obviously you would expect this graph to look like that, naturally, people willing to put in the time and effort to go through years of school are naturally going to be more motivated, harder working, and better equipped than the average guy who barely graduated high school.
The argument here isn't just "dont go to college" or "college is bad" I think what the article is trying to say, and what other people are trying to say is that college isnt the only way, and it shouldnt be viewed as this required to be successful, thing.
like those same hard working, dedicated people who went through 6 years of school just because they're supposed to, could be just as if not more successful if they didnt go to school.
I learned more working and doing my own thing than i ever did in my 4 years of college, between high school and college i took 5 business classes and i learned more in my first year after college about buisiness than i did in all those years of school. it was a complete waste of time for me. in fact, i'll gladly admit that i wasted 4 years of my life in college when i could have been gaining more and better knowledge by getting out there and doing. if i were to do it again, id say fuck a degree and just purely take classes that interested me, id get so much more benefit from that.
im making 5k a month right now with a job that I spent maybe 60 hours total getting started, and now i put in MAYBE 10 hours a month, i got kinda lucky with making the connection but its because i was out there looking for it. and shit, this summer ive been doing random yard/handyman work purely through word of mouth and can bring in 4-5k a week if i put in a lot of hours.
ive got a good friend who has his own business making reinforcement plates and skidplates for work trucks, the guy never graduated highschool and is making over 100k a year at 24. another friend making 70k a year as a wedding dj at 23, he never went to college. another guy i know takes rich guys on 5-14 day backcountry hunting trips and will make 10k for a week long trip, he's 27. and this is just in my small network of friends/people i know.
I completely understand going to college if you NEED a degree to get the job you want, or because college is the only way to get the right education you need for a certain job. in that case im 100% for it. what i dont understand is why people feel like they need to go to college to get a degree so they can take that slip of paper to a company to get a job, like its the only way to go. or they'll be stuck working at McDonalds, its such a narrow minded way of thinking.
our schools and our culture do not promote entrepreneurism, all throughout high school and college i was always taught and told how to get a job, never how to go out and create one. growing up i was always told i need a degree so i can get a job, work for someone else, etc..