There has never been a better time to be young and successful, according to Forbes. The publications annual “30 Under 30” list proves that in today’s world, being young is an enormous advantage, and if you want to “change the world,” being under 30 gives you a leg-up on the competition.
“In the past, youth was a handicap to professional success. Getting older meant more resources, more knowledge, more money,” says Caroline Howard, Forbes staff writer. “Those who grew up in the tech age have way bigger ambitions — perfectly suited to the dynamic, entrepreneurial and impatient digital world they grew up in. If you want to change the world, being under 30 is now an advantage.”
Great news for the generation that is mocked for being glued to their smart phones. Greater news for young professionals looking to advance in their field, despite their young age.
The 2016 “30 Under 30” lists boast the “Brightest Young Stars and the Future Leaders of Everything,” naming leaders in over 20 different categories based on their “game-changing quotient” along with various other success factors.
Out of 15,000+ nominations, 600 winners were chosen for 20 categories. Of those winners, 50% defined success as “Liking myself and what I do,” 69% earned college degrees, and 84% are single.
Their number one can’t-live-without gadget? Their iPhone.
Red Alert Politics has our own 30 under 30 list which will be released later this year.
Watch some of the Forbes ’30 Under 30′ discuss what success means to them: