Not many 20-somethings can say they wake up with a mission to change the world. I know one of the must-do items on my mind these days is “How the hell am I going to pay off my student loans?”
But then again, there’s a long list who have had monumental achievements. Here a few of the most well-known examples:
- Albert Einstein proposed his Theory of Relativity at the age of 26.
- Jesse Owens won four gold Olympic medals at 23 years old during the 1936 Olympics in Hitler dictated Germany.
- Amelia Earheart was 31 years old when she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
- Lance Armstrong has his first Tour de France win at the age of 27.
- Oprah Winfrey was 32 years old when her show The Oprah Winfrey Show was nationally broadcasted.
Men and women of Generation Y, here is your first push.
Despite the flack we Gen Y-ers have been receiving as a lazy generation, we are one of the most intellectual generations yet. For the past five years, I have discovered and researched to find some of the most influential members of Generation Y (arguably anyone born between the early 80s to the mid 90s). From musicians whom help built schools in Africa to equal rights activists,, these men and women are going above and beyond to make the world a safer place.
I hope this series will allow these individuals to gain more attention for their projects and notable for their achievements to better the world. We aren’t all lazy bums.