Hello, In this thread I am asking your opinion on my plans regarding my future. why? because some f you guys are more experienced than a 16-17 y old teenager. A lil bit of introduction... born : 21 april 1995 location: India specialties: good with computers, lil bit of programming experience. mathematics; avid reader; i have been making $2k consistently even with a busy schedule. My Problem... i have always believed that the average or normal way is not the right way and often fails or gives poor results. i am about to finish high school in next 1.5 year, and i have been confused to death between two probable future plans. Plan #1 [the normal way] Study hard, almost to the point to mental breakdown and get into a good college. Would be taking up computer science as my major. I would start my own business within 2 years of graduation. Negative points: besides being boring and confining me to the bare minimum and costing hell lot of money. I would have to invest my time in physics/chemistry which are of little importance to my love for computers [if we ignore the hardware part of computers], neither will they help me in future with anything else. also this would consume total 7 years of my life. Plan #2 The second plan is to do things that matter. I would only study enough to pass high school and put my time in learning about computers/programming; mathematics and business. The first year would be spent on maths and reading business/investing/accounting/financing etc books. Basic level of programming also included. the next year would find me investing more time in programming/computers and reading a lot about everything that matters. Time required: learning is a life long process but i think i would reach a respectable level to start with my own life in next 4-5 years. ------------------------ i know this is a fairly long post, but your advice/opinion is highly appreciated and will allow me to take a fresh look at this situation.