Money and fame make up quite the cocktail, and these young people aren’t even legally able to enjoy one.
Can you recall that idealistic kid in your grade school who thought they were going to cure cancer or that high school friend who seemed wiser than their years? I would bet that they actually went on to do well in life. Of course, that’s not to say that every idealistic kid out there ends up an astronaut, but creativity, drive, and a passion for success are rarely able to be taught. Psychologists describe the combination as fixed personality traits.
What’s encouraging about these young people’s success stories is that they’re unpredictable-- from culinary ventures to drone prototyping, each individual represents a different niche in a breadth of specialties. Suffice it to say that the people who made this list may make you feel simultaneously good about the world and bad about yourself. But we aren't hating, just appreciating.
via: GettyRemember when you were a kid and your mom or your dad would make the best PB&J (diagonal cut, of course)? Well, Logan Guleff not only did it better, but he won the Jif Most Creative Sandwich contest for it. At age 9, his win launched him into a culinary career served with a heaping of awards, a drizzle of cookbooks, and a sprig of international recognition.
Mihir GarimellaAt the heart of Mihir's success, you might attribute it to an aptitude for scaling small, simple ideas. Before he won Google's Science fair with his FlyBot prototype, Mihir was designing motion sensors to automatically turn off his bedroom light, and creating a robot that could tune his violin for him. Safe to say most kids would have just left the lights on or quit orchestra. Inspired by the humble fruit fly's adaptations, Mihir's FlyBot is a drone that is more nimble than most, making it perfect for emergency situations that would normally risk the lives of first responders.
Moziah BridgesWho doesn't like a classic man? What classic man is complete without his custom-made bowtie? Moziah Bridges began making bowties with his grandmother when he was 9, eventually selling them in his hometown of Memphis. Soon, Mo's Bows was spotted on Shark Tank and his success led him to an NBA deal that permits him to create bowties with each team's logo on them. Mo knows what's up.
Akshay RuparielaYou may think Akshay is #blessed, but he comes from modest means. As the main caretaker of his two deaf parents, Akshay seeded an idea to charge a flat rate of £99 on selling homes, whereas most real estate agents would rake in 2 to 3% on commission. This simple yet brilliant business model is what has led his company Doorsteps to be valued at $12 million.
via: GettyThe pure definition of Gen Z success, Nash Grier made his name as a Vine star when he was merely 15! He couldn't even drive yet! Currently, Grier is taking on a smattering of roles – like music video director, talk show co-host, and face of an Aeropostale clothing line.
via: GettyJason Li’s entrepreneurial habits were informed by his parents' own work ethic. As immigrants from China, Jason saw how hard they worked to support him. So when they gifted him an iPod and its screen broke within weeks, Jason set out to fix it himself. He not only figured out how to repair his own iPod, but he eventually began charging other kids in his class a small fee to fix their broken electronics. He coined his business iReTron and it was snapped up by Shark Tank. The rest is, as they say, history.
At only 13 years old, Austin started Zuram, a company that focused on building websites for small businesses. At the start, his main client was his uncle but the company has grown from a family affair to a legitimate business that holds 31 clients and multiple employees. Word is, websites won’t be going out of style anytime soon so it looks like Austin’s business model has room to grow. Hats off to you, kid.
Daniel SchlessingerThis Nebraska-born kiddy found himself in a predicament when his hands became unbearably chapped during the winter months. Realizing that he was not alone, Daniel set out to develop his own moisturizer – one that worked. Several years later, Daniel had a formulation that included a low dose hydrocortisone, even teaming up with chemists to get the job done. Suffice it to say, he and others that use his FixMySkin product have baby-soft hands throughout the year.
Jeffrey Owen Hanson
Forget fighting for success, Jeff’s story begins with fighting for his life. Diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis as a child, he began painting watercolors onto note cards to cope with his emotional stress. This progressed to donating his cards and then auctioning his canvases to charity. Eventually, Make A Wish Foundation connected Jeff with Elton John and the two swapped a painting for a show in Dubai. Today, Jeff sells his paintings for profit as well as donates them to charitable causes.
Juliette BrindakMove aside, boys club. Juliette Brindak created a girls-only social networking site when she was a young girl. "Miss O and Friends" is a site inspired by a cast of cool girls, with Miss O being the HBIC (Head B In Charge), inspired by her younger sister, Olivia. Juliette’s minimal sketches were brought to life by her graphic designer mother and she received business planning help from her father. Now as a millionaire, Juliette has proven herself to be HBIC.
Before there were Apple Geniuses, there was Tyler Dikman. This kid played doctor to customer’s computers, helping them to clear and scan their devices for viruses. Through his business, Cooltronics, Tyler transformed his parents' house into a loading dock and headquarters. But don’t worry, he made it up to his mom and dad by hiring people to take care of their lawn and walk their dog. Worth it.
Jessica MahHigh school dropout isn’t a phrase that typically makes you think of success. But Jessica Mah skipped over high school and started InDeniro, an accounting and tax services to small businesses. She’s been through Y Combinator (not a cult) and she’s also a pilot. Her career is literally and figuratively soaring.
via: GettySometimes the difference between success and failure is hard work. But, sometimes you’re just a genius. Brian Wong graduated college at 18 years old and founded Kiip, a company that targets gamers by sending real-world rewards for in-game achievements – a simple insight that has earned him a million dollars before the age of 20.