You can go places in life without a degree. You do not need a degree in order to get ahead in life and be sucessful. Having intelligence, and common sense does a lot for a person and a degree is no more than a piece of paper. So many people bs their entire way through school and do not actually learn and prepare themselves for the workforce, so the more intelligent you are the better.
Of course being intelligent is far more important than graduating and having a degree. A degree does not seem to mean much these days; it is experience and good track record that counts. And to get that experience, one needs to be a smart fast-learner. So if you are intelligent, you will get ahead.