Growing up, we’re told that if you put your mind to something and work hard, you can accomplish anything.

And while that sounds good, it’s pretty hard not to feel like a complete idiot when you hear about some kid performing surgeries at age 7. At 7 years old, most of us were by baffled by how to prevent brain freeze when eating ice cream.

So keep telling yourself that you’re proud of your accomplishments and that you really are successful, because after you read about these 5 child prodigies, you might not feel quite as smart.

1. William James Sidis—Many believe William James Sidis to be the smartest person of all time. There are rumors that his IQ was somewhere between 250 to 300. To put that in perspective, the average IQ is supposed to be between 90 and 109. Genius IQ is considered to start around 140.

So what did William James Sadis do as a child prodigy? For starters, he could read at just 18 months. He’d already written 4 books and was able to speak 8 languages fluently before he was 8 years old. He even gave a seminar at Harvard on the 4th dimension at age 9. He later attended Harvard at the old age of 11.

2. Kim Ung-yongKim Ung-Yong is considered by many to be the smartest man living today. Born in 1962, the former child prodigy is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records under “Highest IQ” with a score of 210.

The Korean genius entered university as a physics student when he was just 3 years old. He could do complex calculus equations and speak numerous languages while other kids his age were still trying to figure out how to tie their shoes. He eventually came over to the U.S. when he was invited to study and help NASA.

3.William Rowan Hamilton—How many languages can you speak right now? 1? Maybe 2? As a teenager, William Rowan Hamilton knew 14 languages. 14! Considering the average professional athlete can barely put together a logical sentence, that’s pretty impressive. Later in life, he developed the mathematical theory of quaternions, an important part of algebra.

4. Akrit Jaswal—Some call him the real life Doogie Howser. We call him another impressive child prodigy that makes us feel like complete idiots. Akrit Jaswal has the highest IQ of any boy his age in all of India. At age 7, he was actually performing surgeries, and now, he’s working on new theories to find a cure for cancer. Genius? Yes. But would we want the kid operating on us? Probably not.

5. Gregory Smith—At age 2, Gregory Smith was already reading. By age 10, he was enrolled in college. And at age 12, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Yes, that Nobel Peace Prize. He lost out to Jimmy Carter, but it doesn’t change the fact that the guy is a genius. And lucky for us, he’s decided to put his intelligence to good use, founding an advocacy group promoting peace among young kids.

Also see:
Meet Victoria Cowie, The Girl With IQ Higher Than Einstein and Hawking's
Adora Svitak: The 'Dora the Explorer' In The Real World

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