How Important do you think high school is in determining how successful you are in life?

Im currently in hs and I feel bad I’m only now really taking things seriously because of a lot of issues I’ll be graduating a bit later. I think last year I had a 2.5 gpa so barely passing and this year I have a 3.6 gpa, im planning on taking two ap classes next year and taking my SATs.

I have this one uncle who’s the type that doesn’t believe you need an education to be successful in life and he didn’t get his high school diploma, I think he only has a GED and I don’t mean to be judgmental but when I compare the life he lives to the life people who were successful in hs, went to college, and got a degree I feel like there’s a clear obvious difference with which pathway offers more financial security.

I feel like a lot of the cherry picked examples for successful high school drop outs are often people who already come from money to financially secure themselves or the rare 0.05% of people. I hope I can preform the best I can in school because I know the unfortunate reality is that school performance really does open up more opportunities for people.
How Important do you think high school is in determining how successful you are in life?
How Important do you think high school is in determining how successful you are in life?
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