11 successful British people who didn’t get a degree

Its August and many students are packing their bags and buying laptops and student supplies in ready to undertake their very expensive university education. For others they may not have got past the UCAS point scoring or maybe they aren’t as academic as their counterparts. In this post I will show you ten British people that have made a success of themselves without ever attending university, proof that a degree doesn’t always necessarily mean increased wealth and better opportunities.

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Duncan Bannatyne


If you don’t give it a go you’ll never fail, but if you don’t accept the possibility of failure, you’ll never get the chance to succeed.

— Duncan Bannatyne

John Caudwell


“I strongly believe the group has enormous potential for further growth in the UK and internationally ,”

Simon Cowell


If you have people working for you, you must understand that they have an invisible sign on their heads which says, “Make me feel important”. Share the credit.

Alan Sugar


The entrepreneurial instinct is in you. You can’t learn it, you can’t buy it, you can’t put it in a bottle. It’s just there and it comes out.

Richard Branson


 My general attitude to life is to enjoy every minute of every day. I never do anything with a feeling of, ‘Oh God, I’ve got to do this today.’

Sean Connery


I left Scotland when I was 16 because I had no qualifications for anything but the Navy, having left school at 13.

David Beckham



 I’ve felt a little tired, but I’m only 24. I love playing football. That’s my job and that’s what I love doing.

John Lennon


“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

Andy Murray


The only pressure I feel is the pressure I put on myself to win.

Deborah Meaden


There isn’t a single path to success – there are many.

William Hesketh Lever


Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted, and the trouble is I don’t know which half

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The main thing that all these people have is a passion for one industry, determination to make it work, an understanding that hard work will eventually pay off and a “realistic” belief that they can do it.

Just because you didn’t get a degree or state education ( what many in society believe is expected for a successful future) doesn’t mean you can’t still be highly successful. If these ten successful British people without a degree are anything to go by it could be said that you are probably wiser not to attend university and invest your money and more importantly, time elsewhere.