What Happens to Grown-Up Wonder Children and Why Some of Them Don’t Achieve Success
Talented kids are incredible. As small children, they accomplish goals that some adults never even dream about. Unfortunately, sometimes talent isn’t just about fame and success and some of these stories only prove this fact.
Bright Side wants to tell you about 10 wunderkinds with really different destinies. In the end, there’s a question for you that we can’t answer.
10. Arfa Karim
When this Pakistani girl was 5 years old, she asked her parents to buy her a computer. She tried to figure it out, liked to install new programs and create presentations. At the age of 9, Arfa became a certified Microsoft developer. Bill Gates invited her to visit the headquarters and when she came back home from the USA, she represented her country at international forums.
At the age of 16, Arfa Karim suffered a cardiac arrest after an epileptic seizure that damaged her brain. She was hospitalized and Bill Gates wanted to take care of her treatment expenses. Unfortunately, doctors couldn’t help Arfa and she died.
9. William Sidis
William Sidis was less than 2 years old when he learned how to read. By the age of 8, he knew several languages and as an adult, he claimed to speak about 25 languages and dialects. At the age of 11, Sidis was enrolled at Harvard and became a teacher there at age 17.
He could have built an incredible career but he decided to quit science and become an accountant. He spent his last years as a hermit.
8. Nadya Rusheva
Nadya Rusheva was an incredibly talented artist who drew many illustrations for classic books and books about ancient Greek mythology. She said, “I live the life of those I draw. I first see them ... they appear on paper as watermarks, and I need to do something to lead around them.” Another very interesting fact is that Nadya rarely, if ever used an eraser.
The young artist died at the age of 17 from a brain hemorrhage resulting from a congenital defect of the cerebral arteries. She left more than 12 thousand pictures behind.
7. Akrit Jaswal
When Akrit Jaswal was 7 years old, he performed his first surgery. His 8-year-old friend burned her hand and the burns were so severe that her fingers curled up and the skin on them melted together. Her parents couldn’t pay for surgery so the boy decided to help. The surgery was successful and the patient could move her fingers again.
At the age of 12, the young surgeon entered medical school. Today he’s trying to find a cure for cancer.
6. Nika Turbina
This Russian girl suffered from asthma and couldn’t sleep during her attacks. Once, when she was 4 years old, she asked her mom to write down a poem that, according to her words, God told her. She then started to write more poems and when she was 9, her first poetry collection was published.
At the age of 16, Nika experienced her first nervous breakdown. She went to Switzerland and married her psychologist who was 60 years older. In one year, she returned to Russia and avoided talking about her husband.
Later Nika started to have trouble with alcohol and drugs and she suffered from more and more mental breakdowns. She died at the age of 27, falling from a 5th-floor window at her friend’s house.
5. Jacob Barnett
2-year-old Jacob Barnett was diagnosed with autism. He used to attend special education classes at school, but his mother noticed that the curriculum was too easy and only annoyed her son. So he started to study at home and later he attended physics and astronomy classes at a university.
Barnett finished high school in 2 weeks and entered college at the age of 10. When he was 13, he developed his own theory of relativity and received a lot of rave reviews from his colleagues. Now he’s a respected astrophysicist.
4. Polina Osetinskaya
Polina is a piano player and the daughter of famous Russian writer Oleg Osetinskiy. He used his own methods to raise his daughter and by the age of 8, she could play 30 hours of music by heart. Her father used to tell her that she wasn’t really talented and could only play thanks to his special upbringing methods.
At the age of 13, Polina left home. It turned out that her father used to verbally abuse her and she couldn’t stand his insults anymore. Today Polina puts on many concerts and her colleagues say that her talent is endless.
3. Gregory Smith
At the age of 2, Gregory Smith learned to read. He entered college when he was 10 and was nominated for a Nobel Prize at the age of 12.
Today he’s a doctor of science in computational biology. When he was asked to explain why we need science, he said, “To develop effective treatments.”
2. Cleopatra Stratan
Cleopatra is the daughter of Pavel Stratan, a Moldovan singer. When she was a baby, her dad took her to a studio where he had to record a song. He was singing when the girl said, “I know the words too.” She grabbed a microphone and started singing along with Pavel. Everybody absolutely fell in love with her voice.
At the age of 3, Cleopatra Stratan recorded her first album that went platinum. Nowadays, she is a singer and already has 4 albums.
1. Michael Kearney
When he was only 4 months old he said his first words and learned to read when he was only 10 months old. At the age of 6, he graduated from school and finished college at the age of 10. Michael is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s youngest university graduate. At the age of 14, Kearney obtained a Master’s degree and became a university teacher when he was 17.
Today he works as a scientist and has a hobby: he takes part in intellectual games. Once he almost managed to win $1 million.
Here’s our question: why do you think talent isn’t a keystone to success? Share your opinion with us in the comments.