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You don’t need to go to University or College to be successful in life.
Throughout the ages, men and women of different status and different walks of life have made one thing pretty clear: you don’t need to go to college or university to be successful in life. Let’s take a look at the lives of some great people who reached the top of the world without ever going to college or university.
The first people on my list would of course be the Bronte sisters--- Charlotte (born April 21, 1816), Emily (born July 30, 1818), and Anne (born January 17, 1820). Due to a mishap at school and the deaths of the two eldest sisters Maria and Elizabeth, the other sisters were kept at home. They studied at home. They had a huge library where they would spend hour upon hour reading. When they grew up they started writing their novels; Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Agnes Grey just to name a few. Their novels caused a sensation when they were first published and were subsequently accepted into the canon of great English literature.
The next person on the list would of course be Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln was born into a family of uneducated farmers. When he was 9 years old, his mother died and his father re-married but he was affectionate toward his step-mother, whom he would call "Mother" for the rest of his life. Lincoln's formal education consisted of about 18 months of schooling. He never attended college or university. Largely self-educated, he read every book he could get his hands on, once walking 20 miles (32 km) just to borrow one. While his favorite book was The Life of George Washington, Lincoln mastered the Bible, Shakespeare, and English and American history, and developed a plain writing style that puzzled audiences more used to grandiloquent rhetoric. Later on in life he went on to become one of the greatest presidents that the United States of America has ever known.
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