Any successes in my life have been self taught yes. Only however due to the fact I was blessed with strong, driven and smart people that I was surrounded by. It was these people, especially professionally that carried me in a sense. What I mean by that is I could observe, listen and watch them, and in turn learn by their example. My role was having the courage to ask questions and know what my appropriate role was as I climbed the ladder. I hope this answered your question.
In conclusion, I was very successful with grade 8 education and no one to help me.