These Historical Figures Accomplished Incredible Feats Before Age 30

Brilliance | Dec. 17, 2017

Michelangelo once said, "If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all." That might make you feel a little better about yourself if you're over the age of 28 and have yet to sculpt one of the most iconic pieces of art in world history. (Michelangelo created both "David" and "Pietà" before his 28th birthday.) Sure, hard work plays a huge role in achieving unbelievable feats, but, as you'll find out below, there's got to be a lot of natural talent and ability at play here too...

Hard work is one thing, but it doesn't quite explain how a talented little kiddo named Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart began composing music and playing it publicly by the age of six. By then, he had already even mastered multiple instruments. No big deal. Though not quite as young, Alexander the Great was still in his youth when he became king of Macedon at 20. By age 25, Alexander and his army had conquered the Persian Empire, including the city of Babylon. Soon after, he founded the city of Alexandria, and eventually ruled over one of most expansive empires in history. Around the same age (but not same time period), Albert Einstein had published his theories of special and general relativity. These theories are still used as guiding principles of physics. Why is all of this important? It shows that age may not determine skill, work ethic, or achievements. It's never too early to make huge contributions to the world—but it's never too late either.

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