Well, I guess that Bill Gates, Larry Ellison and Steve Jobs weren’t smart enough to start their companies. then. They all left college without graduating.
This notion that people are unqualified for success because they never shelled out a hundred grand for a piece of paper is ludicrous. Abraham Lincoln is regarded as one of our greatest Presidents despite ONE YEAR of formal education.
Intelligence is demonstrated by a drive to continually think, challenge assumptions, and push yourself to learn. It is not shown by a degree. As I have told many people, there are a LOT of people that have degrees they earned with a 1.6 GPA.