They say knowledge is power but some of our most powerful names in Entertainment don’t have degrees.
Education is the key in life but we need to understand that education doesn’t only come in the form of school, the streets, our personal experiences and the things we learn from others is also a form of education, it’s a pity those qualities don’t count when we’re job hunting.
A good education is vital, especially here in South Africa – nobody can argue that fact. But, having said that, there are many people in this world who don’t have the greatest education and have still managed to make a success of their life – sometimes even better than those who have top-notch degrees to their names.
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What’s the ‘secret’ of their success without an education?
To be honest, I don’t think there’s any big secret. It’s a mixture of luck or destiny, knowing the right people in the ‘right’ place and at the right time, and lots of hard work and determination. The hunger for a better life is a very, very good motivator.
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Abhuti Fill Up dropped out of high school in 2006 at the age of 16. Cassper took a huge risk dropping out of school and not to encourage anyone else to do it too, but he has become one of the most successful artists in the country.
Bonang had initially enrolled in a marketing degree at the University of Johannesburg. She then cut her studies short after auditioning for SABC Live. Although she managed to get the job as a host for SABC live her parents were not thrilled at all, to them a career on television was not considered a stable job. However, Bonang worked hard at convincing her parents that dropping out of varsity was actually not a bad idea and boy was she right. Bonang has made an amazing success of her life and is a role model for thousands of young South African girls who aspire to work in the entertainment industry.
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Mrs Jones left her studies at UCT to pursue a TV career. Minnie was studying film, media, drama and economics at UCT but she de-registered so that she could move to Joburg where she worked hard and made a name for herself. Today Minnie is mentioned amongst the names of the most influential women in entertainment.
We’re not saying school isn’t important but maybe not everyone was made for school. Some people are business minded, some are street smart whilst others are all about the books.
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