School’s for fools. At least, that’s what 20-year-old Tom Taylor will tell you.
He dropped out of high school in his senior year to play video games full time. Now that’s what we call living the American Dream.
Better still, he makes more than $100,000 a year at it. He’s one of the top professionals in Major League Gaming, a video gaming league formed in 2002.
He’s also the founder of Gaming Lessons, an online video game tutoring business that teaches other kids how to blow up aliens as well as he does. (Now you know why Johnny can’t read.)
For $65 per hour, students get lessons from Tom and his professional video-playing buddies. They each have a unique gaming style and skill.
There’s coach Xena, an expert in combat strategy. Kill3n specializes in strategy and tactics, and coach Spoon is skilled in warfare. If only we had professors like that in college, we might have actually learned something.
Of course, there’s Tom himself. He’s teaching a generation of kids a far more important lesson: math and science are nothing compared to a quick-twitch muscle.
“I guess some people are just born with talents in certain things,” he told the Palm Beach Post, “like Michael Jordan was born to play basketball. I feel like I was born to play video games.”
He was also born to take risk. “I think I took the biggest risk I could take, dropping out of school to play video games, and it paid off,” he says.
Of course, his lifestyle should come with a warning: Don’t try this at home.