Interesting article on the Prodigy.
Synopsis Investigating the cognitive profiles of art, music, and math prodigies. Prodigies dazzle us with their virtuoso violin concertos, seemingly prescient chess moves, and vivid paintings. While their work would be enough to impress us if they were 40, prodigies typically reach adult levels of performance in nonverbal, rule-based domains such as chess, art, and music before the age of 10.
Their performances are hard to explain from a purely deliberate practice perspective. While it’s true that many prodigies receive support, resources, and encouragement from parents and coaches early on, such support is typically the result of a demonstrated “rage to learn”