I’m sure you have all already heard of the 14 year old boy that developed the top downloaded iPhone app, bumping even the very popular Angry Birds for the top spot. It’s a pretty cool story. The boy who has grow up around technology, was prodded by friends that it would be cool to create an iPhone app, so he did. He went to the local library, checked out some books on iPhone development and got to work. While he needed his mothers help to get his iPhone developer account set up and actually get the app into the app store, one thing is for certain, this boy isn’t the typical kid.
I’m not saying that because he knows how to code like the best of them, but because the kid took initiative and putting some of the frivolities of his childhood aside, spent his free time working on something he was interested in. I can’t say that about half the people I know around that are my age and older. Honestly, most people, especially those with jobs, spend their free time relaxing or unwinding from their jobs instead of furthering their education, pursuing their dreams or even putting great ideas into action, myself included.
Here are a few things to take away from the young boy named Nay:
Recognize your ability
Adam Jones said, “W are our own worst critics.” and it’s true. We doubt ourselves when we should be charging forth; we look back with distaste at our own accomplishments as others look at them with awe.
You can make a difference. You don’t have to be young. You don’t have to do something that no one has ever done before. Do something that you want to do and do it now, and you will be successful.
Majority doesn’t rule
When most kids were out playing with their new Christmas toys, Nay was sitting at a computer programming a game. He spent time at the library which is pretty rare in and of itself these days. He found an interest and stuck with it and is now the feature of national news.
Doing the same old thing won’t get you into the spotlight. It won’t get you rich and it won’t lead to great things. Being unique harder than it sounds, especially for kids and teens because being different means standing out and teens are brutal to those that stand out, but if you stand your ground and are true to yourself and your individuality, great things can happen
Obstacles aren’t always what they seem
I found it interesting that Nay needed his mothers help to get the app into the Apple market. Many websites now require you to be over 14 just to access them. I know when I was doing things on eBay at 15+ I had to have my mom do a lot of the legal stuff on my behalf because I wasn’t old enough to even do business there.
Being young may seem like an obstacle at times, or being too old for that matter, but the only thing necessary for you to succeed is your own drive and vision. Apparent obstacles can be overcome without much trouble when you have your eyes set on the end result.
I spend a lot of time each day wishing I was born a few years later or that I got started with technology a bit earlier but that’s not something I can change and instead I should spend my time learning what these children already know and preparing my kids for technology so that they will be the 14 year old developers making a difference in the world.
This is just another testament that it’s never too early, but also that it’s never too late to find yourself and achieve something great.
Image by William Hook