THE BLOG
01/13/2015 03:54 pm ET Updated Mar 15, 2015

The Problem With Those '20 Under 20' Lists

My usual "I spend a week at my grandma's house" vacation plan consists of the irresistible amount of sleep, food and fresh air. Additionally, all of my witty books stay in the suitcase for these glorious seven days -- off with you, Fitzgeralds and Hemingways, it is time to catch up with the new cookies and brownie recipes. Both my lack of baking skills and "no makeup" policy won't stop the piling of glossy magazines on my nightstand. As it occurred, these have never been as depressing as this year. What struck me was the gigantic amount of articles about teenagers being CEOs of their own companies, actors accomplishing so much before even turning 20 years old, glamorous bloggers traveling wherever they want shortly after dropping out of college and photographers having their first exhibitions while still in high school.

Do not get me wrong. I am glad that the journalists put a great emphasis on describing the success stories of young people. However, yes, there is always a "however" at the end of such a long introduction.

This week I discovered something I want to call "over-motivation." This may be happening to me because, except for the holiday time, I am an overambitious and annoyingly creative workaholic. If any of you feel the same way, then you must let me know I am not alone in the madness I otherwise have invented myself.

We live in the world of 16-year-old millionaires, teenage entrepreneurs and child celebrities. It is hard not to get lost in this "youth madness." I started to check what age my role models were when they achieved "something" in life. What I had to realize is that, in most cases, their success wasn't dependent on their age. It was about hard work and a stroke of luck.

The "no pain no gain" conclusion took me some time. During my "I-have-to-do-it-here-and-now" madness I managed to send a 10-picture only portfolio to modeling agencies and got five rejections out of five inquiries. I also filmed a short film with a plot so unclear I have to edit the whole thing now and shoot it again.

And I will. I hope this is what determination, not desperation, looks like.

There is one more thing. Except for saving the world before your last milk tooth falls out, it is great to spend some time getting a proper education or simply having fun. What about these "20 under 20" rankings? No pressure kid, no pressure. The antidote is common sense.