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The Nameless Generation

Updated on January 7, 2015
Harmony Zhu, 8, wins gold trophy alongside other youths at European Youth Chess Championship, challenging opponents up to twice their ages.
Harmony Zhu, 8, wins gold trophy alongside other youths at European Youth Chess Championship, challenging opponents up to twice their ages. | Source

Do you agree that it is becoming more and more difficult to secure a prominent accomplishment?

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Don't compare yourself to anyone, but everyone.

In a time when anyone, and everyone, is capable of doing anything, it's difficult to secure a meaningful title for yourself. It's getting to seem that talent is beginning to bear an expiration date, which soils quicker with every year.

We hear about these young people whom've already begun actively pursuing prominent careers and titles, such as 8 year old Harmony Zhu being a piano prodigy (though she began performing at age 7), writing her own book about her travels, and holding the U-8 national chess title; teenage Youtubers, such as (beginning at their times) Shane Dawson and Ryan Higa (Nigahiga) making more annual profit than most professional careers; and bloggers and musicians gaining internet fame which lead to signed contracts.
So, where does this put the rest of us?

Assuming it's safe to say that most everyone wishes to imprint some sort of mark on the world, it's getting to seem that unless you're an incredible engineer or scientist, you have to be 20 years old or younger and come up with, or exert some sort of action big enough to grasp the world's attention, but if someone else does the same thing at a later age, it's not so much of a big deal; such as: compare being able to master a piece of Beethoven or Bach at the age of 16. Well, that's pretty good, except there's a child on Youtube who has mastered and projected one of the whole symphonies at age 9; but should that make your accomplishment any less accomplished?

We're always seeking a way to better ourselves and to gain acknowledgment, but due to all of the increasing media connections, it seems that doing so is no longer enough. Think of all of the people with perfect SAT/ACT scores and/or with Ivy League Diplomas, even they aren't secured anything; a perfect score won't guarantee admission into any college, graduating from Harvard or Princeton won't guarantee that dream job.
We've always been labelled by a number: our class percentile, net worth, number of participated activities, etc; but now, the new number is age. Rather than judgment being upon qualities such as proficiency, commitment, and/or dexterity, the subsequent generations are now being forced to grow up quicker and snag some sort of entitlement before they even obtain their high school diploma.

"Age is but a number, yet your life is just like another'"

With the current economy relying on precarious equilibrium, everyone is now expected to hold mastery upon multiple skill sets, even if only one will be used. Why hire someone who's amazing at people relations and communications with the designated degree, when there's someone adequate at it holding the same degree and a secondary degree in humanities; it's no longer how well you perform tasks, but how many can you perform.
So, just how much will be enough to get noticed?

Prominent Youths

  • Jackie Evancho, 14, professional opera singer; began her career at age 10. (x)
  • Ann Makosinski, 15, created the first human-thermal flashlight. (x)
  • Jack Andraka, 16, invented a diagnostic test for pancreatic cancer.
  • Boyan Slat, 19, developed a way to clean up Pacific ocean within a decade. (x)
  • Brittany Wenger, 19, created a software network which could detect breast cancer, minimally invasive and more reliable than current biopsies.
  • Parker Liautaud, 19, visited North Pole 3 times and is studying climate change.
  • Taylor Wilson, 19; at fourteen, he built a working nuclear fission reactor, youngest to do so, and has since then been working on technologies to promulgate energy efficiency.
  • Divya Nag, 22, Cofounder of Stem Cell Theranostics and StartX Med, studyingand creating cells and finding more efficient ways to test medications and develop treatments.
  • Evan Spiegel, 23, founder of Snapchat.
  • Ludwig Marishane, 23, created a no-water cleansing gel that is antibacterial and biodegradable.


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