Q: "I wish to become a great graphic designer but have not graduated from any design school. Competition is huge and I feel that self-taught designers are less recognized in the design field."
Thad: "If you have the passion and determination, you'll succeed. A qualification from a design school is only a small part of a successful designer. Use online resources and find mentors to speed up the learning process. Try Skillshare.com and then find you niche."
Once you've found your niche, calls irate with others to establish your reputation. DOCUMENT EVERYTHING through blogging and YouTube so you can teach others.