There is some huge stat that 7/10 successful entrepreneurs are university drop outs.
But the key is they WENT to university.
Some of the handy stuff I learned from university that kept me in good stead…
1) Actually Listening
As an entrepreneur I realised the real value of university, so unlike my colleagues I actually paid attention in class, which has stood me in good stead since university. Case studies, lessons learned, models all very helpful. The application of these has helped me learn / grow my business / avoid pitfalls my peers make in an outstanding manner.
2) Forcing you to do stuff that’s painful
In business often you want to shy away from anything that is painful (*cough tax returns). However Uni teaches you to persevere through this by forcing you to do papers and assignments you don’t like. (Note: this is hugely valuable).
3) The people you meet
The absolute biggest value is the people I met and the relationships I forged. University has introduced me to my best friends and extensive networks of interesting people.
4) Time to goof around
Sure starting a business at 18 is cool, but it is nice to goof around for a bit, realise the world isn’t on your shoulders, gives you time to experiment. At university I started and sold three small businesses without a *need* for them to be massive successes. A sandbox persay. (Case in point Facebook started whilst the founder was at uni.)
5) A train ticket
Gaining a degree allowed me to take on much higher paying jobs in order to finance some of my ventures. It also provides a fallback should you ever need it.
Being a student allows you many freebies, business advice, legal advice, entrance to events, business speakers, networks, alumni. Hey I even leveraged my role as a student to get into a conference (for free by helping out with registrations) where I met Sir Bob Geldof amongst others.
If you attend university with the right attitude it will accelerate your learning and avoidance of mistakes others have already made. Thus (I believe) cancelling out the time you have invested in uni.
(Update: By the above statement ‘but the key is they WENT to university’ I wanted to more quash the common defence I hear ‘but yeah the good entrepreneurs drop out’, unfortunately it has been understood by a few as causation, moreso hey they went to uni maybe they got the same stuff I did out of it, thanks guys -Ben).