Child Prodigies often lack originality.
This is not categorically true, of course.
But of you check back with the “typical” kid finishing an undergraduate degree in engineering at 17, you will find them happily employed as a staff engineer 10 years later – not reinventing the wheel like Elon Musk or whoever else.
So much time is spent practicing X that rejecting the premise of X, to do things in a completely different way, is not considered.
It seems odd, but creativity must be practiced too.
Understand: Everything is practice.
Although child prodigies are often rich in both talent and ambition, what holds them back from moving the world forward is that they don’t learn to be original. As they perform in Carnegie Hall, win the science Olympics, and become chess champions, something tragic happens: Practice makes perfect, but it doesn’t make new. The gifted learn to play magnificent Mozart melodies and beautiful Beethoven symphonies, but never compose their own original scores. They focus their energy on consuming existing scientific knowledge, not producing new insights.
-Adam Grant, Originals