2. Gabriel García Márquez
Like many great writers, Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez “had absolutely no interest in his studies” and dropped out of law school in Colombia in 1950. Ironically, the book that convinced him to abandon law was written by a law school graduate. “I thought to myself that I didn’t know anyone was allowed to write things like that,” Márquez said. “If I had known, I would have started writing a long time ago.” The book? Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis.