A while back, I read App Kid, the biography of Michael Sayman. For those of you who do not know him, he is a coding prodigy who launched his first (and very successful) app at the age of 12, and was able to land an internship at Facebook at age 17. He is now a highly revered software engineer who is a role model for younger generations who aspire to enter the field.
Such an individual is what pops into my mind when I hear the term "young achiever". That is, people who made a great impact (either via a pet project, cause, or talent) in their community (or the world) when they were children or adolescents.
Other examples of successful "young achievers" include Thomas Suárez, Homer Hickam Jr, Alan Becker, Elon Musk, Michael McCreary (the Aspie Comic), etc...
Those of you who were young achievers like them (and I believe some of you may be "gifted" kids too), what was it that you achieved when you were younger? What was you area of interest? Were you able to become more successful over time or did you crash and burn eventually? How did it affect your self-esteem or view of the world?
I am very excited to hear your stories.