19 Things People Accomplished When They Were Teenagers 

Matthew Cole Weiss
Updated January 10, 2020 5.8k votes 1.4k voters 60.5k views 19 items

List Rules Vote up the teenager you can't believe achieved such greatness before adulthood

Ah, the teenage years! A time when most of us were stressing over prom dates or searching the drug store for the right acne medicine. But not the famous teenagers on this list! As an adult, you probably never thought you'd have teenage role-models. Well think again, because this list of impressive young over-achievers accomplished things that most adults don't even dream about!   

When you were between the ages of 13 and 19, your biggest accomplishments were probably making honor roll or winning a championship basketball game. Maybe you got into the college of your dreams or received a scholarship for playing the trombone like a boss. But the fearless and famous teen leaders on this list will blow your mind with their ingenuity and relentless drive.

From winning the Nobel Peace Prize, to ruling nations, to sailing around the world, to selling an app for $30 million dollars, these teens didn't let their age stop them from achieving their dreams. Who needs to worry about passing your driver's permit test when you're busy changing the course of world history, right? So vote up the teenage mutant ninja badass you're most impressed by! 

Louis Braille Invented the Braille System at Age 15
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At the age of 15, Louis Braille (who was blind) invented the Braille System of reading based on a battlefield code a soldier had told him about. He published his first book about the system at the age of 19. He later went on to add math and musical symbols.
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Laura Dekker Sailed Around the World Solo at Age 14
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Though she tried to do it at the age of 13 and the Dutch government shut her down, Laura Dekker actually achieved her goal of sailing around the world by herself at the age of 14. The two year long, 27,000 mile journey took her around the globe and beyond in 2010, and her record has yet to be beat.
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Jordan Romero Climbed Mt. Everest at Age 13
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On May 24, 2001, Temba Tsheri, a 16-year-old Sherpa from Nepal, became the youngest person to climb Mt. Everest. Since then, 13-year-old Jordan Romero of the United States now holds the age record, having beaten the existing record of 15 years old by Ming Kipa of Nepal (a girl). Romero also became the youngest climber to scale all seven of the “Seven Summits” at age 15 in 2011 (the tallest mountain on each continent). 
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Nadia Comaneci Received a Perfect 10 at Age 14
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Nadia Comaneci was the youngest person to ever receive a perfect 10 in the Olympics and still holds the record to this day. The Romanian gymnast won three gold medals at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, and scored perfection on the board. 
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