With such a heavy emphasize on mainstream education and an increased slew of propaganda on the merits of formal education it can be easy to think that formal education is the only way to a happy and successful life. However some of the greatest figures of all time are some of the least formally educated.
One of the greatest success stories of that era is the great Yogi Berra. Considered to be one of the greatest ball players of no time it can come as a huge surprise that Yogi Berra never graduated or completed any formal schooling. However, he still went on to lead a very full and rewarding life, much more than most who do go through the endless ropes of formal academics.
Even without a formal education many people can go on to make the most of their lives. The world of academia is rarely ever the best way to earn an education. Education is what you can do, not a piece of paper.