The world is filled with significant numbers of great talents and few selected exceptional ones, Kim Ung-Yong who is one of the rare talents got his
Kim started talking when he was just 4 months old. At the age of 3, he could solve Physics problems. He could read Korean, German, Japanese and English by the age of 4.
He was a celebrity figure in all of Korea! He was invited to Korean TV shows and was given complex math problems to solve. He fascinated everyone in the small country with his brilliance.
When he was just 8 years old, he was invited by NASA to work for them. He agreed and moved to the USA. And by 8 he also had a PhD from Colorado State University
He worked for NASA for the next 10 years after moving to the USA.
Now just imagine yourself in his shoes. A 15-year-old kid doing top research for NASA even before your brain has fully developed. It’s not pleasant.
And understandably, Kim burnt out. He abruptly quit his job at NASA and returned to Korea. He thought that the work he was doing there was used for destructive purposes
He came back to Korea and started studying to graduate high school because he could not enroll at any university. After he got his GED score, he enrolled at a regional university to study Civil Engineering.
People around him were dismayed. They pronounced him as the ‘wasted genius’. No one seemed to care that he was finally happy studying civil engineering.
“I’M TRYING TO TELL PEOPLE THAT I AM HAPPY THE WAY I AM. BUT WHY DO PEOPLE HAVE TO CALL MY HAPPINESS A FAILURE?”
He believed the work he was doing now – engineering – was constructive and gave him a peace of mind.
But people did not believe him. Whenever he said that he was happy, people always retorted with “There’s no way that’s possible.”
He did not like working for NASA because he just solved equations like a machine and his superiors took all the credit. Back in Korea people did not understand this and he was sick of the media attention again on his return.
He never lived a normal life – a life where he studied in middle school and then high school and then graduate to go to college. Life just moved too fast and all the praises by the people around him made him think he was doing the right thing. And the same people turned on him when he returned as if they had a say in what he should do in life.
“People put too much emphasis on IQ.”, says Kim.
“Society should not judge anyone with unilateral standards everyone has different learning levels, hopes, talents, and dreams and we should respect that,”
Today, at 52 years of age, Kim Kim Ung-Yong has fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a professor. He teaches students at the Shinhan University.