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Dropped Out? Six Reasons Why You Should Finish High School

Dropped OutRon Flavin is currently the vice president at Turner Group Marketing, Inc., but he didn't get that leadership position immediately. In fact, Flavin dropped out of high school at 16 to work full time. After starting a business at the age of 20 and becoming a successful entrepreneur, Flavin still felt like something was missing.

"After a while, I realized that my business would never get to the levels that I wanted to take it to because I didn't have the educational background to really achieve those goals. The world today is more competitive than ever before. Street smarts aren't enough -- an education gave me the tools to really find the success that I wanted," he says.

Since getting his GED, Flavin has worked his way through a bachelor's, MBA, and has just completed his doctorate.

In this time of an uncertain economy and creeping unemployment levels, it's more important than ever to finish high school. But there are lots of reasons why you should finish high school if you dropped out, no matter what your age...

1. To get that cool job
"It's very important students finish high school and continue to earn a postsecondary degree because 24 of the 30 fastest-growing occupations are among those for which the most significant source of postsecondary education and training is an ... academic degree."
~ Sabrina Kidwai, Media Relations Manager for the Association for Career and Technical Education

2. To get the dollars
"A high school dropout earns $260,000 less over a lifetime than a high school graduate and is 72 percent more likely to be unemployed."
~ The National Education Association

3. To get the opportunities
"Students should finish high school because a high school diploma or GED is the minimum qualification needed to apply for most jobs in America that pay a decent wage. As the economy continues to be uncertain, young people should try to be as qualified as possible in order to increase their household income."
~ Yasmin Shiraz, Author and Youth Program Facilitator

4. To get motivated to push farther
"A high school diploma lays a foundation to build upon. Without that foundation, the structure is weak and trying to sustain it is almost impossible. No matter how old you are or what circumstances you face, it's never too late [to finish high school]."
~ Donna L. Johnson, Public Speaker and Business Coach

5. To achieve a sense of accomplishment
"One reason students should finish high school if they dropped out, is that it proves to future employers they can accomplish a goal. Getting a job is often convincing a potential employer that you can stay focused and complete a task."
~ Brenda Nixon, Speaker and Author

6. To eliminate regret
"Finishing high school is something you will never regret, while not finishing is something you will always regret."
~ Marlene Chism, Author