Why 16 Year Old Rob Rammuny Dropped Out Of School

This past November, my friend Rob Rammuny decided to drop out of high school to pursue a career as an entrepreneur.

He is 16 years old.

To many people, this might sound crazy. What about education? What about getting a job and being successful?

But Rob isn't your typical high school student. In fact, he has been making more than $4,000 per month in revenues for nearly a year now. Next year, he plans to make much, much more.

After Rob made his announcement on Twitter, I thought that people might like to know exactly how he had come to this decision. It couldn't have been easy and there's certainly a lot to think about. Rob was generous enough to give some of his time to answer my questions:

What got you started in internet marketing? Why did it appeal to you?

Rob: After a long road of being mislead by bad marketing and a long journey of mistakes, I decided I wanted to take the route to actually help people make money online. 

I was drawn to the Internet marketing community because the people in it operate on the same mindset, "How can we make the most money and help people at the same time?"

You currently make around $4-5K per month from your web marketing business. Where do most of these revenues come from?

Most of my revenue comes from affiliate marketing, but in 2011 I'm opening up new revenue streams.

You recently made the decision to drop out of  school to focus on your web business full-time. What were the key factors driving this decision?

I actually stopped the traditional high school route when I was 14 years, at that point I was given an opportunity to enroll as a college student. Looking back on it now, it has been one of the best choices I made because I would have dropped out of high school regardless of the opportunity I was given to go to college. 

After spending roughly 2 years studying on a college campus and 2 semesters as a college student, I realized that school isn't something that's for me. My motivation and desire is to beat the odds and go beyond the "normal" lifestyle, I want to take my life to a whole new level and that's something I would be unable to do if deciding to stay in school.

As of right now, I'm currently still in school and I'm fishing my final 2 weeks of school (barely). After that, I will decide whether or not I will continue college or not. 

How did your parents/guidance counselors/friends feel about this decision? Who were your supporters, and who told you to stay in school?

My mother, grandfather and grandmother felt very strongly that I should stay in school. They were raised in the "traditional" times where general education was engraved in their heads. 

When I decided to bring this issue up to my counselors, they knew this was something I thought deeply about and they only wanted me to make the best choice possible. They encouraged me to stay in school, but it was definitely the words that my college adviser said to me that had the biggest impact on me, even until this day ". . . even if you decide to drop out of school and pursue your business, I'm still going to check up on you and see how you're doing." I think those words had the biggest impact on me. 

My biggest supporters were my friends who only wanted me to do what I felt best, which meant a lot to me. They gave me their opinion's on my choice to leave school and told me they support me 100%.

How did you feel the day you finally made your decision? 

The day I told myself "I won't be in school much longer" my whole world shifted. I suddenly knew I have no fall back plan, so failure was not an option for me. It made me determined to work harder to ensure that I will not regret the final decision I will be making.

My forward plans is to show the world that you can do anything you put your mind to. All you have to do is apply yourself, work your ass off and most importantly never give up.

What are your plans going forward? Products, blog, long-term goals?

As we're closing in here on 2010, I want to enter 2011 with high goals of at least 1 very successful product launch and a huge shift to my blog. 

(Note: Since this interview, Rob has decided that he will be moving away from the traditional blogging model and exploring other opportunities. Please check out  his site – http://www.robswebtips.com – if you'd like to learn more)

What would be your advice for someone who's thinking of dropping out of school? 

My best advice is not to drop out just to drop out. What you need to know about me is that I have thought about this for over 8+ months now and I was not going to make a decision until I was firm about it. 

Taking the risk of dropping out of school is huge and understand by taking that risk you might have to struggle a bit before you live the life you want. Like Steve Jobs said after he dropped out of school – It was one of the best decisions of his life, but he also spent several months living on the floor in his friends bedroom, picking up bottles off the street and getting one warm meal per week from the shelter.

And most importantly, get multiple perspectives from your friends and family. See what their thoughts are and if they have had any experience dropping out.

Also, because the intensity of the topic of this interview I want to make a clear disclaimer: Even though my decision is to leave college, I'm making sure I have a high school diploma secured before I drop out completely. 


Rob definitely has some great insights and I wish him the best of luck. For more information about Rob and his business, visit http://www.robswebtips.com

What would it take for you to take a risk like this? How do you feel about Rob's choice?

7 Responses to “Why 16 Year Old Rob Rammuny Dropped Out Of School”

  1. Jacob Sokol says:

    Nice dude! This line spoke to me: "failure was not an option" – keep up the hustle!

  2. Ett says:

    I think if you want to honestly write a blog about how to be a risk-seeking entrepreneur who can drop their conventional lifestyle and make money by writing a blog (or something similar), then you need to be that person.  His hook is the very compelling "I did it and so can you" style.  I don't think his readers would trust him or take him as seriously if he was just a high school student with a profitable side-project.
    In an alternate universe where Rob was writing a popular money-making blog about how to whittle doll houses out of drift wood, maybe dropping out versus keeping open conservative fall-back options wouldn't carry such weight.
    It is interesting that so many bloggers write about making money with blogs (I have a huge bias here because I click a lot of links from this site) in the same way that novelists write about writers, screenwriters write about Los Angeles, and comedians talk about the last shitty city they were in.

    • Matt says:

      "It is interesting that so many bloggers write about making money with blogs (I have a huge bias here because I click a lot of links from this site) in the same way that novelists write about writers, screenwriters write about Los Angeles, and comedians talk about the last shitty city they were in."
      First of all, I think that this is hilarious. Secondly, I sort of dislike articles like this since they tend to distort the reality of situations. Let's break it down:
      1) Rob is 16. He runs a blog.
      2) He is quitting high school. Woah, there buddy – let's not get too hasty.
      3) He is making $4,000 per month. Oh, okay – perhaps this might be okay then. But still – quitting high school?
      4) He technically stopped going to high school two years ago and takes college courses now. Ah – I see. This makes much more sense now.
      5) He is still getting a high school diploma. 
      Clearly this kid is not your average 16 year old. The reason he is successful today is likely due to his raw intelligence combined with his incredible work ethic. Not everyone can do this or will be successful as he is.

  3. Mike says:

    I know Rob and his website a long time ago because he teams up with Alex over Blogussion to run a very successful Thesis theme designing service and they're likely to be ready to open up their business soon. Nice interview, by the way, Vik :)

  4. Tabitha says:

    I really think that this is a bunch of crap.  This kid is a liar and making himself out to be someone he's not.  My family and I know him from the past.  He along with any other kid in high school, took advantage of the new thing some colleges are offering for high school kids to go to the high school to FINISH high school courses as well as get some college under their belt.  When they graduate, on time with their high school class, they will also have a 2 year associates college degree.  This is a great deal, but Bilal, now likes to go by Rob, was not given a special deal.  Any young kid in high school can go this.  He is NOT a college student.  He merely goes to a college campus to complete his high school degree and get some college.  This kid constantly brags about stuff that he's doing and walks around acting like he's some big shot.   He is lucky to have grandparents that have money and allow him to live with them.  Now he tells everyone he is moving to Florida to live the life.  That is a lie to.  This kid is full of lies, including how much money he has made and we would all look to him as a positive roll model if he would just quit lying and be real.  This just makes all of us sick .. the people that truly know him.  Keep in real Bilal

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