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A 12-Year Old Made $290,000 Selling Whale Themed NFTs

If a 12-year-old can do it, then anyone can, right?

Michael Dawson
August 31 2021
Benyamin Ahmed’s Whale NFT

The NFT revolution is bringing into play a lot of new methods and tools for people, especially creators, to make better, more lucrative investments in the art world. This, in turn, has created a new source of secondary or even primary income to help support their livelihoods even further.

With that being said, how does one exactly even begin getting into NFTs? We’ve made a guide about this before, but it’s still a somewhat daunting world to many people as there is this misconception that NFTs are a mystical, difficult thing to understand. But we’re here to tell you that not only is that not true, but it’s the exact opposite: NFTs are so easy, that even a kid can do it.

Meet Benyamin Ahmed, a 12 year old kid who recently made $290,000 selling NFTs that he created all by himself.  Ahmed learned how to code at the early age of 5, which helped inform his decision making seven years later on his non-fungible token-selling endeavors. The digital artwork consists of 3,350 whale emojis, which were all created and styled in the same vein as a whale meme from Minecraft, a video game about creating incredible structures and art that amuses both children and adults alike.

Ahmed’s own father is a software developer who believes that the power of NFTs is basically unlimited. He said that NFT artwork is basically akin to trading Pokemon cards, and those early adopters will see profound rewards with a little patience and luck. If you know anything about Pokémon cards, then you know some of the earliest ever made now fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction.

Said Ahmed’s father, “my advice to other children that maybe want to get into this space is don't force yourself to do coding, maybe because you get peer pressure - just as if you like cooking, do cooking, if you like dancing, do dances, just do it to the best of your ability."

Accessibility is extremely crucial to NFT success, as the whole premise of the NFT market is that anyone, regardless of income, can publicize their creations to the world and try to get them sold for money. The fact that even a pre-teen has found success in the space proves the space truly is accessible to anyone. 

NFT success stories like these might become very important in the future. There are struggling communities out there who have created NFTs and very well could benefit from being able to sell those NFTs and hopefully escape their impoverished conditions. That’s the beauty of it all. Anyone, from a 12-year-old to even yourself, could strike gold with NFTs and become the next success story.



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