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Most of the comments seem to being suggestions on how to make conforming easier. That is a great way to go if the original poster wants to grow up to be a really kick ass employee / soldier / middle manager, etc.

Dropping out of high school was one of the best things I have ever done with my life. Not because I was too smart or too anti-social, etc. I just wanted to do other things. So I did.

If you focus on growing and learning then you can take whatever path you want. It is riskier and scarier, but I think it is worth it.

I am 31 years old and I have lived a great and varied life so far. I was a pastry chef at a fine dining restaurant, a social organizer working with non-profits, a high school teacher, a startup programmer, a BI consultant, and more. Now I own a couple of retail franchises work on my own startup and play with my kids.

If you have the drive and guts to take the road less traveled, I say go for it. Dropping out is not just for losers.

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