Jobs, Gates & Branson: Drop-Out Superstars

Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Richard Branson all dropped out of school before becoming huge successes. They are exceptions, to be sure, but should we reconsider the value of higher education? 

What's the Latest Development?


Some of the world's most successful businessmen—Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Richard Branson—were quick to leave the formal education system on their own accord. But should hopeful young men and women model their behavior? Judith Sloan, professional fellow at the University of Melbourne, says those with university degrees are still more likely to have better careers and earn a better living. The personality characteristics of entrepreneurs are more important than that they dropped out. 

What's the Big Idea?

What is the value of higher education today? Once it was only low-skilled manufacturing jobs that were outsourced to foreign countries but this is no longer the case, thanks in great part to advances in communication and transportation technologies. Global outsourcing now occurs in the architectural, legal and medical industries. Economist Alan Blinder says graduates' jobs are more 'offshorable' than many low-wage jobs. 'A plumber or lorry-driver's job cannot be outsourced to India. A computer programmer's can.'

LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

Getty Images
Sponsored
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

Keep reading Show less

Dead – yes, dead – tardigrade found beneath Antarctica

A completely unexpected discovery beneath the ice.

(Goldstein Lab/Wkikpedia/Tigerspaws/Big Think)
Surprising Science
  • Scientists find remains of a tardigrade and crustaceans in a deep, frozen Antarctic lake.
  • The creatures' origin is unknown, and further study is ongoing.
  • Biology speaks up about Antarctica's history.
Keep reading Show less

A world map of Virgin Mary apparitions

She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.

Strange Maps
  • For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
  • These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
  • Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
Keep reading Show less

Why are women more religious than men? Because men are more willing to take risks.

It's one factor that can help explain the religiosity gap.

Photo credit: Alina Strong on Unsplash
Culture & Religion
  • Sociologists have long observed a gap between the religiosity of men and women.
  • A recent study used data from several national surveys to compare religiosity, risk-taking preferences and demographic information among more than 20,000 American adolescents.
  • The results suggest that risk-taking preferences might partly explain the gender differences in religiosity.
Keep reading Show less