What can we show for it? College drop out, never worked in a real company, not even in an internship, just a few side gigs to keep afloat?
And who would hire us? How would they view us? As heroes who tried and failed, but at least tried? Or self-entitled punks who are not able to hold a job or take orders from a manager?
Would our skill sets be valuable? Or would they view our technical / product skills as outdated when the markets move on and we are sticking to our stuff too long?