If You’re Having Either One of These Signs, You Should Consider Dropping Out!
Hello Aluxers! We know you’ve been waiting for this article for a while. Time has come to deliver on this promise.
Many of you have reached out in the past with different versions of the same question:
Hi Alux, my name is So-and-So, I am a student in year -whatever- and I’m considering dropping out. Do you think it’s a good idea?
First of all, this is something only you can decide, because you’re the one who’s going to live with the consequences of this decision.
That said, we still wanted to give you this article to check against your own reality and figure out if dropping out is the right move for you.
These will be the most valuable 20 minutes or so for your next 10 to 20 years. So pay attention, you’re here voluntarily after all.
Yes, many successful people have dropped out to pursue their entrepreneurial careers, but they didn’t do so because they thought school was too hard… they were more or less forced to do so because their new companies demanded it.
Just keep in mind that Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard, not out of gender studies.
- 1. You Chose The Wrong Career
- 2. You’re Uninspired in The Classroom
- 3. You Feel Like You’re Wasting Time
- 4. You Don’t Want to Go Into More Debt
- 5. Other People are Successful at What You Want to Do Without a Degree
- 6. You Value Creativity Over Rigidity
- 7. You’re Already Earning More From Your Business Than From Your Potential Career
- 8. You Feel Like The Window On This Opportunity is Closing
- 9. You Found a Great Start-Up to Join
- 10. You Don’t Feel Healthy in This Environment
- 11. You’re Already Learning More on Your Own Than You are in Class
- 12. By The Time You Finish Your Future Job Will Be Automated
- 13. What You Learn Doesn’t Seem to Translate into The Real World
- 14. Your Major is Bullsh*t
- 15. You’re Willing to Live With The Outcome
If you are someone who would rather watch colorful visuals over dull text, here’s the whole article for you covered in our YouTube video:
With that said, here are 15 Signs you should drop out!
You Chose The Wrong Career
For some reason you chose a vertical that’s not for you. You probably listened to a third party who pushed you to follow this path and now that you’re in it, your entire world comes crashing in, because you don’t see yourself doing this for the rest of your life.
Before you drop out, figure out if there are any ways for you to pivot without losing your existing credits or starting over. In this due diligence, people usually find that a fitting career path is right next to what you’re already doing and in reality there was only 1 or 2 things you didn’t like about what you were already studying.
If there isn’t and you feel like you screwed up massively, cut your losses short and start over.
You’re Uninspired In The Classroom
We get it. Some teachers can be a pain in the backyard, but this doesn’t mean you have to immediately drop out. If you’re as smart as you think you are, you’ll be able to differentiate between the lack of passion a teacher has and how exciting your field of study actually is.
If none of these applies only then you should take into consideration the idea of dropping out.
Before you do, figure out if this inspiration you’re looking for exists in other universities or if you’re just throwing a tantrum for nothing.
You Feel Like You’re Wasting Time
Here’s the truth with this one: as a student, you’re already wasting the majority of your time, so this shouldn’t be an excuse for dropping out.
It is only when the hours you spend in the classroom could make a real difference in your pursuit of success that making this trade would be worth it.
Personally for us, high school was a big time waster, because very few things we were thought to us had any correlation to the real world. But it’s in the same environment where we made multiple friends who would eventually become business partners because we got the chance to interact in that environment and did our own thing on the side.
Same thing happened during university, when we saw no value to a class we would be out at events networking and learning from people.
The point is, you can do both if you’re smart.
You Don’t Want to Go Into More Debt
Depending on where you live, getting an education comes with some financial chains that you have to carry.
In the US, people in their 40s and 50s are still paying off student debt which is completely bollocks.
There’s a strong case to be made that instead of going 100,000 dollars in debt you could take the same money and build a start-up.
In the same 4 to 5 year span that you would spend in the classroom, the return on your money when it comes to valuable skill set and know-how, skews dramatically in favor of real world experience.
Building a business teaches you waaay more about how the marketplace bahaves and will open up new doors that are unavailable even to those with a degree. You’re more likely to find a job if you ran a start-up that failed than right off the steps of university.
Other People are Successful at What You Want To Do Without a Degree
Here’s the thing: if you want to be a lawyer, or a doctor, or anything that requires a formal degree, then you gotta do what you gotta do.
For everything else, you have to look at who’s winning in their space and what allowed them to get to where they are.
The marketplace is changing. Very few industries still care about a degree and these are usually old and struggling. If you look at the most prosperous industries today, you’ll see that a large portion of their workforce isn’t formally educated, instead they have real-life skills which they perfect and deploy to help the company grow.
But don’t assume these people didn’t spend years of their lives learning.
Do not confuse a degree with someone’s ability to perform in the marketplace!
There’s this short but great book which we read towards the beginning of the year that’s called: Company of ONE by Paul Jarvis which we strongly recommend you get if you ended up on this article, you’re gonna love it. After reading it, you’ll understand how times are changing, how being a contractor has way more benefits than being a traditional employee and how you can leverage this change to cash in big time.
We like the book so much, that we reached out to our friend at Audible to see if we can get the audiobook version to all of you for free. All you have to do is go to alux.com/freebook and sign up.
If this is your first time using audible you will be able to get Company of ONE – or any other 1 book of your choosing for free.
You Value Creativity Over Rigidity
There’s this amazing quote that we love from movie director Quentin Tarantino that goes like this:
“People ask me if I went to film school… I tell’m No, I went to films!”
Which kinda brings together this entire point. If you want to be an artist, art school – in whatever form that might take – is nice to have, you get to play with really expensive toys and learn how to do things from a fundamentals perspective, but if you want to stand out, you’ll have to break away from the norm.
Everybody in your class is learning the same techniques and you’re all competing for this really slim chance of exposure. These days, this exposure has been democratized by social media.
In minutes, you can put your things up online and get instant feedback from real people. Do it enough times and now only do you build a following that is more than willing to support your art, but also, your online presence is now your resume.
Start a visual blog and next thing you know, you’re getting booked to work with big brands who want what you’re offering.
Here’s an important distinction we need to make:
Businesses get started by creatives! – people who have ideas – right brain people
But their are grown by organized ones! – people who create rules and are disciplined – you know, left brain people.
If you’re going at this alone, you better have a good grasp on both of these, otherwise you’re gonna fail.
You’re Already Earning More From Your Business Than From Your Potential Career
You wanna know if it’s the right time to drop out?! Well, how successful are you outside of academia? … see where we’re hinting at?
Many people want to drop out for various reasons, but lack that other avenue that’s outperforming traditional education. If you want to drop out, built something that will keep you alive doing what you love, before you cut the branch from under your feet.
The best case scenario is when your side project is already outperforming what others are earning who have already followed the path your on.
If that’s your case and don’t have any other weird strings attached – like a deep desire to make your parents proud from an academic perspective – go ahead, it’s the right call.
You Feel Like The Window on This Opportunity is Closing
Here’s another specific instance where it might be justifiable to drop out.
Let’s say you have this amazing idea, that you have the skills necessary to execute on it, that’s at the forefront of a big cultural or technological change.
If you don’t do it, someone else will!
We’re gonna be honest with you, this doesn’t happen frequently, but when it does, we all end up with search engines, social media and more crazy ideas that change the world.
If you want to be the one who’s spearheading this change and you really believe that you’ve got what it takes to make this a reality, then go for it. You’re better off shooting for the moon than living with the regret of missing out on a once in a lifetime opportunity.
But maybe you don’t have all the pieces yet; but that’s where the next point comes in:
You Found a Great Start-Up to Join
Somebody around you is building the next big company, you’re just not aware of it.
It’s no longer just Silicon Valley in this game, new companies are popping up everyone in the world right now due to the magical infrastructure of the internet and it’s an incredible thing to witness.
If you’ve got this drive to be part of something big, have a good eye for where things are headed and the skill set necessary to help a team make this a reality, then join a start-up early on.
We’re not sure how many of you are aware of Forbes’ last issue and who’s on the cover. Daniel Dines founded a company in Romania that’s at the forefront of digital bot automation. UiPath [You-Eye-Path] is currently valued at 7 billion dollars and on track to become a deca-unicorn in the next couple of years. They’ve been around for over 15 years, but things became serious around 5 years ago when they decided to pivot and focus on bots. The rest is history.
Innovation is happening everywhere, you’re just not paying attention.
You Don’t Feel Healthy in This Environment
Here’s our stance on this: pressure crafts diamonds
But it also crushes cars and those sofas and washing machines you’ve seen on youtube…
Our point is to differentiate between the two. If the pressure is making you grow by pushing yourself, keep at it; but if it’s all getting out of hand and you’re at a point where you feel like quitting life because of it, then screw it! You’re the most important person in your life. All the happy experiences that await you ahead will not come to fruition if you don’t take care of yourself.
Getting stressed out to the point where you can no longer enjoy the journey or it’s prospects cancels it out.
Who cares what other people think, if you know this is eating you from the inside.
Take a year off, learn to meditate, expand your horizons, deal with the stress and if it seems like a good idea, come back, otherwise screw it all together.
We know how stressful finals and papers can be, how much pressure teachers, parents and peers put on you, but it’s your responsibility to learn how to manage it.
We’ve spent over 1 year creating an incredible tool to help with this. We called it Mind Mastery and it has helped hundreds of people just like you maintain focus and navigate the stress of it all.
We were students once, and truth be told, without a strong willpower and having meditation in our corner to balance it all out, we would’ve failed to get through it all.
That’s why if you go to alux.com/meditation and use the code ALUXER at checkout we’ll take away 25% out of this course price. It’s a 21 days challenge that teaches a skill that will stick with you for the rest of your life. Go to alux.com/meditation right now and invest in yourself!
You’re Already Learning More on Your Own Than You are in Class
Just to keep things honest, this should happen either way and it all brings back to weather or not you really need that degree to fulfil your goals. Because if you don’t, there’s no point in not using that time to learn and practice the things that are actually making a difference instead of getting bored out of your mind in class.
Here’s where things get interesting. There are some degrees you can get by enrolling in specialization courses. For example, you don’t need to go to university for 5 years to become an interior designer. You can enroll and get the same legit qualifications with a 6 to 12 month programme. Some of these are also online.
Always look for career arbitrage opportunities where you can get ahead through specialization.
By The Time You Finish Your Future Job Will Be Automated
We mentioned UiPath earlier and for good reason. These guys are building the future of entry level white collar jobs. Everything that’s repetitive in nature will be automated in the next 10 years.
Yes, there will still be employees in place to deal with the situations where robots don’t exactly know what to do, but it the numbers will speak for themselves.
Only 1 in 100 people will remain employed and their job will be to make sure the robots get everything done right.
What You Learn Doesn’t Seem to Translate Into The Real World
This happens a lot with technical majors in developing countries. Because you don’t have access to modern technology, you’re so far behind what the marketplace is doing that you have no way of competing in this market.
Yes folks, we are entering a new age of technological discrimination, very much in the same way that not being able to speak english today is seen as a major handicap.
Teachers are so scared of change, that they chain themselves to the same outdated curriculum that they were though and it shows. You’re left with entire generations uninspired by failed professors who care more about their tutelage than the real success of their students.
Your Major is Bullsh*t
We feel like a trigger warning should be in place for this point, but you knew what you were getting into when you clicked on this article!
You need to hear this:
NOT.. ALL.. DISCIPLINES.. HAVE.. THE SAME.. ECONOMIC.. VALUE
…and that’s a fact.
Yes, you are entitled to having your own opinion on this, but the marketplace decides what’s worth what, and you.. Julien.. With an H.., with your major in liberal arts and a minor in Latin, don’t get to complain that you can’t find a job that pays what you think your “talent” is worth.
Just because you have a degree, it doesn’t mean that the marketplace owes you a lifetime of financial rewards and accolades.
If you want to earn that kind of money right out the gate, you best find a workplace where you can deliver the same kind of value these guys do.
It’s not too late to change careers tho’ you could always drop out.
You’re Willing to Live With The Outcome
The last sign we wanted to touch on, on this list, has to do with a definitive choice you have to make.
If you decide to drop out, and you’re old enough to decide for yourself, you have to be able to live with the outcome. Give it a real shot before you call it quits and be strategic about it.
If you’re already putting things in place for you to hit the ground running once you drop out, you have a higher chance of success afterwards.
Our personal opinion is that if you decide to pursue a traditional career, you should at least put in the effort and finishing the class you’re in and then adjust course after graduation. Highschool isn’t as hard as real life is and we encourage everyone to at least stick it out through it.
After highschool, you decide where you want to go, but quitting earlier than that doesn’t really scream success story.. Make sure to not prove every one of your haters right, by becoming a complete failure.
Always be strategic with your choices!
We know there are some drop-outs in our community or at least people that considered it so we’re curious to know: WHEN did you decide to drop out? And for everybody else, what made you decide not to drop out? This has the potential of becoming an incredible forum for discussion and we can’t wait to jump in the conversation in the comments!