Four people who gained success by keeping their ear to the people
It will always be important to have some sort of book education if you want to be successful. If anyone tells you otherwise, they're setting you up for failure somewhere down the line.
BUT just like anything in life, there is no set path in which knowledge for success can be attained. A lot of times, work "in the streets" is what will get you the needed knowledge on what will bring success. By work in the streets, I mean work dedicated to what the people want, not numbers and books. Getting a degree can be a huge boost, but take a look at these wildly successful people who did it with less than "ideal" credentials:
Percy Miller, more commonly known as Master P, is a cultural icon.
His start: Master P invested $10,000 that he inherited from his grandfather's unfortunate death, into a record store located in Richmond, CA.
How he beat the odds: With the new ownership of the record store and the death of his brother shortly after, Master P set his sights on conquering the music industry. He put out record after record of critically-acclaimed music, and eventually turned the money he invested into money making decisions, that have since then generated millions of dollars for him and his family.
Source of success: Aside from many successful business ventures in real estate, music, clothing, toy making and more, Master P groomed his son, Romeo Miller, to also be a mega-star and business man.