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    Earlier on this year I started my first business, before then I had my eyes set on getting to university, gaining a solid degree and then moving onto a career. Since then though I have found my true calling, I love working for myself so much that I now have three businesses aged 17 and this is the sort of thing I see myself doing for the rest of my working life.

    My parents aren't so convinced though, even whilst I earn more than my mum they believe I should go to uni. But I can't, running three businesses is a full time job and I plan to start more ventures this year.

    My situation is unusual and I'm unsure of how to win my parents over, I'll probably have to end up funding my own gap year in order to keep everything going and really push to grow my businesses.

    Going to uni would be a waste of time and money for me, I could never work for anybody but myself ever again.
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    Earlier on this year I started my first business, before then I had my eyes set on getting to university, gaining a solid degree and then moving onto a career. Since then though I have found my true calling, I love working for myself so much that I now have three businesses aged 17 and this is the sort of thing I see myself doing for the rest of my working life.

    My parents aren't so convinced though, even whilst I earn more than my mum they believe I should go to uni. But I can't, running three businesses is a full time job and I plan to start more ventures this year.

    My situation is unusual and I'm unsure of how to win my parents over, I'll probably have to end up funding my own gap year in order to keep everything going and really push to grow my businesses.

    Going to uni would be a waste of time and money for me, I could never work for anybody but myself ever again.
    Very interesting scenario.

    Just think of all those who have been successful starting up their own business and have never gone to university! So many famous names! I can see your parents point, though - should anything go wrong with the businesses, you'll always have your degree to fall back on. Not only would you have to fund your gap year, though, but possibly also the three years that you are at university.

    But if you are passionate about your three businesses, and possibly more in the future, then stick at it! Your parents should be happy that you're doing something you want to do and, I assume, enjoy!
 
 
 
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