By definition, not everyone can be exceptional. But there are a select few in each generation who stand out from the seemingly endless sea of mediocrity, breaking through the cacophony of internet noise through shocking and, at times, almost unsettling feats of innovation. No longer limited to the confines of categorical oppression, today’s most influential young people are rule-benders and game changers, paving their own routes and re-defining what we refer to as “success.” You’ll find neither Lennon or Lenin in this mix, as they have transcended political and artistic trappings. Connecting art with commerce, technology with philosophy, spirituality with sensuality, they are the visionaries that will lead us into a brighter, more efficient, and altogether more exhilarating tomorrow. Below, the 5 most influential changemakers of 2014.