Jocelyn Lavin: Child prodigies may have an easy ride at school – but as I found, they can face difficulties in later life...I didn't find anything difficult until I went to university and realised that the first assignment required hard work and couldn't be dashed off while I was eating, as I'd been used to.
A Psychology Today article – Why Prodigies Fail – says that most childhood prodigies never fulfill their promise. "Perseverance is a key part of it," says Robert Root-Bernstein of Michigan State University. "Many of them say that their expectations were warped by their early experiences." The article notes, "When success comes too easily, prodigies are ill prepared for what happens when the adoration goes away, their competitors start to catch up and the going gets rough." (He is co-author with Michele Root-Bernstein of Sparks of Genius: The Thirteen Thinking Tools of the World’s Most Creative People. http://vsb.li/rQw884
Quoted in my book Developing Multiple Talents: The personal side of creative expression