Perhaps you have heard of the great, young, people from history. But what about in these days? Are there any ambitious young people left? The answer is... Yes! From Pakistan to the United States, young people everywhere are putting in their share. I have put together a collection of stories about the ambitious people of this age - people, whom I hope, will inspire you. We all have our gifts, our talents, our dreams; and something to give to the world around us. Some of us dare to dream, and do hard things, while others go with the social norm. These are stories of those who did dream, and who implemented those dreams; they made this world a better place, and I hope you will too.
Alia Sabur was 14 when she graduated high school. She was born in 1989 to her mother, who was a reporter, and to her father, a Pakistan native. She earned a Tae-Kwon-Do black belt at the age of nine, left public school as a fourth grader ,and was admitted to State University of New York. She earned an M.S. degree in 2006 and made the Guinness Record as the world's youngest professor at age 18. In 2010, she came up will a plan to help alleviate the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico. She is currently a materials scientist and continues to inspire others. Her story especially touches me, because she pursued an engineering degree and graduated high school early; my plan is to also graduate early and become an engineer.
John Shea earned his bachelor's degree at age 17, got a scholarship into law school, and became an attorney at age 21. At age 15, he already had 18 college credits through CollegePlus. “Don’t be bound to the expectations of the culture,” Shea says, “Try not to compare yourself to other people your age; instead, compare yourself to those you want to be like.” Those who work hard, display strong character, and set themselves apart from a mediocre generation of young people are those who will excel in all that they do. John Shea is a perfect example of this, and his young life testifies to the faithfulness of God in the lives of those who dedicate themselves to Him.
Malala Yousafzai was born in 1997 and is the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize at age 15. She lives in Pakistan and is a spokesperson for women's rights, and education. She continued her cause even after surviving a bullet from an assassin. She said, "Today we all know education is our basic right. Not just in the West."
John Tyler Hammons became the mayor of Muskogee, Oklahoma in 2008 with seventy percent of the vote, as a college freshman at age 19. He then was reelected in 2010 in a four way race. Hammons spent most of his first year improving the city’s quality of life. He then made plans to establish a countywide 911 telephone system and improve the city’s infrastructure for his second term.
Alex and Brett Harris are Christian teen twins who started a website "The Rebelution" together at age 16. It has over 32 million hits from people all around the world. They wrote the book "Do Hard Things" together at age 18 based on the blog. They are raising the low expectations of the world sets before us.
Zach Hunter became an activist for anti-slavery at age fourteen and authored four books at the age of eighteen. "Be the Change", "Generation Change", "Lose Your Cool", and "Chivalry" He speaks around the world and is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post.
So are there ambitious people these days? Are people still capable of so much more? I once again say “Yes!”, and I hope after these examples, that you can truly see that you can do more, and be more. So do something; do not just sit there. Do not be the average person. Do not talk the talk, walk the walk, as well! I leave you with a quote from Alex Harris. “God set His standards this high so that we won't make the mistake of aiming low. He made them unreachable so that we would never have the excuse to stop growing.”