Richard Branson The myth of the college drop out is a logical fallacy: Some very successful entrepreneurs dropped out of school Therefore, if I drop out of school I am more likely to become a successful entrepreneur This is incorrect. The majority of self-made millionaires are college educated. Only 20% do not have a college degree (compared to 45% of the general population). 18% have masters, 8% law, 6% medical, 6% PHDs - so 58% have at least an undergraduate degree (source: Millionaire Next Door). If you have the opportunity to go to college, it still seems like a good investment of time and money even if you want to do your own thing. Back to the original topic, it seems that there's no good reason to grow up any more hence perpetual adolescence. We are told from a young age (especially in America) to pursue our passions and that we can do anything we want, so picking a focus feels like we're selling out our dreams - especially if it feels like we're settling for something boring but stable. If we don't know what our passions are (and most people don't), we wait around to find them - taking temp jobs, playing video games and wondering what we are missing out on. What the author of the article describes as "growing up" feels like settling (and thus failing).