Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Wrote a symphony at 8
Though it wasn't until age 229 that he inspired that awesome song from Falco, it only took Mozart until age eight to write his first symphony. He performed for royalty through much of his teens and by 17 was a musician in the Salzburg Court. Hard to go anywhere but down from there, no? While Mozart continued to make some of the most recognizable music in history, he never made much money. Although, probably still more than Falco.
Gregory Smith: Nominated for Nobel Prize at 12
At 12 years old, the closest most of us get to winning a Nobel Peace Prize is keeping the school bully from stealing another kid's bike. Unless you’re Gregory Smith, that is. He was nominated for his first Nobel at age 12 and now, at age 25, has three nominations under his belt. And he’s met with Bill Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev. And spoken in front of the United Nations. Oh yea, and did we mention that he started college at 10 yet still found the time to launch International Youth Advocates, an organization dedicated to children’s rights across the world? No? Well, he did that too.
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Matt Meltzer almost got straight As in third grade and went on to become a staff writer for Thrillist. Follow him @mmeltrez.