

    If the mind of man can conceive it, he can believe it. W. Clement Stone

  14. C says:

    Hi Robert:

    You’re right.  Passion plays a huge part in whether you “succeed” or not just for the mere fact that it makes you stick with your endeavor longer than others without passion will.  You’ve “hit so many nails on the head” I don’t know what else to say.  Thanks for your comment!

  15. jessie palaypay says:

    I can personally attest to the fact that having a degree doesn’t always mean you can find a great career. My current job, I can imagine can be done probably without it, and that most of the classes that I took don’t really apply to it.

    Thankfully, I am out of school and have chosen to invest in a skillset that hopefully pays me in passive income for years to come. Something that I hold resentment for towards the school system.

  16. C says:

    Hey Jessie:

    Yes, a LOT of people pay universities for classes they never use in their career.  It doesn’t make sense.  I think I learned more after University because I WANTED to learn those particular subjects.  Young kids learn particular subjects because they have to.  It’s harder to learn when there’s no interest in the subject.

    Anyway, thanks for the comment and good luck in your online business venture!


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